Greetings From Vail
Greetings from Vail, Colorado!
Transition from Spring to Winter
On Saturday afternoon, I took the dogs for a nice spring hike in Virginia. We had wonderful warm weather and lots of sunshine. On the drive back, I passed a house where a little girl was taking down a decorative snowman from her front porch. Spring was definitely in the air…. and here I was leaving for a winter vacation the very next morning!
Thanks to my insistence to hike with the dogs on my last day home, I put myself in a frenzied situation where I was packing and preparing until 1 AM Saturday night. That’s all fine and good except I needed to leave at 4:30 AM Sunday morning to get to Greensboro in time for my flight! Needless to day, Sunday was a tiring day. But all in all with such little sleep, every leg of the journey went by exceedingly smoothly. Even my wee hour drive to Greensboro got kicked off with a bang. As soon as I turned on the car, James Blunt’s “Your Beautiful” came on the radio.
That song always reminds me of skiing! Last year, Carolyn and I were skiing a sparse weekday at Snowshoe and that song was playing at one of the lift loading stations. I was fond of that song already, but it was so much better as Carolyn and I ascended up the mountain and listened to it slowly fade away under the whir of the lift and the silence of the fresh mountain snow. With that one song on my car radio, I was suddenly in the mood for winter again.
First Ski Day
Yesterday was my first day on the slopes. Our crew currently includes Kipp, Stacy, Mike Newman, myself, Paul (Kipp’s brother) and Sarah (Kipp’s brother’s girlfriend). At first, I thought, “This isn’t that much different than the east coast”, but then as our adventure progressed the views got exponentially more beautiful. Sometimes, it felt like I was in a movie, all the scenery just did not seem real. Riding up the chair lifts is a whole different experience because you have so much to look at. And sometimes, a flat section was a bonus because you could afford to absorb the views (and rest your weary legs).
Last night, we had a wonder dinner at Ti Amo in West Vail/Avon. It was expensive like all our meals here, but it was well worth the extra expense. It was far above the caliber of the $5 bottle of Gatorade I had at the Two Elks Lodge. I had a pasta entree that featured jumbo shrimp, garlic, mushrooms, a cream sauce (not cheese!) and sun-dried tomatos. Very good.
We’ve had some casualties so far– Kipp sprained his thumb. Stacy got sunburn and Kipp got a nice extended snow burn on his back. Nonetheless, everyone is still having great fun.
My new cell phone camera proved to be useful yesterday. I took some pictures from the slopes and thanks to Flickr’s upload capability, I was able to upload them live from the slopes. Here are a couples of pictures: