Park City – Day 3

Day 3 of Park City brought us a few inches of snow! We started right as the lifts opened up (or just a few minutes behind) and headed straight to the Powder Monkey “Adventure Alley” section on the back side of the mountain.

This is a tree filled gully full of little dips and whoops that was a bit like going over a pump track on a mountain bike.

It continued to snow on us and we explored the rest of the mountain.

We called it an early day and went back home to meet up with Marv. It was good to see him again and hang out. It continued to snow so Marv had to call it a bit of an early night to make it back down the mountain.

We TRIED to get into the hot tub before dinner but it turned out to be more of a warm tub. 93 degrees and it was snowing HARD on us. Luckily this is fixed now but it made for a pretty unpleasant realization at the time.

No Name Saloon was next on the list. Everyone grabbed burgers and Pete was inappropriate with the waitress as usual.

An excellent 3rd day in Park City.

Park City – Day 2

  • Top of the world selfie
    Top of the world selfie
  • Binding repair
  • Falling in the lift line (me plus new bindings)
  • Fast runs
  • A run that lasted for miles
  • Sunny skies
  • Powder Monkey tree run via super high lift
  • Lunch break
  • Anneka learning to ski backwards and crashing into a 30 foot wide bright orange Slow Zone barrier in the beginner zone.
  • Outside beers
  • Freezing night run lift
  • Beautiful moon and sunset over the mountains
  • Amazing view of Park City way below lit up at night
  • Hot tub!
  • Pizza
  • Review of pics and videos of the day
  • Writing from bed

Hoping for snow tomorrow.

Park City – Day 1

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Day 1 in Park City was excellent. The sun was shining, there had been a touch of snow the day before, and we set out to explore the mountain. We got a bit of a late start because the trip felt very last minute for a lot of people. We needed the morning half of the first day to get equipment, rentals, and lift tickets sorted.

I drove the crew around in a minivan. I won’t lie; I fucking love minivans. Right now we’re driving a Chrysler Town & Country. Lots of amenities, tons of storage, room for all your friends. At this stage in my life a minivan is a little bit like a rolling party. It may be a bit excessive that there are 8 cup holders within my direct reach from the driver’s seat, but oh well.

After getting all that sorted from 8:30 – 11 we hit the slopes out or back porch. No joke. We walk out our back porch up a small hill, ski down a short run, and arrive directly at the Town Lift in Park City. How bad ass is that?

Facebook has a lot of evidence of this. And I’ll have to post some here when I get around to it.

The weather was incredible: clear, sunny, crisp, cold. Not too windy.  We explored a lot of the mountain doing a few runs in each section and by the end of the day we were just mentally and physically exhausted. So exhausted that we didn’t even feel like getting in the hot tub.

Anneka baked cookies and made chili. As usual, I asked Anneka to marry me (I always do when she cooks for me), and as usual she said no. One of these days. Sorry Brendan!

Now it’s time for breakfast and a potential trip to demo a different snowboard.

Lift Surprise Shot

Airplane Post – Utah Bound

I’m bound for Park City Utah with Brendan, Anneka, Kenneth, Peter, Paul, and Dave (who I haven’t met yet (or is it whom?)). The flight from ATL to SLC seems to take forever. So long that I was suckered into buying 90 minutes of Internet for $12 dollars.

This is ridiculous. I know it to be ridiculous. I did it anyway. Now I’m writing to you about it.

What should I make of that?

I’m reading Don Quixote – but it wasn’t enough to hold my plane interest. I found some new sci-fi books I want to read. I should have loaded them up on my Kindle. Will make a note of that for the ride home.

Funny story.. One of the girls from The Flying Saucer was on the plane from RDU to ATL. Then I saw her in the ATL airport, and AGAIN on the plane to SLC. I’ll have to chat her up once we land and figure out what sort of strange coincidence finds a waitress and her loyal alcoholic customer bound for the same destination.

On to the rest of The Internet before we land.

Memorial Day Ziplining in Florida

I decided to make it a 4 day weekend for Memorial day on the Tuesday before the weekend started. I checked my family’s availability for Saturday, booked tickets for a zip line tour in Florida, took Friday off, then drove down to Florida on Friday.

I had a little bit of a stop in Jacksonville to visit a colleague Nik and say hello. Breaking up the 8 hour drive was good.

It was great to spend time with Jen, Matt, Cody, Mom and Cal. Saturday was zip lining and you can find some pictures here:

Zip Line Photos

Group shot
Group shot!

Sunday was a lazy pool day at Jen’s and dinner at Mom’s.

Monday was driving back home to Raleigh. I don’t really mind driving and I got to listen to a lot of NPR along the way.

Snowboarding 2012/2013

I’ve been on a few snowboard trips this season.

  1. New Years – Vail
  2. January Colorado Redux – Copper and Winter Park
  3. March – Snowhoe with a giant group
  4. Late March – Wintergreen for an unexpected snow day

Vail was a great trip (but we could have used more snow) with a pretty big group of people. New Year’s Eve in Colorado is a pretty good way to do it. We need to remember though that the better snow seems to come later 🙁

Sun rise on the Rockies.
This is why I’m not answering your email.

 

After the New Year’s trip Brendan said “Hey, my buddy is opening a brewery in Denver. Do you want to go back out?” I said yes immediately, even though I had just returned from Colorado days earlier. I had some vacation time to take. We hit up Copper and Winter Park (moguls can suck it). There are also some shots of Craig’s brewery in here:

View from the Winter Park lift.
View from the Winter Park lift.

 

After a busy January I took February off from boarding an focused on work for the entire month. March rolled around though and it was time for some spring skiing at Snowshoe, WV. The weather was sunny and sometimes warm. The slopes were filled with college girls on Spring Break. We had an awesome chalet to stay in. This was a great trip.

A colorful group of friends at Snowshoe.
A colorful group of friends at Snowshoe.

 

We decided to make one last ditch effort at boarding in March. It was the weekend after a balmy 70 degree St Patrick’s day in Raleigh. We headed up to Wintergreen and were greeted by cold (and SURPRISE) a snow storm. We had several inches dumped on us while we were boarding. Best trip ever and a great way to wrap up the season.

Our group in the late season snow!
Our group in the late season snow!

We even managed to get a video of Kenneth and Pete coming over Lower Cliffhanger. I like Kenneth’s roller coaster technique.

 

Kenneth did mention that A-Basin is open until something crazy like June so maybe there is one more trip left. Who knows?! This was a good season though. I’m much faster than last year and more confident in my ability to haul ass without serious injury.

Hiking Pilot Mountain with Wes

I decided to take Wes up on some of our prior conversations where we talked about hiking around various NC mountain spots. We took a Saturday and spent it at Pilot Mountain hiking for about 9 miles.

This was an excellent trip and I’m glad we decided to hike the whole thing instead of just doing the summit loop. Much more rewarding.

Visiting Priya in Birmingham

I decided to keep up the friend visits by following through on a promise to visit Priya in Birmingham, Alabama. This was a great time. Priya knows lots of beautiful girls which is always a nice bonus. Here’s the full photo set of my trip to Birmingham.

We also did a group dinner which was awesome. Priya introduced us to a number of her girlfriends. Everyone was pretty cool.

Group Dinner in Birmingham

We went to a bar where they sang Sweet Home Alabama. This was a lot of fun when you’re actually IN Alabama. Everyone went a little crazy.

Alabama bar (college bar?)

We went to an after hours bar too. That was a little insane because we were out WAYYY too late.

The trip was a success and much fun was had.

DC and Raleigh with Jason, Ashley and Robbie

Since visiting Buffalo in June / July we all decided the crew needed to visit Raleigh. Labor Day worked out to be the best time. On the way down Jason, Ashley, and Robbie wanted to stop in DC. That seemed cool to me so I flew up to meet them there and bummed a ride back down for the long weekend to Raleigh.

Here’s a link to the full DC / Raleigh album.

Since Devon also lives in DC I figured I’d let him know we were raiding his town. We actually wound up staying in his building. Thanks Devon!

Outside Devon’s Place

We started in the morning and hit the Metro up toward The Mall. We did the normal tourist walk and checked out The Washington Monument, The WWII Memorial, The Reflecting Pool, The Lincoln Monument, the Vietnam wall.

Still our walk continued, we checked out The White House, and the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. At that point I think it was lunch time and we grabbed some BBQ on 7th.

After BBQ it was the Air and Space Museum followed by a walk around The Capitol Building. That was a hell of a lot of walking. I think we added it up and tallied something like just over 6 miles, maybe 7. We had some smoothies with Devon and Stef and then headed back to Raleigh via Richmond.

In Richmond we met up with a high school buddy Mitch and visited a local brewery for some snacks, a beer or two and a growler. We left the brewery behind and the passengers slept off the pints on the way to Raleigh.

We spent the weekend in Raleigh hanging out and recovering a bit from how crazy our day in DC was.

Here are some more shots taken along the way.

Robbie and I hanging out under the NY section of the WWII Memorial.
Lincoln Memorial was awesome. Spent time reading all the text on the walls.
Copying and iconic shot.
White House shot with the group.