Monday, January 4, 2010

Great Day on the Ski Hill

Wow, did we ever have a nice day skiing the other day. Best of all, we got to see many of our good friends whom we haven't seen in months, though for many of them, it's because they've defected to New Hampshire. Whatever be the case, it was an awesome day.

We headed over to Quechee to catch the twilight ski, and immediately ran into R&J and their kids. Out of all the people we don't see as much, I think I miss those guys the most, mainly because we kind of come from similar environments (west coast, science), and we both have a thing for travel, though their level of perambulation make us look sedentary. They are so worldly, it's awesome. Most of all, it's fun hanging with them and just talking, the conversation always flows smoothly.

Anyway, we got to ski with them, and the kids got to hang on the slopes. There's nothing like a little peer pressure to push kids to try to impress, and our kids are a bit guilty of it, though it goes a long way to elevate their level of skill. Fortunately, our kids are fairly cautious, so they aren't getting too crazy. It was a lot of fun.

We also saw the W's, though curiously, the last time I saw them, they said with conviction that they were done skiing, and that their kids just hated it. And there they were, skiing. For the record, this is not the first time that such inconsistencies have cropped up with them, and I'm never sure what to make of it. It's hard to peg where they're coming from, so I'm best off not trying.

We also saw our buddies A&I at the lodge, where it was like Romper Room. Kids everywhere, pumped on hot chocolate and donuts, running around. How can you beat that? There was a fairly good contingent of our neighbors at the hill, some of whom I found out later were there, so it made for a sociable day. Also, since it was Sunday afternoon, all of the city folks had skipped town to get back to their 9 to 5's, so the hill was not crowded in the least bit. I don't necessarily mind crowds, it's when they act like they own the place that it bothers me. It's not unheard of for you to get that with the "nouveau riche", suburban bourgeois crowd. Then again, that's the Lakes for you. I guess, when you get down to it, they do own the place (their a landowner's association), so I can't complain... though I still do.

We like the idea of a regular thing at the hill, and will work towards that. It's fun seeing friends and getting a day of skiing in. Then off to the lodge to see our old curmudgeon buddy, SW, and sample his handmade treats. You gotta love it.

Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to Horton Group for the pic.


Anonymous said...

Wow! We went skiing over the holiday and let me tell you it was hard as hell!


phredude said...

Hey Keith,

At least you went for it, kudos to you for that. If you think skiing is tough, wait until you try snowboarding. Definitely a painful learning curve. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.