Monday, February 7, 2011

Tiki Torch Trek (TTT)

The TTT is one of our favorite events around here, and a great time is had by all. People come from all around, and the Trails Group does an amazing job of organizing it. They really put the time and effort to make it an memorable event. We had been going like crazy for the previous 24 hours, but we were still primed and ready to the some night skiing.

We are lucky in having the trails right by our house, so all it takes is getting our boots one and skiing to the trails. The ease and convenience really make it more of a possibility, because if it took more work and preparation, I might be discouraged from even doing it.

It had been snowing steadily for the 2-3 hours prior to going outside, and then for some crazy reason, the weather warmed up and the snow turned to sleet/freezing rain. What a drag, but that didn’t stop people from showing up and having a good time. We all just got wet, but when you’re XC skiing, it doesn’t really matter, because you’re working hard so you don’t really notice being wet and cold.

Also, because the snow was getting soft and mushy, it made slowed the skiing down. Normally this is a bad thing, but it made skiing down the hills, which is a challenge for me on XC skis, much easier. There is a big hill that you have to take to get to the party.

The soiree was happening. The food was great, lots of sweets (we made cookies), along with music and friends. The social aspect can be exhausting, but also, since it’s dark and rainy, you can just stand there and say nothing and nobody seems to notice.

At some point, we wanted to ski, so we geared up and hit the trails with HH and her kids, and it was a blast The turnout this year was good, there were tons of people on the trails, and a good time was had by all. As it neared 8:00, we decided we needed to wind down and get some sleep, so we headed home.

It was a wonderful evening to cap off a hectic but fun weekend, and we still have Sunday to contend with. I want to really go skiing, but that might be asking for too much, and we may spend a quiet day in the big city. Then again, you never know.

Until then, thanks for reading, and thanks to Joseph Ellis for the pic.

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