>Staycation Photo Essay

>Phew – what started as a few hours off here and there turned into 3 days of skiing and snowboarding and two days of sledding and snowman building. And there was some laying around, too. But not a lot of working or computer time. Yea! We all really needed a break, and mother nature was happy to oblige with 16.8 inches of snow for a snow day on Thursday. We had already played hooky on Wednesday for a ski day at Copper, so when the daycare just didn’t open, and then Luke’s camp started sending kids home after an hour, and then my work closed due to the blizzard, we did what we do best: Packed up the car and headed to the slopes. (This is where I would link to “state of emergency 1994” when we hit the closed roads and made our way to Seven Springs in Pennsylvania after classes were canceled for the rest of the week. But that was a long time ago and I did not have a blog.)

Start of the storm:

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When our friends called to say they were headed to Eldora for the day, and planning to spend the night in a hotel in Nederland, I secretly thought they were crazy. But when my work closed for the day, I started packing. Dave put the chains on the van and we got ready to caravan up there, Eurosled style. It was mildly harrowing.

** Here is where I need the picture that Andrea took of the Fire Department telling us we needed to turn around because a bus was sideways across the canyon and an SUV was in the creek and the road was closed. We were probably 45 minutes into a 45 minute drive, and we were about halfway there. Fast forward another hour or so, and we made it there via an alternate route. ***

The snow was amazing. Wow, we had a great day! Jack’s first Powder Day!

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The best part was that the kids didn’t really want to ski, so the adults got to take a bunch of turns without them. (Shh, don’t tell them that.)

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Then we went out to dinner, hit the hot tub, and went to Eldora again the next day.

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Did I mention that in our haste, we left without Luke’s ski jacket, ski pants, and gloves? Fortunately he had his playground jacket on when we left, and I was able to borrow some tourquise and yellow snowpants from the lost and found. We bought gloves.

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We tried to make it home after 3 days of skiing and snowboarding in time for a nap, but time sort of slips away sometimes when it’s been snowing and then the sun comes out. But we made it home eventually. While Jack and Dave finally got their naps in, Luke was busy helping to build an igloo.

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The deer were hanging out too:

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To be continued…

Next up: Adventures in Sledding


2 thoughts on “>Staycation Photo Essay

  1. Anonymous

    >I can’t believe you guys are still getting so much snow! And how amazing that Jack is on skis already! Wow! I cannot picture Wesley on skis at all (or Jackson for that matter!). Great pictures and sounds like an amazing long weekend. I’m so jealous.-Ellie

  2. molly

    >Sounds like a lot of fun. Jack looks great on skis. Poor Luke-wardrobe malfunction…And the drive….Imagine me…There are some things you don’t tell your mother…

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