Tuesday, January 22
Monday, January 21
Sunday, January 13
- first intro to Crowders was on a first date
- hiking up and down and back up with a loaded pack to train for the Appalachian Trail
- running, jumping, slipping, sliding through a thunderstorm trying to get off of the mountain as lightning struck all around
- running into Dr. Winkler, superintendent of my school system
- hiking with one of my students who presumptuously asked if she could go hiking with me in front of the entire class
- nearly being sited a ticket for staying on the mountain past sunset
And now I can add one more: Hiking Crowders with Lana, my sister who for years has admittedly "hated the outdoors". But on our way down I hear her say, "You know, I do like doing outdoor activities. I'll never plan them, of course, but if someone else initiates them, I'd go along."
Wednesday, January 9
Ricci took a week vacation to snowboard at Breckenridge with some friends, and was adamant that I tag-a-long for a few days. I accepted the offer with out much of a thought and was graced with a place to stay and personalized snowboarding lessons for free.
Sunday, Ricci spent most of the day teaching me the basics, then cutting down the slope a ways, stopping, and looking up to where I was so ungracefully making my way down at a snail's speed. I took some tumbles, but managed to avoid people and trees, which was an answer to prayer. By day two I was making my way down the slopes on my own, turning (though every so slowly), but managing to appear somewhat like a snowboarder.
Ricci and I worked out a deal upon my departure from Breckenridge. For all of her help and use of her buddy pass, I gave her my new bindings, and to encourage me to continue boarding, she gave me her old bindings and boots. I feel blessed to have a friend who would slow down and take the time to patiently teach me a skill of snowboarding, when I know she would've rather been carving her way down the slopes at break-neck speed. Thank you Ricci!