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Road trip with the Binders

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Our younger daughter Daria is going to work at the Goldminer's Daughter Lodge at Alta this winter, so we decided to make it a family road trip to get her out there. Or actually, here, because I am writing this from Alta while I wait for the lifts to open. Sorry no pictures right now -- I will try to figure out a way to get some downloaded later.

Margaritamarcia took the first leg, driving with Daria to New Mexico where our older daughter Meryl lives with her boyfriend. We planned a late Thanksgiving with them. Marcia and Daria went the long way, via New Orleans, since neither of them had been there before. They made several stops along the way: Kentucky (to buy me some bourbon), passed through Nashville, stayed in Memphis for a couple of days (barbecue, Gibson guitars, Sun Studio), and then stayed and ate a couple of days in New Orleans. A long drive across Texas, and then I flew into Amarillo to meet up with them.

We spent a glorious three days in the high plains of Clovis, NM and experienced all the dust that we could handle. I was lucky enough to score a tour of the Air Force base and to get out on the flight line to tour a C130 Whiskey. After spending an afternoon at the shooting range where Meryl works (those who know me are now saying "huh?"), We got to eat our first fried turkey!

I drove the next leg with Daria and we drove to Alta via the Grand Canyon -- neither of us had seen the Big Ditch before. Truly a magnificent site. We stayed by the Glen Canyon Dam, and then drove to SLC. We arrived at the GMD yesterday, and skied yesterday after 5" of fresh snow -- our first day on skis for the season, and we were done after two runs.... I guess that I have to get back into "ski shape". Hopefully we will do better today!
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So excited for Daria and for YOU!!!

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Day two on skis went better than day one... I actually was able to ski for half the day before I started "reinforcing bad habits" as my friend Mike Costello would say. It is definitely different spending my first couple of days of the season at Alta as opposed to my usual visits to Wachuset or Sunapee... I could really get used to this...

One thing is for sure -- I miss ESA! I am finding myself floundering a bit as I regain my ski legs. It was sure nice having an ESA coach gently correct my early season form instead of my own harsh, and probably incorrect, self! It didn't help that we did our first runs of the day with a couple of young women that also work at the GMD whose idea of warm up runs differed from my own definition....

Man, it sucks getting old!
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Day two on skis went better than day one... I actually was able to ski for half the day before I started "reinforcing bad habits" as my friend Mike Costello would say. It is definitely different spending my first couple of days of the season at Alta as opposed to my usual visits to Wachuset or Sunapee... I could really get used to this...
One thing is for sure -- I miss ESA! I am finding myself floundering a bit as I regain my ski legs. It was sure nice having an ESA coach gently correct my early season form instead of my own harsh, and probably incorrect, self! It didn't help that we did our first runs of the day with a couple of young women that also work at the GMD whose idea of warm up runs differed from my own definition....
Man, it sucks getting old!

Maybe you should come out to Tahoe and ski with Robin for your first few days. 

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Man, it sucks getting old!

That may be so, but it certainly beats the alternative.

 

Have a grand time and post some pix if you get the chance.

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Well, third day on the snow and poor visibility. But it is snowing like crazy, so who cares? Something clicked this morning, and I am feeling like I am finally getting my feet under me. Got tired an hour ago and decided to stop while I was ahead! Back to Boston tomorrow.
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Sounds like a nice way to start the season.
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I just wanna know how you got all of her stuff in the 911.

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Eric, you cracked me up! You would not believe how small those vacuum storage bags get; the tough part was folding the skis so that they would fit in the back seat. Alas, I put the p-car in storage for the winter so that I could use the garage space for my everyday car during the winter. I'm already planning projects for next summer. Assuming you still have yours, we will have to plan a time to get together and compare rides.
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