It was a GREAT time! It was a rare priviledge for a clueless noob like me to even be on the same snow as these folks. I can definitely say that Saturday was an adventure and that sometimes ignorance is bliss.
We're going WHERE? Up THERE??!!!
Someone else is going to have to tell you where we were - I'm not familiar enough w/ the area to say for sure, but from where we stood you could see 4,5,6 ? other resorts - what a view!
The back story for me is that I missed my flight on Friday evening ---- thanks to the friggin' construction on I-79!! You Pittsburghers really need to DO something about that - I hold you all personally responsible.
The next flight out was at 8:45 Sat morning - so I took my lemons (and my swearing and stomping around) and made lemonade - checked into the Hyatt at the airport and sat in the hottub and painted my toenails and slept on nice fluffy pillows!! I sure showed THEM, didn't I?
So I got into Denver at 10am, rented a car and drove to Loveland on a BEAUTIFUL blue bird Colorado day. I pulled into the lot at Loveland, and there was this big pick-up with a palm tree sprouting out of the bed, and a crowd of loud people clustered around a gas grill. This must be the place!!
What a welcome - and how cool to be able to put faces to names. The ones I remember... Uncle Louie, Kima, Kiersten, Katy, Bong, Kay, Bob B, Ric, Tom B, Fall line, Lisamarie, (and ssh and Lewbob on Sunday) I know there are more that I have forgotten - I'm sorry
I downed a hamburger and then we were on the slopes. So I started the morning at Pittsburgh elevation, and by afternoon I was at 13,000 feet - thank god for Gingko and lots of water!
It was beautiful, and I got some good pointers and stuff for me to work on next season. Had piles of laughs and a beer at the "tailgate" - actually I was a two-fisted drinker - a Newcastle in one hand and a bottle of water in the other!
Spent the evening w/ Lisa and had a great gab-fest.
Sunday was a lighter turn-out and funkier weather, but still a great time. Fall line baby-sat me in the morning (with a bum shoulder yet) and I used the afternoon to get mileage and enjoy the scenery. I had a GREAT time, and I can't wait to be able to do it again next season. What a wonderful bunch of people.
This morning I woke up to about 8 inches of heavy wet snow, so I was a little nervous getting back through Loveland Pass from Silverthorne, but all went well and I'm home hunched over the 'puter again. I can't think of a better way to have ended my first real season (total = 15 days)
A HUGE thank you to everyone!!!!