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It looks like they’ve finally found Steve Fossett’s plane, and this news caused me to go back and look at the pictures that I took of him at Oshkosh for the EAA Airventure a few years back.

He had just flown around the world, non stop, and they were showing off the aircraft that he used. He really was quite a guy, with some truly amazing accomplishments. If you haven’t read up on him, you should do so. For your viewing pleasure, the pictures from EAA Airventure:

You can click on any picture to get larger versions.



Godspeed, Steve.

So I just got this via email. I’m not saying that it will work, because, for whatever reason, stuff like this never does.. But it was amusing. I don’t buy from Exxon or Mobile anyway, so I’m automatically on board!

*ATTENTION:** THIS IS NOT THE ‘DON’T BUY’ GAS FOR ONE DAY APPROACH, BUT IT WILL SHOW YOU HOW WE CAN GET GAS BACK DOWN TO $1.30 PER GALLON. *

This was sent by a retired Coca Cola executive. It came from one of his engineer buddies who retired from Halliburton. If you are tired of the gas prices going up AND they will continue to rise this summer, take time to read this, please. *

Phillip Hollsworth offered this good idea. This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the “don’t buy gas on a certain day” campaign that was going around last April or May! It’s worth your consideration. Join the resistance!!!!

I hear we are going to hit close to $4.00 PER gallon by next summer and it might go higher!! Want gasoline prices to come down?

We need to take some intelligent, united action. The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn’t continue to “hurt” ourselves by refusing to buy gas.

It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them. BUT,this is a **plan that can **really work**. Please read on and join with us!

By now you’re probably thinking gasoline priced at about $2.00 is super cheap. Me too! It is currently $3.19 for regular unleaded in my town.*

Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a gallon of gas is CHEAP at $1.50 – $1.75, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the marketplace..not sellers. **(OPEC announced this week that it would not increase production, thereby insuring that oil continues to sell for $104 per barrel and higher.)

With the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to take action.

The only way we are going to see the price of gas come down is if we hit someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their gas! And, we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves.

How? Since we all rely on our cars, we can’t just stop buying gas.

But we CAN have an impact on gas prices if we all act together to force a price war.

Here’s the idea: For the rest of this year, DON’T purchase ANY gasoline from the two biggest companies (which now are one), **EXXON* *and **MOBIL.

If they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit. **(But, when they lower prices, you must resist rushing to their pumps in order to buy their gas. You have to avoid buying their gas completely, knowing that other service stations will follow suit in a matter of days. So hang on! Eventually prices WILL fall.)

To have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Exxon and Mobil gas buyers. It’s really simple to do! Now, don’t bug out on me at this point…keep reading and I’ll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!!

I am sending this note to 30 people. If each of us send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300) … and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x **10 = 3,000)…** and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth group of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers. If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted!

If it goes one level further, you guessed it….. THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!! (And that’s more than every gas buyer in the USA .)

Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people. That’s all! Well, and, of course, stop buying gas from just one company.

How long would all that take? If each of us sends this e-mail out to ten more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people could conceivably be contacted within the next 8 days!!!

I’ll bet you didn’t think you and I had that much potential, did you! Acting together we can make a difference.

There is nothing wrong with corporations making a reasonable profit. But $40.6 billion in just 13 weeks is a little over the top, don’t you think? With millions of Americans losing their homes and with taxes going through the roof, we need some relief somewhere and there is no sign in sight that any politician will help us. So, this is up to us. Either hang together on this one or hang separately–one at a time.

If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on. I suggest that we not buy from EXXON/MOBIL UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE $2.00 RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN. THIS CAN REALLY WORK.

Please Keep This Moving, and, Thank you!

I’m now back in Champaign. Safe and secure.

I woke up on Saturday at 4am in Breckenridge. Ate, showered, carried stuff to the car, and we were on the road at 5:03am. I had the pleasure of driving (it was a conspiracy, I think. The others seem to enjoy having me drive during the bad stuff). Highway 9 from Breck to the Interstate (about 9 miles) was about half snow covered and the wind was blowing snow across the road… quite bad at times. A few times I could only see about 5 feet in front of the car. But, I didn’t get in a hurry, and it went well.

Once on the interstate at Frisco ( about 9,600 foot elevation) you drive up and down a couple of hills and then you start the climb to the Eisenhower tunnel, which is at 11,000 feet. The weather generally gets progressively worse as you get near the tunnel. The chain law was in effect for commercial vehicles, and no one was getting in a real hurry. Luckily, the road on the west side of the mountain is relatively well shielded from wind effects, so I didn’t have to deal with that very much. We made it to the tunnel and through it. The wind and blowing snow was a lot worse on the east side. My guess is that the mountain was shielding the wind from the Breckenridge side.

Anyway, once through the tunnel things got a lot better. We made it to Denver and the sun rose just as we were on the east side of town. It would have been great to have been about half an hour later. When you come down out of the mountains there is a great view of the entire city down below you, and the view of the city lights in the foreground with the rising sun in the background would have been wonderful. Oh well. We weren’t going to wait. We were on a mission.

I had calculated that, if we left Breck at 5am, we should be at Cinzetti’s in Kansas City at 5pm. Last year, we had met up with John and Natty at Cinzetti’s in Denver. I had never heard of the place until then. It’s an all-you-can-eat Italian restaurant, and we absolutely loved it last year. We looked them up on the web and discovered that they had a Kansas City location. So, we had plans to stop there on the way back.

We made our way across eastern Colorado (boring) and Kansas (very boring) and rolled into Cinzetti’s about 5:05pm. We immediately got a table. Lucky that we got there when we did. When we left an hour later the entrance area was a madhouse. Cinzetti’s is awesome. By far the best meal of the week. They have a number of tasty Italian dishes, pizzas, and a bunch of nice dessert. It’s a dandy place to visit. I think that once a year is about right, though. Sadly, I didn’t take any pictures, though. I completely forgot. *slap*

We left Cinzetti’s between 6 and 6:30. Made our way east from KC and then south to Bill’s place in Rolla. Got there about 10:15, crashed on the couch and got up at 6:30am for a 7am departure. Dropped Brian off in St Louis about 8:30-8:45 and then headed on to Illinois. Made it back to the house about 12:15pm or so. All in all, a good trip.

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Friday in Breck wasn’t a lot of fun. We knew it was going to be cold. Highs of around zero.. (it was about 3 below at 9am). Wind chills in the -20s. Cold stuff. I got up about 5:30 this morning and watched the wind whip around the snow behind the condo. The top of Peak 8 has not been visible at any point (due to the blowing snow). I had planned to be in the lift line at 8:30 so that I could make my way over to Peak 10, but seeing the temps and the wind chills convinced me to delay. The weather forecasts were showing that the wind was going to pick up after noon, so I decided to go skiing. I got ready and left the condo a little before 9am. Brian and Bill were planning to go out around 10 and ski until 2. I wanted to go do Peak 10, and I figured I’d go from there. I got to the bottom of Peak 9 and learned that the lift for Peak 10 was closed due to extreme wind. So, that wasn’t going to happen. Since it was unlikely that the wind would just completely die all of the sudden, even if they opened the lift, the wind was still going to be pretty bad.

I got on the Beaver Run chair with a couple of ski instructors and we headed up the hill. The wind was whipping the snow all over the place, and there were very, very few skiers on the slopes. My fingers quickly got cold, even though I had started some hand warmers (for the first time this week). I asked the ski instructors about their gloves. One of them had a pair of Rome gloves, and the other had Gordini Outlast gloves. Both seemed to like their gloves. As we went higher on the mountain the wind got worse. I got off the lift and started down the hill. The wind was whipping, my goggles had ice freezing on the outside of them. There was absolutely no contrast to the snow. I wasn’t having fun, I was doing runs that I had done before, and it was cold. I decided that I wouldn’t get a wole lot out of being there.

So, I made my way over to the Peak 8 Superconnect. I figured I could take that to Peak 8, which would let me take the 4 o’clock run back to the condo. The top of Peak 8 wasn’t any better than Peak 9. You couldn’t tell that any of the runs had been groomed at all. The wind was blowing snow across them and had completely hidden all of the corduroy. In fact, as I was skiing down, the wind was blowing the snow across about six inches above the surface and it just looked like dry ice on a dance floor. I couldn’t see the surface, and I just counted on the fact that I had done that run multiple times and knew that I was unlikely to see any rocks, etc.

Groomers were out all over the place. I can only guess that they were regrooming the runs, since all previous indications of grooming had been blown away.

I got to the end of the ski run back at the condo around 9:50. When I got here, Brian and Bill hadn’t left yet, and I had to recommend to them that they not go out. There just isn’t much point. It just isn’t fun out there right now. If the skiing conditions were great, the temps could be handled, or if the temps were good….. But with the combination of everything, and knowing that I wouldn’t be doing any new runs any time soon….

So, we’ve just watched some TV since then. Boring times in Breck. A family showed up at our door this afternoon. Their rental company (not the same one we use) had told them that Sawmill 115 was their condo. It wasn’t. They left sad, but wiser.

For supper we went to Tokyo Taipei. They bring out this pre-meal thing (kinda like mexican restaurants will give you chips and salsa). It’s soybeans that have been steamed or something. They are still in their soybean shell, so you bite on the shell with your teeth and the soy beans pop out. Quite tasty.

For the main course, I had chicken Teriyaki. It’s the same thing that I had last year when we went there. For food presentation, I think that this place is about the best that I’ve ever seen. The chicken comes out on a pan that is still sizzling. The quantities are very good, and the taste is excellent. Bill had the Vegetable Tempura, and it comes on a big square plate with breaded veggies arranged in all kinds of neat ways. Another table had bought a bunch of sushi, and they brought it out in a miniature ship. Another table had something delivered that was in a little flower-type basket. All things considered, a very tasty meal. It might just be the best of the week so far.

Planning to leave the condo at 5am tomorrow. Going to be getting up really early. Cinzetti’s for dinner tomorrow night. I can’t wait!

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Good day on the slopes! Read on for details.

Last night, some new people moved into the condo above us, and they apparently stayed up all night long walking around. And, I think they might have been doing some sort of construction in the room above my bedroom.

For some reason, it took me forever to fall asleep last night. I read for a little while first, but then tried to fall asleep, and it just wasn’t working for me. I’ve had pretty good luck for the rest of the trip, but not last night. I’ve generally been waking up a few times during the night, but I’ve been able to fall asleep pretty quickly, until last night. Anyway, I got up around 6:15 this morning. I’m trying to push myself earlier and earlier in preparation for Saturday. We want to leave here by 5am. So, I’m going to try and get up around 5:15 in the morning, and that should put me in reasonable shape for the next day.

I could see the mountain peaks when I got up, and that was a great sign. It wasn’t snowing! From the weather report it looked like the snow was supposed to start around 11am. The ski instructor we had talked to last night had emphasized getting on the slopes early to avoid the crowds and get the good snow, so I ate my typical breakfast of oatmeal, got ready and caught a bus around 8:15 (the lifts open at 8:30). We made it to the base of Peak 9 and took the Beaver Run lift. Our plan was to do Volunteer (a blue) and then Gold King (another blue) which had given us a lot of trouble last year. Depending on how we felt after that, we’d decide if we wanted to go more difficult.

We went down Volunteer and got to where Shock (a black) led off to the side. Brian said that if he was going to do a black, now was the time. He felt better than he ever had. So, we slowly slid over to the edge and looked down. I suspect it is named Shock because that’s the state that it puts people in who aren’t expecting the steepness. We talked about it for a while and decided to wait. So, we edged our way back up to Volunteer and I told them that we could try a blue-black instead. So, we slid to the bottom of the hill, took the same lift back up, and decided to try American, which is a blue-black.

One of these times on the way up we went up with a girl who was helping out with the Honda Ski Tour ski-cross race that was going on today (time trials). She had just finished her degree (elementary ed) and had moved to Breckenridge about 6 weeks ago. She had been ski racing since she was 4 years old, and was excited because Darren Rawles (US Ski Team member) was going to in the ski-cross. As we passed the ski-cross track, she pointed out Darren to us. Pretty cool.

We sailed down that run as though were a greenish shade of blue. There were moguls on the side of the run, and Bill said that he didn’t consider it a blue-black since it was so easy. Fooey on that. We did a blue-black, and that’s that!

Next, we decided to do Gold King. Gold King was Brian’s nemesis. We sailed down it and Brian decided that they must have recut the hill, because it was a lot easier than he remembered it being.

Next, we wandered over to Peak 8 via the Superconnect. We took Crescendo (a blue) down to the bottom of the Peak and rode the Rocky Mountain chair back up. Next, we took Northstar (a blue) down. Northstar is steaper than any of the other runs that we had done. It was tougher than Gold King by a fair margin, in my opinion. Brian and Bill decided to stay at the bottom of Peak 9, and I decided to do Duke’s Run (a blue-black). I took the Rocky Mountain back to the top and headed down Duke’s Run. Duke’s Run (unlike American) would probably be truly called a blue-black. It was steaper than the other runs that I had done, but I made it down without any trouble. I caught up with Bill and Brian and we headed back to the top of the Peak 8 on the Colorado lift. I decided to do Spruce, the blue-black right next to lift.

Bill took another run down, and Brian decided to do Spruce as well. (He later said that he hadn’t realized that American was a blue-black, and that the only reason he took Spruce was so that he could say he had done a blue-black) Spruce was a set of three or four steep sections followed by a much more level area. It was a blue-black. The final steep area was steeper than anything I’d done up to that point.

At that point, I decided I was going to do Rounders, which is a BLACK. An expert-rated run. Bill and Brian took another path down, and I headed down toward Rounders. Rounders was interesting. It had some relatively steep sections, but the final steep was longer and steeper than the last part of Spruce. But, I made it down it in pretty good time. I made it about halfway down, where a bunch of the trails meet up (and the difficult part ends), around the same time that Brian and Bill got there. I had conquered a black! The rest of the day was downhill from there. (ha ha)

I had done my black. I had done an expert run. In and of itself, this isn’t a big deal. The nice thing about it, though, is that it shows me that I can handle at least some of the blacks at Breck. This opens up a lot of possibilities for me. I’m sure that there are several blacks that will make me freak out, but I can handle SOME of them.

Breckenridge is made up of 4 peaks (7 through 10). I’ve been on every peak except for 10. Peak 10 only has blue-blacks, blacks, and double blacks. It’s always scared us to death. Tomorrow I plan to be on Peak 10. For a couple of reasons… One, I’ve shown that I can handle the blue-blacks and the easier blacks, and two, we rode up one of the lifts today with a ski patrol dude. He told us about a run on Peak 10 that isn’t on the maps. It’s the “peak road” and is rated a blue. Breck decided to open it this year after they had printed the maps. SO, I can go to the top of Peak 10 and see the scenery and get down alive!

After the black, we poked around on a few more runs and headed back to the condo for lunch. I had another excellent lunch and we headed back out. The afternoon was a pretty low-key affair. It had started snowing about 11am (as predicted) and it was getting colder. I went down Spruce one more time in the afternoon, but we mostly played around on Peaks 8 and 9. We didn’t even stay out until 4pm. We actually came in around 3:30 because we were really getting cold.

We went to the Horseshoe restaurant for supper (actually the Horseshoe 2, to be technical). I had the Country Fried Steak with chili cheese whipped potatoes as a side. The potatoes were interesting. It was a dollop of mashed potatoes with a layer of cheddar cheese melted in and a hot chili type sauce. I was expecting texas-style chili, but that wasn’t at all what it was. The Country Fried steak was really good, and it came with a slice of Texas Toast and a couple of orange slices. The meal was really quite good. I should have gone with regular mashed potatoes, but it was still interesting.

After that, we walked up and down the street for a while and looked in a few stores. I had been thinking about getting a pair of “over mitts”. It’s a large mitten that’s designed to fit over a regular pair of gloves. But, I decided to save the money and just use hand warmers tomorrow instead.

Why is this important? Well, it’s going to be insanely cold tomorrow. The high is supposed to be between -5 and zero F, and a fair amount of wind. Wind chills will be in the -20s (or colder). We aren’t really planning to spend the majority of the day on the slopes. I think that Brian and Bill are going to wait to go out, but I think I’m going to go out at 8:30 like normal hit Peak 10. I want to hit the runs freshly groomed, and then I will either come back in or do some of the runs on the other peaks.

All in all, a great day at Breck!

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Today has been boring.

We have always planned our week-long ski trips so that we ski on Monday/Tuesday,Thursday/Friday and do something else on Wednesday. This gives us a chance to recharge our batteries, nurse our battle wounds, and get ready for the final push. One year we went snow mobiling on Wednesday. Another time we went snow tubing over at Keystone resort. This year, though, we haven’t really done anything.

I had planned to go out and do a bunch of photography on my day off, but it has been snowing all day today, which really destroys the nice photographic opportunities. So, we’ve sat around the condo and watched it snow.

We had thought about skiing today and taking Friday off. It’s going to be insanely cold on Friday. But, we ended up going with the normal plan. We’ll see how Friday goes. Frost bite will be a possibility, but I plan to be as wise as I need to be to prevent that from happening.

Last night’s visit to Bubba Gump was really good. I went simple with the Fish & Chips. It was really quite good, though. The fries were just standard seasoned fries, but the fish was quite good. After Bubba’s we thought briefly about having a crepe dessert, but ended up walking in the opposite direction.

On the way back to the condo we stopped into the Breckenridge Information Center. They have standard brochures about stuff around town there, and they also have a museum detailing Breckenridge’s past. The museum is really nice. It has a lot of information in it, and is well worth a visit. But, the real coup of the evening was chatting with the administrators of the musuem. We ended up talking to them for probably over an hour and the discussion ranged far and wide. The admin and his wife (both there) live about 30 minutes south of Breckenridge on Highway 9. They can’t afford to live in Breck. The overwhelming majority of people who work around here can’t afford to live here. This is one of the things that makes Breck such a unique environment compared to everywhere else I’ve ever spent any time. Anyway, the guy is a certified ski instructor and we had a really good chat about the ski runs. He actually recommended a black (Cimarron) over some of the blue-blacks that we had been investigating. So, I might just get brave and try one tomorrow or the next day. Doing the runs early in the day was definitely recommended (fresher snow that hasn’t been scraped off by a bunch of people).

This couple has lived in Colorado for about 11 years. They moved from Ohio and don’t make near as much money now as they used to, but they enjoy their life a lot more. They said that Highway 9 is usually kept in better shape during the winter than the Interstate itself. They said that the road can get kinda busy when the shift changes occur at Breck. So many people that work here live in that direction that it can cause traffic.

The town of Breckenridge is planning to take over control of the various museums in town. Apparently there are a bunch of them. Something like 15 or so. Who knew? Anyway, they are going to hire a manager to be over the administration of all of these museums, and the pay for the job is going to be 70k. So, a high level town administration position salary is 70k. In a town where a 2 bedroom condo goes for 4-500k.

Supper, which is a major event around the condo, took a while to decide upon tonight. We had a few more restaurants on tap that we wanted to try out. We wanted to do the crepe place for a dinner crepe (followed by a dessert crepe, of course). Brian was saying last night that last year we went to the crepe place 3 nights. Before tonight we had only been there once this year. Here’s a pic of the crepe place, btw, that Brian took last year. We also wanted to visit Tokyo Taipei, which is a nice oriental place that we went to last year. And, there is a pizza place in town that has wheat crust pizza. We went there last year, but they didn’t give us a whole wheat pizza like we asked for. But, since I had pizza a couple of nights ago, we decided that the pizza was optional this year. So, we changed things around a little bit. We decided that we could pass on having the crepe-only night. We decided to go to an Irish pub tonight. They have a shephard’s pie that sounded good. We got there and they were full. We could have waited around, but we decided to go to another place instead. There was a steak place that had a sirloin for a reasonable price, so we went there. Kenosha Steakhouse was the name of the place. I got the Kenosha special sirloin, and it was merely OK. I’ve had much better steak. It came with mashed potatoes and broccoli. No bread or salad. Salad was an option for a price.

After the steak house we went by a couple of outdoor stores. We were looking for good gloves. We found some that would probably have been good, but they were very expensive. I ended up buying a new pair of glove liners. They are a freaky gold color that would look right at home on a 12 year old girl playing dressup in the 1980s. But, since they are a liner, they won’t be visible most of the time. And, I got a couple of pairs of hand warmers. I think it is going to be really cold the next couple of days, so they might come in handy.

After that we went to the crepe place. I got a raspberry chocolate cream crepe. It was good. Bill got a pumpkin pie crepe, and Brian went with a S’Mores crepe. Right after us a girl ordered a crepe and was commenting that she was living in town, but hadn’t been to the crepe place. So, I struck up a conversation with her afterwards. She said that she had lived in Paris for a while and had gotten burned out on crepes. She was studying for her EMT license, was going to live in Breck until May or so, was a 6-months at a time type of person. She grew up in Georgia, had lived in Switzerland, and she worked at the Mother Loader tavern. And, she wasn’t bad looking, not that it really mattered.

After that… back to the condo and preparation for tomorrow.

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Today was a good day on the slopes. We covered 63.02 miles over the course of the day. Quite a few more than yesterday. Today we spent most of our time on blue runs. I can totally see myself on a blue-black before the end of the week. Particularly if we get some fresh snow (they are saying we might end up with anywhere from 5-12 inches over the next day or so).

For breakfast this morning I had the remainder of the pizza that I had bought last night for supper.

This morning we made our way over the Peak 7 and did all of the runs on Peak 7. Then, we came back to Peak 8 and took 4 o’clock back to the condo for lunch. I had another excellent lunch, and then we hit the slopes for the afternoon. We went to Peak 9 and did several of the blue runs there. Then, we jumped back to Peak 8 and did the loop from near the top (as high as I’ve ever been, anyway) to the midway load on the Peak 8 Superconnect lift. This is a great loop. There is only about 4-5 minutes on the lift, but you get a lot of vertical out of it. Very nice loop. Blues at the top, and greens at the bottom.

Brian’s boot wasn’t fitting quite right and he had a sore spot on his ankle, so he came back to the condo a bit after 3. Bill and myself kept going and ended up coming down Northstar on Peak 8, which is probably the longest steep section that we’ve done this year so far. Then, another loop on the midload and it was time to head to the condo.

Once back at the condo, I enjoyed a steam shower, and now we are just killing time before going to Bubba Gump’s for supper. I might have shrimp. We’ll see.

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The skiing was good in Breckenridge today. After leaving the condo this morning we went to the bus station next door and waited for a bus to take us to the nearest ski lift. It took a few minutes for the bus to arrive, but that gave me time to get all of the various pieces of clothing that I was wearing properly adjusted. The bus arrived and took us to Snowflake Lift. We hopped on the lift, rode it to the top, and slid down the side of the hill to Lift 5. We then proceeded to spend the morning going up Lift 5 and down the various green runs that are near it. I used my GPS over the course of the day and we ended up traveling 42.52 miles (including the lifts and the ski runs themselves).

We came back to the condo for lunch and I had my typical travel meal: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I don’t typically eat PB&J any other time, but I enjoy it when I’m traveling for some reason. Go figure. Along with the sandwiches I had some chips, an apple, half an orange.. I ate well.

For the afternoon we got slightly more adventurous. We rode the bus to the bottom of Peak 9 and took the Quiksilver lift up to slide down a few more green runs. Then, we went over to the Peak 8 Superconnect chair and went to (somewhere near) the top of Peak 8. The nice thing about this lift is that it only services blue runs. So, we got the opportunity to go down a small amount of blue. We went down Springmeier and connected with the 4-o’clock run. We took that all the way back to Quiksilver, and did the loop again. The top of Quiksilver to the Peak 8 Superconnect and from the top of that down the 4-o’clock run. We then went back to the top of Peak 8 and took Crescendo down. By this point in the afternoon, the slopes were getting a little bit icy. I didn’t have a problem on Crescendo, but it could have been better. By this time it was after 3pm (the lifts close at 4) so we went to the bottom of Peak 9 and just road lift 5 a couple of times. We got on lift 5 for the final time at about 3:54pm. So, it was after 4pm when we got to the top and we were able to ski down after 4pm all the way to the end of the 4 o’clock run.

Got back to the condo, took a steam shower (wonderful thing, those steam showers) and poked around for a bit while we were getting ready to think about dinner. We ended up going to Michael’s Italiano for dinner. I got the Grilled Chicken pizza. It was a small, but ended up being about a foot across and was plenty more than I was in the mood to eat. It was really good. It had the chicken, pesto, sweet onions, tomatoes, and goat cheese on it. Brian and Bill both got the baked ziti.

After that we hit a couple of stores and made our first visit to Crepes ala Cart. This place is indescribable. You’ve just got to see it. We had a dessert crepe. I went simple. Just a chocolate crepe. I wanted dark chocolate, but they didn’t have any dark chocolate, so I had to settle for semi-sweet. Supposedly they order their dark chocolate over the internet from somewhere in Europe, and they had run out. So, I didn’t get the dark chocolate. It was tasty, though.

Skiing today was good. I felt great all day long. No muscle problems worth talking about, and I feel great now. I think my running is really paying off. I knew I did that for a reason. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the week. If we can get some fresh powder I can totally see myself on blue-blacks by the end of the week. If things stay icy…. probably not. Stay tuned!

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