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Skiing and Snowboarding

cross country skiing

Today we had a heat wave with temperatures in the 20’s F and an additional 3-4 inches of powder on the ground. Something just gave me the urge to head out and have some fun this evening! After work I quickly fed the kitties, watched Ellen and pulled out my skiing equipment. I was successful in making it out on the hill within an hour’s time. The tracks were perfect in every way and quickly changed into my skiing boots!! This is the first I have gone cross country skiing since the 2005 season!! Last year we never had enough snow for good tracks and this years conditions became good once it was extremely cold (and I became a wimp and didn’t go)!!

skiing in the dark

The sounds of the two skis clapping against the snow are true sounds of happiness! I always love an adventure so 75% of the time I do this in the pitch dark!! Lucky I had my headlamp with me and know the trails extremely well!! Did I mention how nice it was getting out on the trails again?? I headed home after being tired from the wonderful workout. Lucky there was a little milk left in my fridge so that I could make some hot chocolate and relax with my laptop to write this posting.

I also wanted to include this video clip from last weekends snowboarding adventure with my banding assistants!! Young naturalist J (snowboarder) and his father (skier) were in this clip while young naturalist C took this 5 minute clip with their new camera!! Yep, I said 5 minute clip but I did edited it down to only be 30 seconds long (where you can also see the nature nerd in the gray jacket hogging the camera time)!!

It should be a great post tomorrow because I am heading over to watch the Can-Am Dog-sled Races over on the Quaker Side of Allegany State Park!!

7 responses

  1. Oh yeah, nothing like the sound and feel of skis on the snow is there! And the cold, fresh air! You’ll sleep good again tonight! C did a great job on the video! Wow, snowboarding is definitely different than downhill skiing. Even though I don’t like poles, I do like to be heading straight down the hill – I can’t imagine going sideways like you do on the board!
    Can’t wait to see your photos from Can-Am Dog-sled Races – I love watching the dogs! Can you do a video clip of the dogs in action for us?

    9 February 2007 at 9:13 pm

  2. Didi

    You make it look easy and fun.. great video 🙂

    9 February 2007 at 10:21 pm

  3. @ Pam, thanks soo very much! It was a great night and I do hope that I sleep good! Been doing snowboarding all my life so it just comes natural to me! But, I don’t do the tricks like I use to when a kid! I will try to get a clip of the dogs running for ya!
    @ Didi – try to have fun with it!

    9 February 2007 at 10:35 pm

  4. The waether is supposed to moderate this weekend, then back to frigid. enjoy it while you can.

    9 February 2007 at 10:38 pm

  5. Barb – nooo, did you say frigid again?? 😦

    10 February 2007 at 5:52 pm

  6. Hey! I just realized you post more than once in one day. I missed some things! See the snowboarder in the video? That’s where I’d wipe out and lose my front teeth.

    13 February 2007 at 4:17 pm

  7. Mary – sometimes when I get bored I get post happy! Thanks but hard to see but I did have a helmet on (under my hood)! Better safe than sorry!

    13 February 2007 at 4:39 pm

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