March 11th, 2013

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Colorado trip

We took a family trip to Colorado, but I didn't see a whole lot of family. My fault! B and J and C and V all like to ski down hills and Brian's brother's family has a place at Copper Mountain that is ideal for such ventures. We used all their stuff, too, and that was nice. I am in love with my brother-in-law's ski pants. But I do not care for skiing down hills.

My nephew had some snowshoes in a closet, so I borrowed those plus his boots plus some extra socks. The first day I watched some youtube how-to-snowshoe videos (the best tip came from one titled How to Carry your Snowshoes) and then I went out for a walk to see if I liked it. The next day I packed a lunch and stayed out most of the day. This is a great hobby for misanthropes; I spoke to no one and saw only one other human—at a distance, and we moved away from one another. I did see some wildlife and some ex-wildlife (much easier to photograph).

The next day I drove one town over to Frisco where I took a cross-country ski lesson at the Nordic Center. Cross-country skiing is ok and I wouldn't mind doing it again, but it does require a certain amount of coordination limb-wise. I lack this.

It was great to get all the kids together, although I didn't spend much time with them. We have another trip planned next month and I think it will be more of the same. We'll meet in Florida and they will watch baseball. It will be warmer, at least.