We went with a group of 4 other friends and Jeremy booked a suite of rooms in Burlington, VT. We stayed an hour away from the mountain, but our rooms were half the cost of what they would have been in the scenic, tourist town of Stowe at the base of the mountain.!We had a little kitchenette, two large bedrooms, a living room with a fold-out couch, and a bathroom that was literally the size of my current kitchen, complete with a jacuzzi!
On Wednesday afternoon the ladies and the guys split ways and we girls went window shopping in downtown Burlington. Here was a view of Lake Champlain from the parking garage entrance…
One of the best parts of the trip were all the yummy, home cooked meals we simply heated up after a long day of skiing! It was worth all the work to have that home style cooking at every meal, and not have to be paying the exorbitant restaurant rates in a resort town.
In the hotel room in the evenings we played Settlers of Catan, an awesome board game I got Jeremy for Christmas. (Here is Tim, Jeremy in the background, and Caitlin). One night we stayed up till quarter to one! (those who know me know that’s REALLY late for me!)
I was actually too busy skiing to get many pictures – can you blame me? But Mrs. Gorman took a few nice shots – she has a good eye…
Tim, Jeremy and I skied together all day Friday (Tyson and Caitlin were still testing) and had a blast. It is great to have a ski instructor as a husband – I am constantly amazed at the endless supply of tips and exercises he can give me that improve my skiing in a single run! Finally, the self-proclaimed “snow plow queen” actually started carving, and was amazed at the purity of motion – it was like my skis had gone from grating on the snow to making music!
Then I realized how fast I was going -” AAAAAHHHHH!!!!”
Tim’s advice – “Don’t fear speed! Open yourself up to it! Speed is…Love!”
For me, speed was terror! I actually went down one slope sitting down, sliding my skis in front of me. This was much easier than ‘tacking’ all the way down a hill that was much too steep for my abilities. It was loads of fun, and such nice weather, too!
Learning to carve was not the only thing I accomlished on the trip – I also made siginficant progress on my Seven Year Sweater, as well as learned to knit the european style from Mrs. Gorman. I will show evidence of those accomplishments in a later post.
I'm so totally with you on the speed thing. Speed is terror to me too. I'm all about control! Yay for control! I'm very happy to be the slow poke and enjoy myself quite well puttering along. 😀
sarah, I republished the post with 5 pictures – the empty boxes are what always remains when picassa messes up my post!
Too bad Jeremy didn't pass this time around. Glad that didn't phase him. Also glad that y'all had such a good time. Vermont is lovely, although I've never seen it in winter. Can't wait to hear more about what you've been up to.
Oh, ditto the meals thing.I did that last time we went to the beach. It made things so much nicer.
Ok, some of them are: I guess I just need to be patient and let them load.
Your description of skiing and speed … Do you live in my head?!? 🙂
This is precisely how I feel about speed of any kind. And also why it took me soooooo long to get my drivers liscense. 🙂 I'm getting over it though: I can do 80 on the freeway now and I actually enjoy the "carving".
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