20 Feb

JMan and I rented snowshoes from EMS and hit the woods. 

JMan leading the way.

Not sure if this is an official skidoo trail but someone sure make our jobs easy as the trail was well packed.

However, going off trail proved to be more work, non the less it was easy to stay on top, and a whole lot easier than doing it in boots.

JMan lot his head of steam a little over 1/2 way. I’ll admit we did climb a few good sized hills and where the boots made it possible it requires a fair amount of work.

JMan taking a much needed rest.

Above and below are a few selfies on the trail. 

All totaled we did 1.3 miles in 45 minutes. That’s a good pace for JMan legs.

Friday boarding

17 Feb

Hit the mountain early today then picked up GMan and hit it again.

By my calculations every run so far cost $5.54. That’s $299 for my pass divided by 54 runs so far this season. When you add them up it’s not a big number, but my body sure thinks differently!

Update, 4 more runs….so now I’m at $5:15 per run. Pretty soon they’ll be giving me money…..not. Not that I’m counting here but today was 18 runs. 


14 Feb

BARCH VDAY CARD = Bachelor of Architecture Valentines Day card. Might as well get some value out of my degree! Made this one up for Jess, mounted on foamcore, like a true architectural board. 

Friday boarding- night 6.1

13 Feb

Actually it’s Sunday boarding. All schools are closed tomorrow so the boys and I headed to Wachusett for a few runs.

Conditions were….well work, but it was a blast.

Route 2 was a mess on the way out but my top speed was under 30. Ru is good in snow as long as you don’t panic stop.

Boys on the way.

Nice empty parking lot and where did the lodge and mountain go!

We hit the bunny hill for a few, but again by the chair lift. We then headed to Ralph’s for a few.

Mick gangsters!

Mick gangsters with goggles!

I beat my all time speed record on some fresh corduroy maxing out at 37.9 mph. 

All in all it was a great evening/night of boarding.

Artisan Tart

11 Feb

Spotted at Starbucks. So is an “Artisan Tart” a crafty nubile young temptress, who dresses teasingly and provocatively? The real question is… does she taste!

Happy Valentine’s Day

11 Feb

Happy (early) Valentine’s Day Jess! Love you so much. 

Posted early as it’s hard to hide a giant heart in the front yard! Lots of X’s and O’s.

Friday boarding- night 6

11 Feb

6 for 6. Last night was my official final night for stacking out tables at Wachusett Mountain. GMan will be moving on to high school in the fall but a few teachers and other parents said he can’t leave so I can continue getting tables. 6 for 6 equals 6 years and 6 sessions per year. Hard to believe I did it 36 time. It was an odd feeling leaving the mountain without the table signs!

However, we promised to go back and visit in the coming winter seasons.

Conditions were great thanks to all the snow Mother Nature dropped on Thursday. As usual I took a few runs then JMan and I hit the bunny hill. No magic carpet today, it was right to the chair lift. JMans progression is impressive. He’s connecting turns and while still dropping a hand on occasion when making toe turns, overall he’s doing great.

JMan all by himself on Hitchcock. Go here for a quick video. 

JMan at the top of Ralph Run.

After his lesson we had a quick bite to eat and then he asked if we could do Ralphs Run. Absolutely I said and we headed for the chair. As this chair goes higher on the mountain he peppered me with all manner of questions. How high is it? Is the unloading ramp the same? Is the trail steeper? After I assured him he can handle it off we went. He had no issues on the first run and we immediately did another. 

Wachusett is a great family mountain that affords skiers and boarders an assortment of terrain where they can build skills and confidence. Like his big brother I couldn’t be more proud of him for making it off the bunny slope.  

Selfie on Ralph’s Run

JMan taking a rest.

All in all it was a great ski/boarding program with GMans school and a great run over the past 6 years. Like any mountain you meet some great people, both connected with the school and in the many chair life rides, I hope to continue doing so for many years. 

Just a few inches….not

9 Feb

Just a little snow! Looks like a foot to me.

Friday boarding- night 5

4 Feb

Conditions were great. Wachusett does a great job of making snow. In the past few weeks the base is really building up. As usual JMan got to the mountain nice and early. After stacking out our tables JMan settled into his iPod and I got in a few runs.

After that JMan and I hit the bunny hill them he was off to his group lesson. At this point he connecting his turns and looking like a regular knuckle dragger.

Almost double take

4 Feb

In Mass you can get low number license plates. Actually, nowadays you can either win one in a lottery the RMV holds or get one that’s passed down in a family. A low number plate typically contain a series of numbers with no spaces in the middle.

I got mine in the early ninitees from a friend that moved out west. Over the year I keep an eye out for plates that are close to mine. The other day my better 1/2 spotted the following in traffic.

It’s so close to mine Jess though I bought a new car….and forgot to mention it! My plate is 96988 and the caddy is just 10 off.

BTW….If I ever sneak out and buy a new car I’ll go all out, it will have 911 C4 on the back.