Day 1 – Smugglers Notch

After a quick trip to the on site country store at 7:30 to pick up bagels, cream cheese and 1/2 n 1/2 we went back to our condo for breakfast.

(Messy) condo shot.

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Then we got the GMan’s gear sorted and headed straight for the top!

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Clearly this is spring boarding east coast style. Since we were on the hill early the pcondition were okay. However, it got slushy very quickly.

We got in four runs before our lesson at 10:00am. The GMan and I were joined by one other participant so it was more of a private than group lesson. The instructor (Bryce) was very good and we all picked up a few tips. I wanted to get better at going goofy (normally regular) as I seem to end up going goofy when I get in trouble. So picking up a few pointer will help. I think we got in four more runs and two different lifts. By the way all the lifts so far a doubles and lets just say you get a nice rest while ascending!

For the first time ever I jumped the gun on the lift line. After a slice of humble pie we were moving again! I guessed I just spaced for a few.

Next was lunch…a salad for my. I needed a bowl of greens and then back to the condo. Apparently the morning wore out the GMan and he called it quits on boarding for today. No worries are we are here all week, not sure if the snow will be! I believe it’s off to the fun zone in a bit. Nap time.

More later.

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Heading north to VT

The trip north was fun. We came up 3 to 89 to 100 to 108.

Car shot.

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The office at 60 mph!

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89 North

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Top it off and media fix

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No trip is complete without an ice cream and what could be better than Ben & Jerry’s. We took the tour and had extra ice cream after. Yum yum.

Ben & Jerry’s Tour

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Tour tickets.

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Golf anyone?

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Which one?

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One for me.

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One for my better 1/2.

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Chunky Monkey sample (I think). In any event it was great.

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Post tour event. This was a small!

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We ended up in Stowe VT ski area on 108, which is the wrong side of the mountain! Apparently my GPS didn’t know that the mountain pass is closed this time of year! After consulting a paper map, yes paper, and a quick phone call to Smuggler’s Notch we drove 100 north to 15 West to 108 East. On the way is started to rain but not for long. However it was in the seventies for most of the trip. This will defiantly be spring boarding.

Rainbow on 100.

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After settling in we took a dip in the pool and had supper. I sleep soundly for a few hours and decided that blogging at 3am was just as good as any other time. More later.

All A Cappella Live

Our annual trek to the A Cappella concert.

Good show all around. My money on MIT! We just voted do we’ll know in a minutes who’s going to win.

The winner is “Chorallaries of MIT”

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2 more days!

2 more day and the GMan and I will be heading north for 4 days of end of season snowboarding. If anyone is in or around Smuggler’s Notch VT ping me.

Arisaka Type 99

I acquired an Arisaka Type 99 from my father-in-law a while back. It has a history and I add a page to talk about that. Right not I wanted to get up some photo of the on going restoration. Lets just say it spent that last 40 years or so propped up in the corner of my in-laws basement that occasionally takes on water! Go here for more information on the gun. Here are some photos of the restoration so far. I borrowed two ultra sonic cleaners from a friend and soaking the parts in Kerosene is really helping to loosen up heavy rust. By the way heating the oil which you can do with these units is an extra benefit! More to come as I move forward.