We finished up the rental properties and Kate and Brian came up from Colorado Springs to spend a long weekend with us. We ate lots of good food; played lots of board games – Risk, Taboo, Password, and my personal favorite, Scrabble; and did lots of dog-hugging. We are dog-sitting Sam, a golden retriever who wants nothing more out of life than to be snuggled. We also did some skiing, if you could call it that.
On Friday Phil had to work, but Kate, Brian and I headed in to check out Mario Gully, probably the most accessible winter skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park. We hiked in to Dream Lake and with all the fresh pow, Brian and I opted to keep going and check out Mario Gully while Kate headed back to the car, likely having more fun skiing the trail. The usual wallow up to Lake Hiyaha (spelling?) from Dream was luckily non-existent this day due to a fresh trail and we were able to make good time getting to the gully. Despite about 2 feet of fresh powder, there was virtually no base, and you could see the outline of the boulders which were hiding under the 2 feet of fresh snow. We cautiously picked our way down the gully and took a longer route getting back to the Nymph Lake trail. Once at the trail we, too, had a great time cruising back to Bear Lake and taking out a few little children on the way.
The next day, we went to the Indian Peaks with the dogs and played with our avi beacons. I had a headache all morning and spent the whole time in the car feeling not so great. The dogs had a good time, but the frigid temps were even a little much for them. I hope to get out soon to practice with my beacon.
All in all, a great weekend! But, not quite enough of a base to really go out hard skiing yet. Maybe soooooooon!