In Retrospect of Snow Sports Month

As usual, lots of things I didn’t get to accomplish and still want to do. Snowshoeing is definitely one of those things.  A recent recommendation of making a snow angel is also something that sounds super adorable and fun.  So, there’s still a few good months of winter left and I might just be able to sneak some more snowy adventures in.

There were also really awesome things that I did get to do.  I went up to Mount Hood for the first time.  Went cosmic tubing and zip lining and had a freaking blasty blast.  Went ice skating on a lady-date.    And… uh… bought a groupon to take a snowboarding lesson… and… bought some winter gear…  um… okay, I guess that’s it.  But what I did do was pretty awesome, so BOOM!

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January 29 – Ice Skating

Bought a Groupon for ice skating at Lloyd Center.  It was $10 for two people with skate rental. Took my “special friend” Katie.  (Side note: this is her new nickname and she will forevermore be referred to as such.  Mainly due to my coworkers thinking I might be a lesbian because of all the lady-dates we go on.  Oh, and maybe also because I brought power tools in to work to install a bulletin board, but whatevs.  It’s probably the lady-dates.)  First things first.  Time to lace up!

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Ready to roll!  It’s been about 20 years since I’ve put on ice skates, but it did come back pretty quickly, after some stumbles.

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We skated for about an hour, then stood enthralled as the Zamboni made it’s graceful loops around the rink.  Why can I not look away?!?  Skated for another half hour or so and asked three different people to take our picture before winding up with something that was acceptable.

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Ice skating was really fun and a good workout.  Taking your skates off at the end feels incredibly awkward and I was immediately sore.  But I did get a good Toe Pick in!

January 19 – Cosmic Tubing and Zip Line

I was excited all week about this amazing adventure.  Got off work at 5pm.  Met Katie and her 12 year old cousin at my place at 6pm.  Packed up some snacky-treats and hit the road to Mount Hood.

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It took about an hour to get to Ski Bowl and we only hit a little bit of snow on the road.  My little Malibu Maxx handled like a champ.  We got there a little before 8pm and got tickets to tube and zip line.  They were $55 each. Kinda expensive.  We were in the rental office when one of the cashiers said, “they are doing fireworks.  You better hurry.”  Coincidentally, the speed at which I could exit the rental shop directly correlated with the speed at which the cashier could move us through.  Surprise!  We missed the fireworks.  Also, we asked that same genius to take a picture of us and this is the gem we walked away with.

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We finally get ready to hit the slopes and can’t find any tubes.  We decide to wait for them to bring more tubes out by a shed next to a very high strung mother and her impatient kids.  Not a great start to the evening.  We finally get our tubes and struggle through the crowd to go on our first run.  The three of us hold each others’ tubes and the guy at the top of the hill asks us if we want to spin.  Uh, hell yeah, we want to spin?!  We go flying down the hill and forget to plant our feet at the end which sends us straight into the fencing at the bottom.  We get a slight reprimand, and go about our merry way making it back up the airport style conveyor belt to the top again. So many people!

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Then, miraculously, we showed up at the zip line station right as they are setting up.  We get suited up with fashionable and wedgie-inducing harnesses and get ready for our zip.  Johno is our guide.  He is a super pumped kid who loves his job.  Really, loves his job.  He takes elaborate measures to ensure each “zipper” is secured and emotionally stable and ready for the journey ahead of them.  We are ready to go and looking tough!

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The zip line was super crazy fun.  The second time I went, I flipped upside down and zipped.  Difficult, but awesome.  Super fun and exhilarating.

After the zip line, all the families had dissipated and the slopes were super empty.  We tubed non-stop for another hour and a half and it was so freaking awesome.  I felt like a kid.  I was so stoked and smiling ear to ear.  So freaking cool.

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January 11 – Hockey

Obviously, I didn’t play hockey. Although the thought of me attempting to ice skate, hold a stick, follow a puck around, and not spend the entire time on my ass would’ve been something to see. Alas, Katie took me to the next best thing… Great seats at a Portland Winterhawks game. It was a blast. Yelling, cheering, and the surprise of knowing all hockey players look like they just started shaving. We won 5-2, making 4 goals in the third period. Pretty awesome.

January 2 – Gear

First thing’s first.  Gotta load up on snow gear.  I’ve always borrowed from friends or my mom and now I gotta finally break down and buy it for myself.  It’s cool.  My bestie works at Columbia Sportswear and I get a friends and family discount.  Word up.  It’s still ridiculously expensive, but it really is the best.

Check out my spread!

GEAR!!!

 

I got snow pants, snow boots, gloves, and an awesome jacket for about $250.  I will keep renting skis and boots for now.

January – Snow Sports

Okay, so I know I just did Random Sports and now I’m doing Snow Sports.  It’s like, geesh!  Get a new hobby already?!  Turns out I really like to be active, who knew?  Anyway, I just moved to the super east side of Portland for my new job and I’m ridiculously close to Mount Hood and I would be remiss if I didn’t take advantage.  (For those of you who are tracking my moves and found that little word bomb; yes, I did move 3 times in 2012.  I’m not proud of it.  Get off my back.)

Anywho, let’s take a look at my handy list of all the things I want to do, that I will probably only get to about half of: Skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, sledding, and general snowball fightery.