It is time again for another installment of Live & Learn Thursday!
Thursdays are seriously beginning to be my favorite day of the week.
So in this episode of Live & Learn Thursday, I'm going to tell you about that time I learned how to ski. I was born in Salt Lake City (home to the 2002 Winter Olympics) and have lived most of my life in great Pacific Northwest (home to 13 different ski resorts; not to mention the fact that Whistler, home to the 2010 Winter Olympics, is only four hours north of my home). So you are probably thinking oh, another story from her childhood right? Nope. This story took place last Saturday on December 28.
Joel has been skiing since he was tiny little guy.
|Seriously? He had a Season Pass before I was even born!|
|Joel is the little guy who looks like a tiny red hulk.|
I have tried snowboarding a long time ago but it just didn't work well for me. So I thought I would give skiing a try. Joel was really excited to see this on my Thirty-by-Thirty list. He loves to ski and couldn't wait to help me learn to love it too. So last Saturday we packed up the car and drove up to Steven's Pass.
I was really, really excited for my first lesson. Joel decided he'd try teaching me how to ski. I will admit I was bit nervous. When things don't come naturally for me or if I am really struggling with something I tend to get really frustrated and grumpy. But with high hopes, we bought our lift tickets and headed up the mountain.
I warned Joel that I would with out a doubt fall coming off the ski lift as I have never ever been able to successfully navigate the exiting of the stupid lift chairs. Seriously, we can land on the moon and cure diseases but they can't make an easy to exit lift chair. Just like I predicted, I immediately fell down, had to unclip from my skis and crawl on all fours out of the way of the other, more coordinated people. But after picking myself up and a few I told you so, we found a nice little spot for my first lesson.
As you can see, my first lesson was a success! I missed the tree! Don't worry, I was okay.
Oh man, this photo still makes me crack up laughing. What a hot mess.
After a few more lessons I was ready to try to navigate my way down the Daisy Run. The Daisy Run is basically the bunny hill at Steven's Pass or the super easy beginner hill. Liars.
It was hard, but I made it down that hill. I felt better after seeing that I wasn't the only person past the legal drinking age trying to learn how to ski or snowboard. However, it wasn't long before I starting cussing at all the tiny, little children. In my head of course. Well, alright a few times out loud, but only to Joel. I promise. But seriously. These kids looked like they learned how to walk yesterday and today they are speeding down the mountain like professionals. There I am, inching along at my grandma pace, and I am constantly being passed by tiny little humans who haven't even learned how to spell their own name. It was driving me crazy! I wanted to yell at them, "You might be faster than me, but I can make my own mac'n cheese! Take that you tiny punk!"
Joel was so patient and kind as he encouraged me to keep trying. We went down the mountain twice before stopping to eat some lunch. Even though I was tried and a bit frustrated with myself, I was loving every minute! I couldn't wait to get back on the lift and go down the mountain again and again. We skied and skied until after well after dark. I kept telling Joel that he could go off and ski a couple runs by himself, at normal adult speeds, but he stayed right my side.
It looks like I am really going fast here, but I am sure you could have walked faster than I was skiing.
By the end of the night, I was exhausted and thrilled. I loved my first day on the mountain and was pretty excited at the progress I made. Joel said I was doing great and he is really happy to hear I want to try again. So we have plans to head back up this weekend but this time Jackie and Chris are joining us, so this should be really fun. I can't wait!
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