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Mt. Bachelor

We have done some very good vacation planning this year, just like the last year! With my job, I have to pick my vacations in January for the complete year. Sometimes it is hard to know what plans to make in advance and what weeks to pick. But last year we did great and this year is all laid out. We have never done a week ski vacation before. Usually it is just a long weekend or possibly an anniversary trip that we do some skiing! This year we decided to plan one! Debbie looked and looked for a place to go. Colorado was a thought, but we found it to be on the spendy side. Tahoe was another target, but again proved to be to pricey. Another factor was Cordell. We planned on taking him with us and just couldn’t justify the expense. On of our friends suggested we check out Mt. Bachelor just outside of Bend, Or. We could drive down and plus we had friends there we could visit! Debbie found a great place to stay so off we went with Cordell in the back seat. Now people always ask, what about Patience (the cat). Have you ever travelled with a cat? They don’t do well and she is happy at home just fine. We have very good friends that take good care of her.

The drive to Bend isn’t a bad one and we had great tunes to listen to whilst on the way from SnoJoRadio my music podcast! Debbie had found us a condo to stay at the Seventh Mountain Resort for the week and our unit was dog friendly! It was a very nice place and just twenty minutes at the most to the slopes at the mountain. It also had a kitchen so we could cook there when we wanted. A very cozy place. Cordell loved walking the grounds and exploring. Both of us had been to Bend a few years back, but had never been to Mt Bachelor to ski and only vaguely remembered anything about the town itself! It is a really cool, hip town and the downtown section is very vibrant and alive. There are many restaurants for a town that size, so when we did decide to venture out for dinner, we had plenty of choices. We ate at the Pine Tavern Restaurant, McMenamins, and also the Brickhouse Restaurant. Each of the were fantastic! When we weren’t on the slopes, we drove around and explored. We took a drive down to Sunriver, and also headed out to Sisters, Or. It was a bit quiet at both places, but we did find a lively and enjoyable place to have dinner in Sisters at a place called Bronco Billys Ranch Grill and Saloon. Dinner was filling, tasty, and cheap. Check out my salad that I had to take part of back to the condo:

My Huge Cobb Salad

Now the real reason we went down to Bend was to ski and ski we did! The only snafu was my feet, especially the left one. I have very flat feet and also pronate somewhat. I have to wear special orthotics in my street and running shoes and the rental boots on the mountain just killed my left foot. After the first day, I was in severe pain. I was hoping not to spoil the rest of the week for Debbie because she was looking forward to doing a lot of sking. We spent a whole day looking at ski boots and thought we had found a pair for me, but hesitated. Then I decided to rent some demo boots skis at the mountain. I explained my situation to the boot fitter there and he came up with a pair of Tecnica Mega 12’s and I was in heaven. It was the first time in my life I could ski for hours and have no foot pain. I scored on a new pair, and as well fitted as they were, they still needed to be punched out for my left foot. Then Debbie wanted to also demo boots and skis and by the time we left, we each had a pair of brand new boots! I guess we will be skiing more often now! We’ll demo skis for a while until we decide to buy, but we need to save money for the next big vacation adventure coming in May! I also put up some pictures of our trip in a new album on our Flickr Photo Page, so go have a look!

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Pictures Are Up

Our Tamarack photos are now up at Flickr. Click here and go have a look!!

15th Anniversary Trip

Wow is all I can say. Today marks our 15th wedding anniversary! Actually we have been together for 16 years going on our first date March 6th, 1992 and were married one year later! Our first date was a ski day at Crystal Mountain in Washington. Now I sit in bed here at our hotel The Lodge at Osprey Meadows at Tamarack Resort in Idaho after days of what else…..skiing. Is that apropos or what? It is absolutely gorgeous here and we have had a blast. I was a little nervous at first thinking about skiing for the first time in many years and wondering how I was going to do. Then when I saw the mountain, I really freaked out. But after a few runs down the beginners hill and getting my ski legs back, it was all good. Of course after the first day of skiing for 4-5 hours, my feet and legs were a quivering mess, but we just went back up the next day and worked through the soreness of close to 50 year old bodies. I must say that ski boots are the most uncomfortable clothing accessory ever made. I need to invent something that is more comfortable and make millions. Having the flattest feet in the world doesn’t help either. One day we thought we were going to take a break and do some snowshoeing and it was the first time for the both of us. After 5 hours of snowshoeing all around the many trailsof the resort, we realized how much of a work out it was. We were wiped out!!! A bit of hot tubbing and adult libations took away some of the pain ;-) Yesterday was our last day of skiing, as we are heading back to Boise for our flight back home, and we were ski monsters hitting double blue and even a black diamond trail. We have put up videos of us skiing and Deb snowshoeing on our YouTube Channel. Go have a look and you’ll also find some other videos there as well. We took allot of photos which I will post on our Flickr page shortly when I get them off the camera and edited.

The Resort had just about everything we needed, but we did venture out one evening and drove up to McCall, Id. From what we saw of the town it was very cute as it was dark. We stopped in a cool rustic restaurant called The Mill Supper Cluband had dinner. I had the biggest and best piece of prime rib I’ve had in a log while. Debbie enjoyed a nice generous portion of halibut. It was just our type of place. It would be nice to come back in the summer to see this place. I think Debbie has ski fever now and we may do more skiing in the future. Hell, we only live 20 minutes from Snoqualmie Summit for god sake!!!

In other news, we finally got our boat back and she is beautiful!!! We have spent only one night on her since we just got her back the weekend before we came here! The interior looks wonderful and Debbie did great picking out the carpet, drapes, upholstery fabric. She has new bottom paint on her, a new inverter, new window, new teak in the back, railings all fixed and ready for some good boating coming up! We have just a small idling problem with our starboard engine which I think may need injector cleaning and she’s all set. We just need to find ourselves a better dinghy and the boating package is complete! We took some pictures and also recorded a new podcast as we christened her finally. You can see the pictures and listen to the podcast over at our Boat Virgins podcast page! There’s more exciting news to tell you, but I have to wait until it’s been officially announced. I’ll be blogging about it when it is! We have to go now, gotta get packed up and checked out of here. bye for now!!!

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