Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO
What happens when the lifts close?
Why HELLO and Happy Saturday to you! Can you believe that it's already the end of the month?! And here we are still in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Still having a great time, although yesterday didn't quote go as planned... Boy oh boy was the wind howling!
We certainly attempted to stick with the plan and got out onto the slopes first thing in the morning (after breakfast of course - after all we do need our energy out there).
And everything was blowing and there were Snow Whirlwinds all over the place!
SNOW WHIRLWIND - A whirlwind is a weather phenomenon in which a vortex of wind (a vertically oriented rotating column of air) forms due to instabilities and turbulence created by heating and flow (current) gradients. A minor whirlwind is created when local winds start to spin on the ground. This causes a funnel to form. The funnel moves over the ground, pushed by the winds that first formed it. The funnel picks up materials such as dust or snow as it moves over the ground, thus becoming visible.
I could tell right off the bat, that there was no way we would be able to go as high on the mountain as we would've liked to.
And as I figured, the lifts to access the upper portion of the peaks were all closed.
So we were stuck with the rest of the mountains - still giving us plenty of terrain, but also keeping us around the novices/beginners.
And being that it was Friday, the weekend crowd started to arrive...ya know the weekend warriors! lol Not only that, but since it had snowed, everyone was in search of fresh lines and the untouched powder.
Well folks, being that it was so darn windy, the wind had swooped up much of the freshly fallen snow and there were patches of scraped up hard frozen patches to ski on. Of course no one wanted to ski on those "naked" spots.
I had a new plan of action as to where we were heading! And as we sat on the Colorado Super Chair lift and froze our booties off (mainly due to the windshield factor) the wind was causing operations to go super slow, and at times come to a complete halt.
We had no choice but to sit there and get blown around.
And pretty much just as soon as we got off of the chair, that chair too had stopped operations! UGH
Pretty much leaving us with heading back to spend the day skiing on Peak 7 (otherwise possibly not having a way back to our resort).
So after a short warm-up break in the lodge, we headed back out and the mid mountain (Peak 8) was so empty and quiet.
But then we saw a stream of folks hiking (carrying their equipment) in our direction - the opposite direction that we were heading. I stopped a couple and had asked what was going on - in all my years of skiing I had not seen anything like this...and I've seen a lot!
I was informed that the base of Peak 8 was a mad house and to avoid it at all costs! These folks were trying to get over to Peak 9, and still had a hike to go. And so we continued against the flow of traffic to get ourselves back to Peak 7.
While it had seemed that the winds had died down quite a bit, the forecast had predicted that they would get worse before getting better for the remainder of the day.
Once we skied down to the Independance lift, I saw a line like no other! OH NOOOOO!!!
Being that several of the other lifts were closed, obviously meant hoards of peeps were now all vying for the same lift, and this certainly wasn't gonna do for my spoiled self. SMH (shaking my head) NO WAY JOSE!
So after spending a few hours out on the slopes, and hardly getting any runs in. I threw in the towel and offered to take the kids to the pool! I mean if you can't go skiing, what else would you do?!
And so for the remainder of the afternoon/evening we awaited Dave's return, and spent time enjoying the lovely resort amenities. The kids wanted to go to the arcade, so we went to the arcade.
We also saw yet another movie - Tomorrowland, which was actually better than I expected...but I had also took a wee little nap during the show. Hey after seeing a movie a night for the past 5 nights, I think I did pretty good only dozing off in only one!
And today we have some light flurries, expecting more snow throughout the day. The winds are suppose to be less. And we are gonna head out there and attempt another awesome day on the slopes!
After skiing, we plan to head into town, do some shopping, and go see the International Snow Sculpture Championships!
Come back tomorrow and I'll have a full report of how we pull it all off, as well as plenty of pics of course!
Time to go brave the weather, -T
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Reflections of Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens
Hi There!!! To quote my cousin Tanya, HAPPY SATURDAY TO YOU!!!
I'm writing to you from Riverhead, Long Island, from the Tanger Outlets. This is my "office" away from home, when the girls are riding at the barn.
I sit in the comfort of the lovely food court area, with great wifi and terrific company with one of the other "Riding Moms."
We sit peacefully, most weeks, doing our respective work and chowing down our yummy breakfast.
I had a chance to catch up a bit with Tanya last night via text. She told me all about how the weather conditions in Colorado interfered yesterday with her skiing.
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Excitement was in the air from the moment we awoke, as the kids were exploding to get to the barn. Because of the storm last week, they were unable to ride.
All week, they were in constant contact with their friends from the barn, excited about today and seeing each other again.
I was put right to work, taking photos and filming during their riding lesson.
Gianna and her boy All-Star
Kelsey and Ace
I love to see my girls so happy!! My little horsewomen!!
Let me tell you about my day yesterday... What a lovely one it was!! I took a drive into Queens, as part of my Celebrate NYC Staycation over the next several months.
I spent the morning at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona. OMG!! What a wonderful time I had!!! It was a pure delight!
Me and Louis
Louis Armstrong's Trumpet - a gift from King George of England
My original plan was to head over to Flushing and take a tour through the Lewis H. Latimer House as well, but, I just didn't want to rush my time at the Armstrong Museum, that I decided I would hit Latimer House this coming Wednesday.
I'm excited about my upcoming story featuring both of these places of interest in the borough of Queens for Black History Month!
Stay tuned, I'll give you a heads up on when this story will be published!!
All I can say is that there are so many gems to see in the city of New York and my goal is to see every last one of them!!!!
I'm back to the barn now - hope your day is a great one!!