Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO
Dude where's my pole?
How was your week? Ready for the weekend?
It's snowing here in Breckenridge! Wasn't suppose to hit until tomorrow - but I'm certainly not gonna complain about fresh powder!
And a wee bit about yesterday - What a Day! What a Great Day! The slopes were awesome, the weather perfect!
Plus aside from being here, we are now BOOKED for our exciting Cycling Trip across the Outer Hebrides of Scotland!
Ya see, I just happened to check the Wilderness Scotland website, and had noticed that there were only 3 spots left for the tour that was already in our calendars...Not to mention that our flights have already been booked and of course the itinerary being worked on... Remember??? London, Rome, Paris, Edinburgh, and the Outer Hebrides!!! (insert me bursting with excitement here)
But hold on now, I'm getting ahead of myself again... There are so may other trips before THAT ONE, and I'm on a wonderful ski trip right now...as we speak, or rather as I type.
Sometimes I gotta pull the reins on myself, I can get so over zealous!
So back to skiing...
On the first couple of runs yesterday morning I was just so in love with my sport!
I totally get that Cosette wanted to hug the mountain the other day! It's just so fantastic!
Since we've been coming to these resorts for years and years, we have obviously been all over this peaks. Peak 7, Peak 8, Peak 9...and as of our last trip when they had recently opened Peak 6.
The only one I couldn't get Cosette to agree to was Peak 10 - only blacks (Diamonds) on Peak 10.
While she has skied blacks and is very capable, there was just something about Peak 10 that intimidated her.
But this was the year and she knew that was part of our agenda. And so we have been skiing Peak 10 this week with no problems or issues whatsoever. It's lovely, and she's loving it.
And since we've been skiing Peak 10, when I suggested Chair 6 which also services only blacks - this too was no problem.
Once we were up Chair 6, the Imperial Chair was directly in front of us and so up we went...
Little did Cosette know that the Imperial Chair only services Double Black runs. But we both saw the slopes and knew it wouldn't be a problem.
Where the problem was is that my pole got stuck on the lift and I couldn't pull it out. There we were on the top of the Imperial Chair at almost 13,000 feet!
What a view!!
DID YOU KNOW: The highest chairlift in North America is at Breckenridge – 12,840 feet. The Imperial Express chairlift.
And I only had one pole. The attendant saw what had happened and called out to me that the pole would be waiting for me at the bottom.
Oh great, I had no choice but to go down the DOUBLE BLACK with big 'ol MOGULS and there I was with only one pole! Thank Heavens I know what I'm doing out there and am a pretty decent skier (I can basically ski down anything). Plus, I know that I can ski without poles, this wasn't my preference on this particular slope. And so we went.
During the day, I also got to meet cute and friendly Gator, the 9mo old ski patrol/avalanche rescue/search and rescue pup trainee.
Possessing skills honed through highly specialized training, avalanche rescue dogs are invaluable members of Search and Rescue teams.
DID YOU KNOW: That one dog can search out an entire hectare of avalanche terrain in only 30 minutes? It would take a human four hours to cover the equivalent.
Using dogs for search purposes goes back to the the 17th century when dogs were used to break trails in deep snow in Switzerland.
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. Dedicated handlers and well-trained dogs are required for the use of dogs to be effective in search efforts. Search and rescue dogs are typically worked, by a small team on foot, but can be worked from horseback. (credit wiki)
The rest of our day was filled with more skiing, briefly going into town, almost reaching exhaustion by going to the gym (after a full day of skiing = Tanya becoming pooped). And we went to yet another movie...it was a weird one 'Lucy' staring Scarlett Johansson.
Today will be another day on the slopes, and fun at the resort. Then later on tonight Dave B. arrives for his 3rd consecutive weekend visiting us in the Colorado Rockies!
BTW JSYK - I suck at using an electric range. So far I've already set off the smoke alarms TWICE! What an ear piercing pitch! Well it's confirmed...they work!!!
Signing off for now, -T
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Friday at Queens Museums
Well, it's finally Friday and the beginning of the weekend!
It feels like forever since we were at the barn since we were unable to go last Saturday with Winter Storm Jonas making its appearance here on Long Island.
The kids are jumping out of their skin in anticipation of getting back on the horses and in the arena!
I am truly excited about my agenda today!
I'm headed for two Queens Museums, which will kick off my Winter Stay-Cation in New York City.
First, I'll be starting my day at the Louis Armstrong House, the home of the jazz great from 1943 until 1971.
I LOVE jazz and so, to visit the residence of Satchmo has be completely stoked!!
From music legend to American inventor - I'll make my way to the former home of the electrical pioneer, Lewis H. Lattimer, where he resided from 1903 until his death in 1928.
In tribute of Black History Month, I'll be doing a special feature on these two Queens museums dedicated to two great Black Americans, next week!!
I am looking forward to our day tomorrow out East. The day will also be dedicated to some planning at Dream Come True Farm for some great events for the Spring. We've put together a little team of a few of us "Riding Moms" along with Concetta, the kids' trainer.
It's going to be a great get together where all of us will bring our respective talents to help grow and expand business at Dream Come True Farm to mark the 20th Anniversary this year.
Well, my dear people , I'm off to my day of Museum hopping!
See ya back here tomorrow!
"The bottom line of any country in the world is 'what did we contribute to the world?'... we contributed Louis Armstrong." - Tony Bennett