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1st Snowstorm Packs a Punch

Winter arrived yesterday in full force!  We had a trace of snow on Wednesday, but the big show arrived while I was in the gym doing my last shoot-around before the Alumni game.  I parked at 5:30a on slightly damp roads, but walked out 90 minutes later into a blizzard.  Terry had sent a text to be very careful, but I just assumed the damp roads were icy.  I had several inches on the car (and no scraper) and it was dumping.  Terry was worried about our trip to Montana and had reminded me to make an appointment for the snow tires and luckily they fit me in this week.  My car and tires are amazing in the snow and ice, so I wasn't too worried about the commute until I saw the other drivers.  The damp roads were now solid ice with 4 inches of fresh powder.  Not everyone had their snow tires on and most weren't in winter driving mode.  I saw at least 5 slide-offs, including one behind me at a stop sign that came too close for comfort.  Before I even made it out of Park City, I was co…

Riding against Snow and Ptarmigans

Another beautiful October day in Park City has flown by and we've probably enjoyed our last mountain bike in shorts and jersey.  Snow is in the forecast and the ski resorts have their guns hooked up waiting for consistent cold temps before they commit to turning the slopes white.  With passes at PCMR, we should be skiing by Thanksgiving and hopefully Mother Nature contributes early and often this season after taking last year off.  It would be nice if she keeps our landscape project in mind and allows enough time to finish, but if not, I'd rather have the snow and finish it in the Spring.  Speaking of, we had another strong week of progress but plenty left to do.  The back should be finished this week, then they'll move on to the rest.
Speaking of snow, we were caught in a storm last Saturday on a mountain bike ride in Montana.  We left early Friday morning, making it to Big Sky for lunch with Terry's Dad.  The weather was great so we parked at the Ousel Falls trailhea…

Landscape Project Kickoff

After 5yrs, we have started landscaping our yard and it is extremely exciting!  We bought and moved into our home in 2007 with no idea what the yard looked like.  It was a typical winter with several feet of snow covering the yard from November to April.  The family we purchased from had small children, so a swing set  occupied the small flat area in the back.  The assumed the rest of the property took on the natural slope and feel of the surrounding forest.  We loved the house so much, we didn't think about the possibilities of what was under the snow, but we assumed we were in decent shape.  May came and the snow melted to reveal plastic toys and a lot of bark.  The previous owners returned to claim the swing set and we were left with a small patch of grass off the patio that needed some attention.
We weren't sure what we wanted to do with the yard the first few summers.  We did minimal maintenance and continued spending money on trips (Hawaii, Alaska, Italy) and our time on…

Balancing Basketball and Biking

As I mentioned last week, October is basketball training month.  I will be returning to my college at the end of the month and playing in an Alumni Basketball Game.  The current head coach is organizing an entire day of activities in hopes this will become an annual tradition.  Once I committed, I decided I needed to put in some time on the hardwood.  Of course I won't be able to play anywhere near the level I did at graduation, but I want to at least put in a good showing.  Since the team is playing that weekend, we won't be playing against them but each other.  I've seen a tentative list of attendees and we range from recent graduates to over 30yrs since wearing an Oredigger uniform.  I'll bet some of those 50yr olds can still throw elbows and put the rock-in-the-box with the best of them.  I'm hoping to use my running/cycling endurance and high altitude advantage, but am guessing that many (if not all) of the former athletes are in just as good of shape.  No mat…