Saturday January 14, 2012
Made the rest of the drive today to Vail. It was only just over an hour. I am feeling somewhat better today after a good, long night sleep last night. I’m still sick, but living with the problem. We got into town around noon, parked, and got oriented with the town. We are staying in Lionshead, one of the mountain villages in Vail. Our room is about 100-yard walk to the center of the village and the main gondola. Pretty sweet location. I walked around with GMB for a while, talking about the town and skiing, and answering his boyhood questions. GMB has never skied or anything even close to skied before. Everything he saw today he was seeing for the first time. It was pretty cute. Probably what it would be like if I had a 50-something year old son. I can only walk around a mountain village for so long knowing that all my gear was just around the corner not being used. It was a gorgeous sunny 30-degree day, so I excused myself from GMB and put my Epic Pass to use. I am really glad I purchased the Epic Pass. A 1-day pass for Vail is $116! I did about 6 or 7 runs this afternoon, all were good. Vail Mountain seems huge. They claim, “there is nothing like it on earth.” I didn’t see much of the mountain but I worked my way from one side to the other in a couple hours. It was late and everything was choppy. I plan to be out there first thing tomorrow morning. Nothing to report for snowfall here in Vail, but the extended forecast has just recently changed to snow showers for most of this week. Fingers crossed, but it is hard to have faith. Apparently there is no god or Jesus, Tebow is down 35-7 at the half.
The room we are staying in is something else. This is the smallest room I have ever stayed in while I am staying with the largest person I have ever roomed with. GMB is about 6’11” and there are no beds in this room. There is a pull out sofa and what GMB is calling a ‘murphy bed’. It is a bed that folds up into the closet?!? What the eff is that? I feel like I am in an episode of The Three Stooges or Laverne & Shirley. Both unfold toward each other and they touch each other at the end of each mattress. It is like the 2 beds are bumping helmets. There is not enough room for both beds to be out. One of us will be sleeping at a slight incline all week. I am pretty sure I know which one of us it will not be.
I have felt so rushed, hurried, and on the move for the past few days. I guess I have been all of those things. I am hoping now that I am here and settled in, I will be able to relax into this trip and enjoy what I have set out to do. The Snowboard Gypsy is searching for Zen.