Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Travel Tuesday

Butch and I took 4 of our grands and one boyfriend, skiing last week. It went like this:

We all met in Denver. Butch had rented the largest, 4WD, SUV he could for 6 adults, suitcases, carry-ons and Butch's skis and boot bag. To say we were crammed in is an understatement!

When we got to Breckenridge, Butch took the "kids" who are all 25+ now, to get their skis and boots. After that, we went to the grocery store to stock up for the week. 

Day 1--Butch had set Jordan, Morgan and Olly up with a 3 hour private ski lesson. Butch had taught Morgan how to ski a couple years ago, but she could use the brush-up. Olly had never skied before. Jordan has only skied easy runs in CA--nothing like Colorado mountains. 

Mitchell and Butch skied together that morning. After lunch, Morgan took off with Mitchell. Butch skied with Jordan and Olly. Jordan needed a lot of picking up! After teaching Morgan, he's gotten pretty good at that---but it does wear him out!

By the end of the day, everyone was exhausted. Olly's toe was really bothering him. Turns out, he had what is called "skiers" toe. All the years we've skied, we'd never heard of that. Luckily we had a nurse with us who knew what to do. Morgan, poked a small hole in the toenail and drained the blood. That relieved the pressure. The next day, the first hour was spent getting Olly's boots exchanged.

Little by little, Jordan and Olly started to "get it!" By day three, they were all doing blues! Greens are the easiest, then blue. 

I have to admit, I couldn't believe they were able to sitck it out from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each day it started at zero degrees---bitterly cold. On top of the mountain it was even colder. By the third day the temperature had risen to 16 for the high! Even if I was still skiing, I don't think I could have handled that. Way too cold for me!

It was a great trip. We all had such a good time. I don't know what they would have done without me! I was the chauffeur picking up and dropping off throughout the days. There were quite a few little glitches---like Morgan losing her phone and panicking because she had a school project to turn in. The code she needed to submit her report was texted to her. I picked her up and she called her school to get the code emailed to her. Crisis averted!

And now for the pictures in no particular order:
As tired as everyone was, there was time for family games.
Jordan and Mogan on the lift.
One evening, the "kids" went shopping. They brought home these amazing cookies! I'm sorry to say, I indulged! And I loved every bit of it. They were unbelievable. My favorite was the blueberry with cream cheese filling. I just had a little wedge of several of them. 
The whole gang. 
Butch, Morgan and Mitchell.
Mitchell and Olly. 
Another great picutre: Mitchell, Morgan, Jordan, Butch and Olly
Jordan and Butch.
Getting ready in the morning.
Jordan and Morgan. I love their cute ski jackets.

As for me, in-between running people around and going to the grocery store, I managed to get some things done. I spent a couple hours cleaning out the files in my email on my computer. 

I also spent a lot of time working on our mother/daughter trip to Savannah, GA in November. There are going to be 8 of us--2 sisters and 2 nieces and then me and my 3 girls. Jeanne and I were working on lodging. Then I spent at least 3 or 4 hours working on "things to do, places to eat, and things to see." There's so much. I haven't been to Savannah in about 35 years. It's going to be fun. We haven't had a mother/daughter trip like this in at least 10 or 15 years. Hopefully, we can do it more frequently.

We had a great time with our grandkids on this trip. It killed me not to be able to ski with them. I loved skiing. In fact, it is in my top five favorite experiences of my life. I was a really good skier and feel like I could easily still do it. But, I'm trying really hard to be cognizant that I am no longer 18 years old. I do not need to be taking any crazy risks. Still, I missed it! I'm happy to see my grands having such a good time. I'll just have to live vicariously through them now!


  1. I've never tried skiing and I think it may now be a little late to try it! Sounds like you all had a lot of fun.

  2. I've never tried skiing either, but my sister loves it. Her husband's family has always skied so she got started when she was still pretty young.


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