First off my apologies to all for taking so long to continue the story. Things have been a bit hectic and I haven't had the motivation to blog but without further adue!
And so the continued story begins. Before I get to where I left off with the snow cream I must mention something about the veggie lasagna. This was not your normal veggie lasagna by no means. This veggie lasagna was flown up from Whole Foods in Houston via checked baggage!! Yes, that is correct I said checked baggage! Jennifer actually packed it in a cooler and flew it up and it survived!! Nothing like veggie lasagna spiked with jet fuel as AJ put it! HAHA! Good stuff!
Alright so back to where I left you off last time with the marvelous snow cream!! Here are a couple pictures of Rena going through the process.
The process of snow cream started with Rena sending AJ and I outside with pots to fill up with real snow which had just fallin that day! There is a great quote that goes along with that as well. Prior to AJ and I going out we were talking about where we could find good snow that hadn't been stepped on yet. Jacklyn was saying how we could get it from off the deck and all she would need was "two parachutes and a zebra!" We all started laughing and she began to explain exactly how it would be done! She was also going to need a kangaroo so the zebra could get in the kangaroo's pouch and the kangaroo would jump back on the porch. It was a pretty witty story!
Snow cream consists of just a few ingredients. You mix the fresh snow with evaporated milk, milk, and vanilla extract! No lie it is absolutely delicious!
Friday morning was absolutely gorgeous with amazing Colorado Blue Skies! We had a delicious breakfast (I waited too long and now I forgot whether it was the morning of eggs & sausage or biscuits and gravy! Either way Friday and Saturday morning were great breakfasts thanks to Rena!) and Ski Patrol was still busy bombing the upper parts of the mountain so Jim, AJ, Heather, and myself got our legs under us and ripped some of the lower slopes for an hour or two and then noticed they opened Lift 6 and Imperial Lift which meant we could make our way to the fresh snow that had fallen in previous days! We were not disappointed by the conditions other than a bit of wind up on the top of Imperial. Even the old man Jim was enjoying the conditions in between gasps for air!
On our second trip up Imperial we went off the north side of Peak 8 which makes for one heck of a long run! AJ and I found a cornice to jump off of into the fresh snow and Jim and Heather made their way around to find an easier entrance into the bowl. Once we were all down in the bowl we were greeted with soft pillows of snow and great skiing! Heather cruised up to where I was and said "my little Texas legs are tired!" PS we were only half way down! HAHA! (some video to come if I can ever get around to editing it!)
After making our way down we headed back over to the condo for lunch. By this time Sam & Jennifer had taken the kids up on the free tow rope and got them warmed up to hit the slopes with Jim, Heather, and AJ for a few more lessons! This time there would be no pushing involved as we were going to take the lift up. Once again the kids absolutely amazed everyone and made their way down like they were seasoned professionals weaving their way through traffic and all! (also video of this to come)
Friday night we were so graciously hosted by Sandy, Jennifer's Mom. She had fabulous soup brought in from a local restaurant and we had a merry old time! Also at the shindig was another family who Jennifer's kids go to school with. There are a lot of families from Houston that have condos in Breckenridge. AJ and Heather even had a friend from back east who has lived the latter part of his life in Steamboat show up! He graced us with a few good jokes as well:
1. What is the difference between tele ski's and a vacuum?
2. What is the difference between a Ski Patroller and God?
3. There is a snowboarder wearing a suit in a car who's driving?
Answers at the end of the blog
Snow cream was also the dessert as there were others that night who had never had the tasty treat. This time brownies were included as well! Tough Duty!
The big kids aka AJ, Heather, Jennifer, and myself decided we would go out for a drink on the town since we hadn't gone out at all and it was Heather's big 3.0. birthday on Sunday! AJ, Heather, and I waited for Jennifer to get back from her Mom's tucking her kids in and Jennifer checked to see if Sam wanted to join us as well. He had been sleeping with Abraham and when she asked him if he wanted to go he responded with "you know I have been thinking about that and I can't, I'm too old for it, but you should try, you should go" HAHA! That isn't the exact quote but it is pretty close! Jennifer asked him about his response the next day and he couldn't really remember it so he was likely half asleep when he came up with it! So the four of us went on our way finding a good spot for a beer and a chat.
Saturday morning was the last day of riding and the weekend warriors were in full force. Jim, AJ, & Heather were greeted with the lines that I get to deal with vs. the luxury of week days when the crowds aren't around. We spent the day ripping fighting tired legs. Everyone was pretty tuckered out but we got it done.
The weekend ended with a trip down to a coffee shop for a snack and a pick me up before driving the Rowell's down to Denver for their early morning flight. The Rowell's and I gave our biggest thanks to Jennifer and her family and we headed out. We made the drive to Aurora and had dinner at Ted Montana's Grill and said our good bye's.... tear....
I have to say there is never a dull moment with the Rowell's and I enjoy every minute of time with them! Thanks again to the Touche's as well for their true hospitality and Rena for slaving in the kitchen for us!
I'll do my best to get the videos up this century!
1. Where you attach the Dirt Bag!
2. God doesn't think he's a Ski Patroller!
3. The Cops!