I got to go snowboarding! Although my hopes of working at a resort this winter were put on hold (for very fun and exciting adventures coming up!), I got to hit the slopes to do some shredding- 3 times! My fam took a trip up to Keystone, then Wolf Creek was probably one of the best powder days I have ever had, and I got my first day ever at Beaver Creek with Steph.
Among our other winter expeditions was sledding. Probably the hardest I have ever laughed was when I felt like Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation going down this luge course in Durango on the sled that had like NOS tubes in the back, and I am sure there were sparks flying. This picture was Kelsey and me after a not so hilarious adventure where we couldn't stop unless we shot snow up in our face- clearly a bit chilly. However, we didn't learn after this experience. On our drive home we managed to make a total scene in front of kids and parents alike in a matter of 5 minutes. 3 runs- Tanner and I fell out, Kelsey and I unintentionally hit the biggest jump on the hill and limped away trying to hide serious injuries while a 12 year old brought our sled to us and Tanner came running down the hill to see if we were ok, then Tanner and I trying to get one last graceful run in- unsuccessfully. At least Tanner knew how to steer and brake- unlike Kelsey or me. We also did a snowmobiling day with my parents. It was so freakin pretty up there, but a little chilly- as you can see from my oompa loompa layers. And we all made it out alive- my mom didn't even run into a tree:)
So, these are the highlights so far from my trip at home. It has been aweseme to hang out with family and friends a lot. Next, I am heading to Guatemala for 3 weeks to help start some construction on a foot bridge in a rural town near Uspantan (check out my fundraising page for more info). Then back home for a couple days before heading out to Peru with Kelsey for 2 months. And, finally- off to South Africa for the World Cup in June with my mamma! Yahoo! I am pretty stoked for 2010! So look for more posts on these adventures coming up!