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04 - Don't Forget the Keys - A Weekend in Kirkwood

Don't Forget the Keys - A Weekend in Kirkwood
Our adventure began at 6pm Friday night when we left for Kirkwood.  We knew it was snowing, but a call to caltrans didn't mention the pass being closed.  A few miles before Ham's station, it started getting really ugly, white-out conditions.  Luckily, we'd borrowed Aaron's parents' Tahoe, or we would have turned back early on.  Poor Aaron could hardly see anything with the heavy snowfall and the defroster issues we were having.  We crept up the hill at 15 mph, and were to Silver Lake, when we came to a stop.  Sure enough the pass  had been closed.  oops.  Aaron got out in the storm and talked to some people.  No one knew when it would open.  We decided to wait it out.  As I was reviewing Uncle Rob's detailed instructions for his notes on road closures, I saw the most important note of all, written in red so it wouldn't be missed..."STOP, Don't forget the keys to the condo."  Holy @#*$!  I said.  Aaron reprimanded me.  I tried to think of a possible solution, before having to share with the group that we had left the keys to the condo sitting at home.  We'd already spent 5 hours getting to this point.  Luckily, since we had guests with us, it didn't get too ugly, when I shared the bad news.  Everyone was very nice about it, even Aaron.  We decided to just head home, and crept back down the hill.  We got home around 1am, 7 hours later.  David & Roseann crashed at our house, and we got a few hours of sleep, then headed back up the hill.  It was a much smoother trip with most of the snow gone, and we made it in 2.5 hours or so.  Despite the very rocky start, it was a great weekend, and we still did everything we wanted to do.  Turns out, the pass didn't open until 7am sat. so we were better off going home and getting some real sleep.  Funny how it works out that way.
The view of the Kirkwood meadow from the condo balcony.
It'd been many years since I had cross country skiid. 
Still trying to figure it out.
David's got it!
Here we come...
Finally a hill!  Roseann and I were racing, guess I play dirty...just kidding :)
Ahhh, the fun
Now Roseann's got it!
Needed a breather
Note the snow even in the goatee
A couple dog sleds came by
David & Roseann
Climbing the hill right next to the condo for sledding.
David taking a turn on the hill
Aaron's snowpenguin
Lots of dangerous icicles!
Next we tried the snowshoes...
There's some mean spikes on those suckers
We had a great time....thanks Uncle Rob & Aunt Andrea!

Creation date: Apr 2, 2006 7:09pm     Last modified date: Jul 14, 2006 11:22am   Last visit date: Feb 15, 2021 12:22am
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Apr 2, 2006  ( 3 comments )  
Apr 3, 2006  ( 3 comments )  
Cheryl Roper (momroper)
I am so glad you had such a good time after Friday night.  You guys have a unique way of winning new friends!  It looked so pretty up there.  It is raining today, so you timed right.
Kathy Carr (kathy)
Ha! Like mother, like daughter!!! Now there's two stories about forgotten keys and you know just how I felt when my friends came up last October!!
Jennifer Tibbittts (jemma)
(insert witty comment about cross country skiing here)
Apr 12, 2006  ( 1 comment )  
Robert Carr (robert)
I'm glad you all had a good time!  Sorry about getting stuck at the pass...      everyone gets to forget the keys one time.  Now you've gotten yours out of the way and you set for a long time!  Yesterday my friend and I spent 2 hours getting ready for a big bike ride in the rain and then driving and getting all ready and at the last minute (1/2 hour away from home) he realizes he forgot his bike helmiet!  Riding without the helmet was not an option.   Happy ending - he managed to rent a helmet from the bike store in town, so we didn't have to cancel the ride nor drive all the way home...
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