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Ski Lesson

Ivan and I woke up around 8 am.  Ivan went to get the free breakfast.  He brought me some food.  I didn’t feel like getting out of bed to get some – I’m definitely not a morning person.  I hypnotized myself so that I wouldn’t be affected by the altitude sickness.

Ivan drove us to the Village at Winter Park Resort.  We walked to the Ski School.  We printed out our vouchers.

We needed to rent clothes.  So, we went to the shop there.  Ivan got  a jacket and pants.  I just needed pants.  We rented them and then went back to the Ski School.  We got our boots, skis and poles.

We went outside at 9:30 am for our ski lesson.  I used to ski years ago.  I wasn’t that good, but able to go down the hills.  There was 7 people in our group.  Our guide Bruce was teaching us how to ski.  At first we were on the hills that weren’t that steep.

We moved to another area where you can take a magic carpet up to get to the top.  The magic carpet is like a moving escalator.  Our teacher was teaching us how to turn.

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I was doing alright turning and going zig zag down the hill.  I started doing the wedge (snow plowing) and the teacher said it’s fine that I’m  doing that.  You’re just anxious he said, but we don’t teach that – instead we teach you to turn.  Ivan was doing alright.

We went up the Gemini ski lift.  At one point, I started going really fast and fell flat on my face.  I started crying and said I didn’t want to do it anymore.  My ankles and feet hurt.  It took me forever to put my boots back on. 

We came down the mountain and I was way too tired.  So, I sat down on the bench while the rest of the group went back up.  Everybody came down.

We had to go down another hill to head back for lunch.  I thought I could make it down.  It was a little steep.  I wanted to turn, but my ankles hurt so much.  The ski instructor wanted me to grab on to the poles and he would help me down.  But, I thought I could just ski down.  So, I kept skiing down and then snow plowing so I would stop.  Ivan suggested that I walk down.  I thought that might be embarrassing.  But, after awhile my ankles and thighs hurt really bad – so I thought I should walk down.  I started walking down.  Ivan and Bruce skiied down.  Bruce, the ski instructor, took my poles down.  A few minutes later, a guy who carries people to the lift came.  I got on and he drove me down the hill.  Bruce had told the guy to retrieve me.  Ivan and Bruce were waiting for me at the bottom.  

I was so knackered.  We went to the food court for lunch.  Ivan and I each had a noodle bowl soup with chicken. 

I returned my ski equipment and the pants I rented. 

Ivan went out to finish his lesson.  He went on a higher ski run. 

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It’s really beautiful up there.  I drove back to the hotel.  I used the internet and took a nap.  I wasn’t feeling so good.  I had a big headache.

I picked up Ivan from The Village at 4 pm.  He was so red since we forgot to put on suntan lotion.  He went on a really steep mountain and went down.  He definitely has learned to ski better.

We chilled in the hotel and used the internet.

Ivan and I decided to have sushi for dinner.  We went to The Sushi Bar.  We shared the spiked miso soup and glazed edamame for a starter.  Edamame always reminds me of my sister-in-law since she likes it.  The glazed edamame is covered in soy sauce and sesame seeds.  They were really messy to eat, but they tasted good.  We got two sushi rolls: The Hula and The Rainbow.  The sushi rolls were really big.  The sushi rolls were very original and tasted great.  We really love eating sushi! 

We went back to the hotel.  We were so tired.  We watched an episode of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em and then went to sleep early.

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Snowmobiling

Ivan and I said goodbye and thanks to Jim on April 7, 2010.  We said goodbye to Lamar.

We left the house about 11:30 am.  We drove to downtown.  Ivan went to the post office.  He had to pick up his package.  He lost his laptop cord and the owner in Lamar sent it to him. 

We had lunch at Subway.

Ivan started driving to Winter Park, Colorado. 

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It was really beautiful views while driving.  We arrived there at 1:30 pm.  I didn’t want the altitude sickness to affect me.  I hypnotized myself so I wouldn’t feel sick from the elevation.  A little while later, I did feel better.

Ivan wanted to go tubing.  But, it was only 6 seconds down the hill and then 5 minutes up the escalator.  It wasn’t really worth it for $16 an hour.

Ivan thought we should book snowmobiling instead.  He called a place and booked it for 3:30 pm.

We went to the Village located in the Winter Park Resort.  It’s free parking for short term parking which is 45 minutes or less.  We went to Back Bowl Soup.  Ivan and I shared the cheese and broccoli soup.  The soup place only had two soups for the day.  That’s very strange since it’s a soup restaurant.

We drove to Grand Adventures.  We were going snowmobiling.  Ivan and I would be on one snowmobile.  We had to get our helmets first.  Then, it was time to get our boots and suit.

Then, we got on our snowmobiles.  The guide told us how to drive the snowmobile.  I was going to drive.  But, then the guide talked about how somebody crashed into one of the buildings when he revved to start going – it got me scared.  I crashed a motorbike in Bali last year, so now I get scared driving certain things that I could crash.  So, I told Ivan he could drive.  Ivan loves driving anything fast.

It was really beautiful going up the mountain in the snowmobile.  It was really cold.  We had on gloves but they’re not that thick.  Ivan’s hands got warmed up from the hand warmer on the handle bars and his feet were being warmed as well.  I was freezing. 

We got to the top of the mountain and it was snowing up there.  It was cold especially since it was a little windy as well.   It was a beautiful view up there.

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I put my hands on the handlebar to try to warm them up.  I didn’t think it was warm.  Our guide said I could wear his spare gloves.  They were nice and warm since they were gloves meant for skiing.

Towards the end, we were driving through trees.  Ivan was going  slower since it was really close to the trees.  I would have been driving slow as well.  Ivan didn’t want to run into a branch or a tree.  We had a fun time snowmobiling.

Here’s a video of us snowmobiling – turn down the sound, it doesn’t sound that good:

We started driving towards the couchsurfer’s apartment.  Jeff gave us the address and the number to his roommate.  He would be busy all day, but his roommate would be home.  We couldn’t find the address he gave us.  We drove everywhere and asked people where if they knew where it was.  Ivan wrote a message to him.  We weren’t sure if he would get it, since he was out of his house. 

We decided to get some dinner.  We drove to Star of India.  We shared chicken tikka, chicken kedai and garlic naan.  It was really good food.

The couchsurfer Jeff didn’t respond to Ivan’s message.  Ivan booked the Beaver Village Lodge nearby online.

We drove to the Beaver Village Lodge.  The front desk was closed, so Ivan had to find the caretaker.  We got checked in.

We put our backpacks in the room.  We used the internet for a short while.  We put on our swimsuits and then went to the hot tub.  I was so glad that the hot tub was indoors.  It was really hot in there.  Somebody put bubble bath in the hot tub, so there was lots of big bubbles on the water.

We used the internet for awhile.  We watched something on the laptop Then, we decided we should sleep since we had to wake up early tomorrow morning.

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