In less than a week, Scott, Sam and I will be in Switzerland for the ski Mountaineering World Cup. But until then, the show must go on…or something like that. Sam and I just got back from Aspen. He and a friend from New Mexico raced in the Power of 2. It took them four and 1/2 hours and they finished second overall.
Now we pack.
Below are four junior US skimo athletes. 1st and 2nd place in the overall race. They beat the rest of the teams by a lot! Nice job boys:)
Looking forward to watching them finish their season in Villars:)
Wahoo! We are officially on break from school! One whole week of nothing to do! Well, maybe not nothing but definitely lots of down time:) I was going to get some sleeping in time but since my body gets up everyday at 5:30, I woke up this morning at…5:30! Scott and I took advantage of all the teenagers sleeping in and went out for a Nordic ski. We got a few inches of snow last night and the trail was beautiful.
We ended up skiing about 5 miles. Another day in the mountains:)
Tonight was the first of three fundraisers for the US skimo team. It was a really fun night to benefit these amazing Summit County athletes.
Jaime, one of Sam’s coaches and fellow US team member (and badass skimo racer) giving the crowd a lesson on ski mountaineering.
Scott and I had a fabulous night out last night. We battled the snow storm down to Denver for a quick but much needed night away. The kids had their first night home alone and they rocked it. Don’t worry, not literally 🙂 No parties here! The friend that Scott works for gave us Elton John tickets for Christmas. He also treated us to a nice swanky dinner and a night in a hotel. We had a wonderful evening acting like adults. We couldn’t be more thankful for this generous gift!
The first two really good pics are courtesy of Byron Swezy who was much closer than us:) We had great seats on the club level but our pics aren’t quite as good! Anyway, Elton sounds amazing and put on a great show for nearly 3 hours.
Scott and I are exhausted but still excited about our night away!
The Spontaneous Combustion
This is one of my favorite days in Summit County. I look forward to it every year. It’s such a fun, old school, small town event. Huge bonfire made of Christmas trees, beer and chili for sale and locals and tourists edging each other out to get closer to the fire. At the end of the night there is s wonderful fireworks display. The combustion never disappoints!
Sam has a wonderful truck that my brother so kindly gifted to him. Its 21 years old and runs like a top. There are a few things that need work and Sam has been slowly working on them. One of the things that needs work is the gas gauge. It doesn’t work at all, shows empty all the time. So, because he can’t tell how much gas he has, Sam almost always pushes the trip and watches his mileage. And runs out of gas pretty frequently. His dad suggested he put a small gas can in the back just in case. What a great idea! It was an awesome idea until the gas can turned over and spilled all over the back of Sam’s vehicle. No big deal, right? Except, on any given day, Sam has two pairs of skis and boots, skins, 400 socks, base layers, jeans, hoodies, ski clothes, backpacks, helmets, a towel and 500 or so other miscellaneous items back there. They were all soaked. With gasoline.
He was pretty worried he might be in trouble so he scooped up all the clothes including the ones he was wearing and threw them in the wash. Yep. The washing machine now smells like gasoline…and the clothes…and the house…and the garage…and everything else within a mile of our home.
Thank God for The Google because we have researched every way possible to get gasoline out of stuff. I’ve soaked his clothes in vinegar, baking soda, coffee grounds, Dawn dish soap and powdered lemonade. They finally are wearable, I think. We’ve sprinkled two cans of coffee on the carpet in his car. It still smells but now you can actually get in the car. Just imagine a gas station coffee smell. We’ve run two packets of powdered lemonade through the washing machine. You can only smell a faint whiff of gas if you put your head all the way in the drum. We’ve scrubbed, washed and cleaned just about everything in and outside the house. It’s been a long few days!
We are so happy it’s the weekend around here. Did I mention it’s been snowing off and on for over a week?
The Wescott’s are going in three different directions today. Scott and Sam are in Santa Fe for a skimo race. Alice is in her way to Grand Junction for a swim meet and Mason Paige have a Nordic ski race in Grandby.
I’m staying home. All by myself.
Alice had a home swim meet this afternoon. The weather was crummy but luckily one team showed up! Scott and I both got a chance to watch her swim. Of course she gave it her all, in true Alice fashion:)
Another weekend, another race…Nordic and swimming today. Scott braved the weather and followed Paige and Mason to Carbondale for Nordic races and I stayed local and got to see Alice in her element. She had a home swim meet. Unfortunately, the other team canceled due to weather so our girls had a mock meet and competed against each other. It was a really fun morning. I didn’t get pics of Alice but here are a few of Paige and Mason.
Mason wore his light up Christmas hat. Thanks grandma and grandpa 😜!
The video is of Paige’s start. She has really come a long way this year.