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.
I am one proud mama today. My big boy skied so well this weekend and qualified for the US ski mountaineering team. He now has the opportunity to ski for the US team in Switzerland in March!!! Sam has been competing in skimo races for about five years and he really kicked it into high gear about a year and half ago. He started training with a coach this season and has grown by leaps and bounds. He had the world qualifiers in his sights all last year and we are so excited for him to see out his dream:) This is a “getting up before school, driving to the mountain and skinning up in the dark” kind of accomplishment. Nice work buddy!
Back to work and school tomorrow!
It’s been really fun exploring our new neighborhood. Just north of us is a golf course that offers free Nordic skiing in the winter (on groomed trails) and has a killer sledding hill. The kids and I spent an hour checking out this crazy hill. The sledding hill is so long and fast! Of course, in true Wescott fashion, the kids had to blaze their own paths….
We are loving this winter break and kinda sad to see it ending…
Each day is a blessing.
We made it. Everybody is now capable of going uphill! See ya later lift lines🤪
It was a cold but glorious day in the backcountry. Few bad days when you live here.
Deer Creek, Montezuma
12 pictures for 12 months of fun.
Last year at this time, I prayed that 2018 would be a better year. We struggled through 2017 and it was hard to see the light but, Thanks be to God, 2018 made for a fun, adventurous and sometimes tough year. Looking forward and praying for 2019.
Happy New Years!