Monday, August 29, 2011

Tropical Storm Irene: The Damage

Finally found some wifi service in town!!

East Mountain Road right by my house.











Bear Run (off East Mountain Road)

















Playing IN the road. Literally.





Water running off East Mountain Road





Roundabout Road (Off East Mountain) where the pavement does end











the guard rails are floating :(











East Mountain Road looking at Great Eastern Bridge






Rim Road (off East Mountain Road)





East Mountain Road - looking downhill from under the Great Eastern Bridge











East Mountain Road looking uphill toward Great Eastern Bridge.





The road gave out aftere this point. There was no access to Bear Mountain, Sunrise or to Route 4 via this route. As of Monday afternoon all the debris was cleared from East Mountain and the road was deemed "passable" although extremely sketchy and undermined.

We still have no roads out of town.

.May You Find the Spirit of the Mountains Within You,
FemaleSkiBum :)

Location:Killington, VT

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tropical Storm Irene: The Water

Woke up this morning, threw on my Arcteryx rain gear over my pajamas, and headed out into the pouring rain to see what I could find. And wow, did I find awesome!! Note: some of these photos aren't very good quality, but they show some crazy water :)








Falls Brook was awesome!! There was a lot of woohoo-ing from me just listening to how loud the brook was, how much water was moving, etc. It's going to be pretty scary when all this mountain runoff gets to the valley!

















Just a generally neat photo, I thought.









My first stop was the Growler Runoff, where the corporation has done some reconstructing for silt control. There was a nice gentleman, with shovel in hand, checking out all the drainage while I was there. He seemed pretty enthusiastic about how everything was working and was off to check out Pico this afternoon.

















A little damage on Falls Brook Trail...








And a peaceful moment amidst a day of chaos :)








Then it was off to the Waterwheel for some gas, talk politics with Charlie and check out the waterfall behind the building! That sucker was moving! Plus, I found out that the Mill Road and other valley roads are flooded. Stay safe, lowlanders!



















This last photo was taken at noon at the exit to the culvert on Ravine Road. The second photo shows the water circling around and moving back UP STREAM. I quickly moved out of there and decided it was time for lunch. Scary.


















May You Find the Spirit of the Mountains Within You,
FemaleSkiBum :)


Location:Falls Brook, Growler Runoff, Waterwheel Waterfall, Roaring Brook, Killington, VT

Friday, August 26, 2011

Puppies to Pico

In February, Vespi's fiance moved away to Philadelphia because his mom was going to New Zealand for a few months. And yes, I say fiance because one day he gave her a rock. I mean, he literally found a rock and while she was lounging in the back of the car with the hatch open, he presented it to her and she has kept it ever since. It was sooo cute.


Anyway, Vespi super misses wrestling with Sully and running around on puppy hikes, so when we found out he was in town for a while...well, today my ski sister Jill, who is loving Sully for a few weeks, thought a romantic hike to the waterfall at Pico would be perfect. Well, that was not the initial plan, but it ended up pretty much that way. Vespi was freaking out from the car as soon as she saw Sully in the parking lot...it's Sully! It's Sully! and the running & wrestling began :)


And of course, since we met up before work, the grass was still covered with dew. Which meant, of course, super wet - yet, super happy - dogs. She would roll in the grass, he would run at full speed, jump over her and then run around in circles at top speed. Then she would roll over on her back, they would wrestle a short time, and it would be off we go. They are really just too cute.


Does anyone know what kind of mushroom this is?


This was pretty neat - watching the mowers mow the main trail from the top of golden to the summit quad. The trail is golden something. I'm going to be honest. While I know my way around Pico, I have no idea what the trail names are. Sorry.


Look how pretty A Slope Tree looked today. This is one of my favorite trees of all time :) Every once in a while, you will see a hunter sitting beneath the tree, with their gun across their lap, waiting for the turkeys. Not today though - hunting season doesn't start until middle of October.


What is it? Concensus at the restaurant: this should be an old snowmaking pump. You would use the lever to prime the pump the my hand, like a modern camp stove. This is our theory, anyways. Any snowmakers out there care to chime in?


Loved the clouds in the valley below as we came around toward Outpost Chair heading toward the ponds. So getting up early has another advantage. Hmmm....


May You Find the Spirit of the Mountains Within You,
FemaleSkiBum :)

Location:Pico Mountain and little Pico, Mendon, VT

BIBBITY BOBBITY BOO!! or How to Raise A Ski Bum

Did you ever put your kids between your legs and enthusiastically sing "Bibbity Bobbity Boo" while you skied the bumpies?

Did you ever shoot your kids (or you daughter's ski group) with a bow and arrow made of ski poles?



Did you ever get lost in Echo Woods, time and time again, following your five year old through trees shorter than her?

Did you ever make sure that all your work was done by 3:00pm on every Friday in the winter so you could pick up your kids at school and drive four hours to Vermont?

Did you ever stay up until 2 in the morning - every weekend - tuning your daughter's skis for the next days race?

Did you ever spend two years collecting every ski drill and exercise ever created and put them together in a book just so you could be a better skier, coach and on-snow father?

Did you ever spend a weekend (including 8 hours of driving) with a bunch of giggling ninth grade girls because your daughter wanted a ski weekend with her friends?

Did you ever accidently take your three-year-old daughter to Killington Peak (because Stages I & II of the gondola were closed) and then ski her all the way down Great Eastern, missing her nap, so she had to pass out face first into her apres-ski oatmeal?

Did you ever design a house around a room big enough to hold your family's skis, gear and tuning equipment?

Did you ever drive an extra hour every weekend to pick your teenage daughter up from boarding school just so you could ski together?



Did you ever spend hours dancing on skis down Snowshed with your
little girls?

Did you ever knock everyone over in the family ski photograph - just because?

Did you ever adjust your work schedule & pretend your girls were sick every Sunday night powder storm so you could ski with your girls in four feet of snow on Monday?

Did you ever spend three nights a week doing drills at the local ski area because your daughter's coaches sucked and she wanted desperately to be a better skier?

Did you ever do a triple lobius with a left legged cross-over down UpperWildfire because your daughter yelled your name from the Skye Peak Quad and totally spooked you?


Did you ever drive to random tiny ski areas across New England just so your daughter could bring her F.I.S. points down?

Did you ever spend hour after hour at the ski shop, talking to customers, boot fitters and ski salesmen...just because you wanted someone with whom to talk skiing?

Did you ever wear an absolutely heinous neon yellow ski jacket or pink flamingo pointy knit ski hat because your daughter bought it for you?

Did you ever enter a synchonized skiing competition because you thought skiing was supposed to be beautiful?

Did you ever do O-S turns down Outer Limits all day long...because you wanted to?


Did you ever call your daughter in June to make sure she had put her summer wax on - and then talk her through it for the next hour?

Did you ever hike up Superstar after the lifts closed to go skiing with your daughter?

Did you ever dominate ever dinner time conversation with an analysis of ski technique - and I mean EVERY dinner time conversation?

Did you ever teach skiing because you loved it and not because you wanted the free season pass?



Did you ever get jealous of your daughter when she dropped out of graduate school so that she could become a ski instructor and therefore ski everyday?

Did you ever freeze your butt off and go winter camping just so your daughter could wake up in the woods for her 30th birthday?

Did you ever make a fool out of yourself on the ski hill to guarantee that your daughters would have a good time?

Did you ever teach your daughter to love skiing by loving skiing yourself?

My daddy did.

Happy Birthday to the man who made me the ski bum I am today!
Thanks for everything, Dad!



May You Find the Spirit of the Mountains Within You,
FemaleSkiBum :)

Location:On the way to Killington, VT, pretty much every weekend since my birth

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and thanks for all the great comments :)