This past weekend, Melanie, my hubby, and I went up to Flagstaff so I couldÂ attempt cross country skiing for the first time.Â This was a common position for me.
This was actually my second time down (of many), but I think my first spill was the funniest.Â We were at the Flagstaff Nordic Center on Saturday and the trails were pretty icy.Â I was attempting to go up a hill but I lost my momentum.Â Instead of going up, I started to slide down backwards.Â I was already leaning forward and so when my skis started going backwards, my upper body continued in a forward motion.Â Until I hit the ground.Â Hard.Â Enough to knock the air out of me.Â Once I knew I was ok (Ankles ok? check.Â Knees ok?Â check.Â Anything broken/twisted?Â Nope.) I started laughing because I could only imagine what it must have looked like.Â Unfortunately, my hubby missed the photo opp.
We went skiing both Saturday and Sunday and I did manage to stay upright for the most part on Sunday.Â I even eventuallyÂ figured out what I was supposed to do with my hands and feet.Â (I determined that cross country skiing is much like learning how to drive a stick shift.Â You know what you’re supposed to do, but getting your hands and feet to comply is a different matter.)Â Saturday’s weather was sunny and somewhat warm (hence the icy trails).
Sunday, however, was a different story.Â A storm moved in overnight and brought snow.Â Several inches of it.
Brrr!Â Thankfully the lodge was nice and warm so we could thaw out.
I really had a lot of fun.Â It was hard work, and I was extremely sore on Monday, but I can’t wait to go again next winter.Â I’m not sure the Yarn Mobile is as excited as I am, though.
My poor little car isn’t used to the cold weather.Â And while the three of us made it through the weekend without any injuries, there was a casualty of sorts.
My hubby wanted to get video of me when I first started out, but the camera slipped and landed on the ground.Â Oops!Â Pictures can still be taken, but the display is dead.Â On the bright side, this confirms our decision to buy a digital SLR to take with us to Ireland in May.Â (Oh, didn’t I tell you?Â We bought tickets and are heading to Ireland on May 9th! Ack!)