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Backcountry skiing and pond hockey and football, and more!

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This weekend I went up to the mountains with some friends. My dear friend Season, from Whitman, has a cabin in the mountains near Creede, Colorado, and invited us up to spend the long weekend with her family. It was lovely. The first morning we were there, we went up to Wolf Creek Pass to backcountry ski with Season’s dad who has been skiing in these mountains for 30 years. Here are some photos from our weekend:

The view from the parking lot.

The view from the parking lot.

Panorama from the top of the hike.

Panorama from the top of the hike.

Our lovely turns in the pretty snow!

Our lovely turns in the pretty snow!

My lovely friend Season in all her ski gear.

My lovely friend Season in all her ski gear.

This is the lovely cabin in the mountains where we spent our weekend. Season’s parents built this from the ground up during the winter of 2004. It’s an incredibly homey, welcoming place and was such a fun home base for the weekend.

This is the wonderful cabin that we spent our weekend in. Talk about rustic!

This is the wonderful cabin that we spent our weekend in. Talk about rustic!

We spent the next day in downtown Creede enjoying pond hockey, small town bars, and the incredible scenery. They filmed parts of Lone Ranger up this canyon.

Downtown Creede, the town nearest to the cabin.

Downtown Creede, the town nearest to the cabin.

We got to watch the annual pond hockey tournament!

We got to watch the annual pond hockey tournament!

Hilarious 4-wheel drive zamboni.

Hilarious 4-wheel drive zamboni.

This dog wanted to play hockey so bad!

This dog wanted to play hockey so bad!

The winning team. We drank margaritas with these guys later. They were large.

The winning team. We drank margaritas with these guys later. They were large.

After pond hockey, we went over to both bars in Creede and watched the playoffs. Pretty excited that the 49er’s are going to the playoffs and I’m pretty excited to watch two brothers face off on national TV.

Season’s cabin is near the banks of the Rio Grande. It’s so beautiful there, especially this time of year when there aren’t loads of people everywhere.

The view from the front yard.

The view from the front yard.

What a wonderful way to spend the weekend!

What a wonderful way to spend the weekend!

This guy was hanging out by the side of the road on the way home. A perfect parting gift!

This guy was hanging out by the side of the road on the way home. A perfect parting gift!

And then a month went by…

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Sorry about that! I went home for about 10 days for Christmas. My parents sold their house recently and are living in a 550 square foot cabin on our friend’s farm, so internetting and blogging was not really gonna happen. But it was a great break from reality – fun to be home spending every waking (and non!) with my family. We skied, baked, watched movies, ate (a lot!), went to a play and generally enjoyed living out of town. and on the night before Christmas eve, my sister got engaged! Her boyfriend (now fiance) was visiting for a week before Christmas and he popped the question the night before he left! So excited to start planning her wedding!

Here are some photos from my time at home:

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Mt Blackmore from our Christmas tree hunt.

The Elephant Spring in Yellowstone.

The Elephant Spring in Yellowstone.

Bull elk staring us down.

Bull elk staring us down in Yellowstone.

The Christmas Spiders that are hung up in downtown Bozeman every year.

The Christmas Spiders that are hung up in downtown Bozeman every year.

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The three dogs we were taking care of on the farm.

And then I flew to California to meet up with Kyle and his familiy in June Lake. Here I got to reunite with Jewell, visit some of my favorite places from a past life (www.bigwidewesternworld.blogspot.com) and have an exciting outing of my own!

My happy dog and I when we were reunited!

My happy dog and I when we were reunited!

We went of an a skiing adventure but Kyle's boots and bindings didn't fit together :(

We went of an a skiing adventure but Kyle’s boots and bindings didn’t fit together 😦

Kyle at the sand tufa - some of the coolest geologic formations I've ever seen!

Kyle at the sand tufa – some of the coolest geologic formations I’ve ever seen!

Down at the lake's edge...I had no idea what was coming...

Down at the lake’s edge…I had no idea what was coming…

We're engaged!

We’re engaged!

Carson Peak from the front yard.

Carson Peak from the front yard.

Deserted ski resort.

Deserted ski resort. We skinned up to the top!

Looking downhill to Mono Lake.

Looking downhill to Mono Lake. A gorgeous day for a ski!

Pub crawl shirts - June Lake The Lost Season.

Pub crawl shirts – June Lake The Lost Season.