|Hans at Chester Bowl, Trail #5, 1:45 PM|
|Mark at the Magney Ski Trail trailhead. Trail #1, 8:30 AM|
|Sally at Piedmont, Trail #3, 10:45 AM|
At Piedmont, we felt like champions as we skied past the casual crowd. Lunch was at the famous Snowflake Nordic, home of Olympians and state champions. All of a sudden, our little promenade of underachieving skiers seemed teeny, as fancy racers with expensive skis glided circles around us. But were any of them going to SKI THEM ALL? I don’t think so.
After Snowflake, it was about the pride. The next two trails had hardly been touched, even on busy Tour Duluth. Who could ever skip the roller coaster rides of Chester Park and Bagley Nature Area?! Obviously, some people just weren’t in the spirit.
|Logan at Bagley, Trail #6, 2:30 PM|
We took a short break in the afternoon. Hans had to get ready for a date, so we left Mark, Logan and Kai to finish the challenge. I went out again at 4:30, as the sun was headed to the horizon, and skied my last two trails.
|Me at Lester Park, Trail #7, 5:00 PM.|
Tired and proud, I made it to the year-end club potluck, turned in my form, and headed home. I put away my skis and took the ski box off the top of the car. Ski season is over.
At middle age, it’s hard to find those landmarks to check off as life passes by. Days turn into weeks turn into years. Suddenly our children are adults and my legs just aren’t as strong as they were. But this year, 2012, is the year that I SKIED THEM ALL.
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