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Ski Vacation! And Getting Fit

Monday, January 23, 2017

I had a great ski vacation to Methow Valley (WA) with the Nordic Club. Ski conditions were great, we got lots of fresh snow, and the group was congenial and friendly. 21 of us went.

SparkCoach suggested blogging about how we can tell our health is improving and we are getting fitter -- WITHOUT using the scale. When I was leaving on my trip, I dithered about which warm heavy jacket I should take with me; none of them looked good; and my two usual jackets are more than 10 years old, somewhat worn, and they just didn't seem to fit right. As I drove away, the temperatures were dropping (ranging from 8 degrees F to 18 degrees F) and I realized I had left BOTH my old heavy jackets behind. I stopped to try on new jackets in Yakima; they didn't look very good either. Then I had an inspiration: I tried on a smaller size. YAY! It looked great! It was on a winter clearance sale and I bought it. I'll donate the old ones to our local homeless shelter. So I haven't lost a ton of weight since my eating plan re-start in early December, but I HAVE improved my shape. (I'm getting rid of ski pants that are too big also)

I mostly skied with the intermediate group of classic skiers. I am not the fastest skier in the group, but I had a great time! Between 6 and 12 of us skied together, on loops ranging from 6 to 9 miles.

Me on my skis! Wet hair but happy -- I took off my rain hat while Ron took my photo; he had trouble with the IPhone and by the time he finally took the photo my hair was soaked. (The baggy burgundy jacket is not my new heavy winter jacket; it is a lightweight Gore-Tex layer suitable for the heavy wet snow that was falling that day)

Skate skiers blowing past us on the bridge over Goat Creek

River views; first is Goat Creek.

Views from the meadow trail in Mazama: Goat Wall, trees in the snow, and barn.

A few of my fellow skiers in the intermediate group. The skier in bright blue was my room-mate; she is over 75 years old and skis faster than me! Terry (man in the second photo) and I usually skied together, at about the same pace. He has a great sense of humor and is a lot of fun.

Eight of us drove to the town of Twisp (population 920) to participate in the Methow Valley women's march on Saturday. It was a great experience; over 600 happy peaceful marchers. I didn't realize there would be a march in Methow Valley, so I didn't bring a pink hat or signs -- but I'm glad we went (women's rights, social justice, and protect the environment were the primary messages). My friend Steve said he thought Twisp probably had the highest turnout of all the marches, in terms of marchers compared to population base!

Molly, Cassie and me

At the community center in Twisp

On the short march (marching through Twisp doesn't take long! -- but it was icy and slushy)

All in all I had a GREAT vacation. Good food, great companions, and lots of fun fitness activities!

And here is a photo of the new winter jacket that FITS! (need new smaller pants too but oh well. One purchase at a time!)

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