Sunday, February 21, 2010

Skiing, Hazardous Roads and Moose

All seven of us, with our ski equipment, piled into our Explorer Friday morning for the 75 minute drive to Eldora Ski Resort for a day of fun. This was the first time skiing for the children (ages 12, 11, and 8) and by lunchtime, they looked like seasoned skiers. The morning was postcard perfect. By afternoon a few snow showers had moved in. We had a wonderful day, one I've added to my "Bliss List!"

We started home about 4 p.m. and had an uneventful drive on scenic Highway 7 until just outside of Estes where we stopped at the end of a line of cars waiting for several stuck vehicles, including a big orange snow plow truck, to be removed from snowy ditches on either side of the road. The snow on the curve at that point had melted then refrozen into a solid sheet of ice causing havoc shortly before we approached. We could see some of what was going on ahead during our 45 minute wait. The police officer at the scene filled us in on what was happening and their plan for getting us all around the curve safely. We slowly and cautiously followed the orange truck which was laying down a thick layer of sand and made it safely home. After a quick stop at home we headed over to Sweet Basilico for a most delicious Italian dinner.

Another highlight of the day was seeing two moose crossing the highway. They are rare on this side of the divide and we've never seen moose in this area before. Unfortunately, my camera was not accessible for a shot. I did get lots of good shots during our day of skiing. I'll be surprised if our daughter's family doesn't make this a yearly event.

They had planned to leave for Omaha this morning but we've had several inches of snow in the last twenty-four hours and it's looking iffy. Wayne is out with his trusty snow blower clearing a path on the driveway.

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