Fun Stuff: July 2009 Archives

Snow, take two!

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It wasn't on the plan to go skiing two weekends in a row - but the trip a week ago had actually been planned for a week prior.  And this one was pre-paid, so I couldn't get out of it.  Which considering how sick I was on Friday was not such a good thing.  So I went along, thinking I'd have to take it easy as I doubted I'd be able to breathe.

Got up at the same time, had a bit of breakfast, and Steve gave me a lift to the bus stop.  Coach was a little delayed, and got progressively more delayed as we waited for people.  We got to Bullock's Flat just before nine o'clock, however we arrived just after all the other coaches.  So it was absolute chaos in the rental shop.  They rushed us through getting boots, then we stood for forty minutes queuing for skis.  It was an absolute nightmare, I'll definitely not be doing that again.  I'll do what I've done previously - drive myself, have brekky in Cooma, hire gear in Cooma or Jindabyne and rock up all casual like for an early Ski Tube.  

So managed to get on the 10am Ski Tube and went straight up to Blue Cow where I went and got breakfast.  I figured if I had breakfast at 10:30am I wouldn't need to stop for lunch.  (Steve caught the 9:20 Ski Tube)

Ski Tube
Ski Tube

Had a couple of runs on Pleasant Valley by myself, then down Roller Coaster and up the Ridge Quad, where I met up with Steve and Al.  Did a couple of runs each on Side Saddle and Zali's.  Then they went off to get some lunch, and I went back to Pleasant Valley to get my confidence back (which I lost a bit on those scary blue runs ;) ).

Pleasant Valley lift
Pleasant Valley
Top of Pleasant Valley
Top of Pleasant Valley

Met up with Steve and Al again and we did Pleasant Valley and Roller Coaster and Side Saddle and I think Zali's again.  Then we did Excelerator (!)  Managed to do well enough until right near the bottom where I stacked it in front of the lift queues - doh!!  That was my fourth and final stack of the day, so didn't do too badly.

Al and Steve on Summit Quad
Al and Steve
Blue Cow
Blue Cow
Steve at the top of Excelerator

So then meandered our way back through Blue Cow, Pleasant Valley, Copperhead Road, up the Pretty Valley lift and back down to Front Valley.  By this time it was nearly 4pm and they wanted us on the 4:12 Ski Tube back down, so I called it a day.  

Front Valley
Front Valley
So the day actually was pretty good after a grumpy start.  I got boots that were the same make as last week, and in fact a size smaller (25.5 instead of 26.5) and yet these ones weren't as uncomfortable as the ones last week which really hurt my legs where they squeezed tight around my lower legs.  Didn't spend as long on the snow, but then didn't get as exhausted either.  The conditions were a lot better, although that meant the snow wasn't as good - getting slushy in places and icy in others.  This and last weekend were the first times I'd ever been to the snow on a weekend - I've always only gone midweek before.  But the queue lengths weren't really any worse.  The Ridge Quad late morning had a ten minute wait, but everything else was quite quick.

Coach ride back was pretty uneventful, and even managed to doze a little - after my coughing fit.  For some reason I didn't cough too much during the day, and didn't feel short of breath either - go figure!  It did catch up with me somewhat yesterday day though.  Starting to feel better now finally.

Japan Day 2

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The blog entry for Japan Day 2 has been done for a while, but I've finally labelled the photos on conspiracy (link at bottom of entry).
Discovered Picasa's "Where in the World" game tonight quite by accident.  It's surprisingly addictive.  My best score after ten rounds is 2136.

Edit: round 18 - 2647 :)
4:25am my alarm went off yesterday morning.  After only managing four hours sleep - urghh!

Got ready and went and picked up Steve, then went to Nat and Andrew's to swap cars.  Got away at 5:15 from their place.  Arrived at 6:35 at Cooma where we went and hired our gear.  It was really cheap - $38 for my skis/boots/poles, minus a 10% discount that Steve could get us.  Although the boots were a bit loose around my feet and really really tight around my legs (my legs still hurt from the pressure!).  Dropped into The Scottish Restaurant to pick up some takeaway brekkie but had to wait about fifteen minutes in the queue :/  Got away from there at 7:30.

Coming into Jindabyne.
Lake Jindabyne
Arrived in Jindabyne at 8:10 where we got our lift passes.  Then headed up the mountain.  We were going to Perisher and it was cheaper to pay the park entrance ($27 for the car) than four lots of $27 for the ski tube.  But the cost of that was an incredibly slow drive up the mountain.  We couldn't get Nat and Andrew into the morning lessons, but that was probably a good thing, as we wouldn't have made it in time.  As it was, we made the 9:34 Ski Tube up to Blue Cow.

Nat and me on the Ski Tube

So we get out of the train and the whole place is just white.  Snow white.  Air white.  Couldn't really see a thing.  On a lighter note at least the snow was really good!  Just couldn't see it!

We went to the really flat bit just above Blue Cow and tried to teach Andrew the snow plough :)  Did a bit of going up and down around there, then had a couple of goes on the early starter slope.  So for Steve and me it was a pretty easy morning.  Had a slightly early lunch then Nat and Andrew went off for lessons.

We had a couple of goes on Pleasant Valley - which I normally hoon down, but there was so little contrast I was going really hesitantly.  

Pleasant Valley lift
Pleasant Valley lift

Then we had a go at Roller Coaster, which for some reason I've never been on before.  This run was under the cloud line and has an amazingly pretty view.  I was pretty hesitant the first go, but later on we came back to it and I went a bit faster.  The top bit really is like a roller coaster - very cool.

View on Roller Coaster

Did the Ridge Quad to do Zali's a couple of times and the Summit Quad to do Side Saddle.

Steve on the Ridge Quad
Steve on the lift

View on the Ridge Quad
Ridge Quad

Ridge Quad
Heading for the clouds on the Ridge Quad
Ridge Quad
At 3pm we met up with Nat and Andrew who had finished their lessons and had a few small runs with them on Early Starter.  They'd improved enormously with their lesson.  Then we left them to have a couple of runs by themselves with the plan for them to catch the Ski Tube down to Perisher and we'd ski across.  

So we did Pleasant Valley, Copperhead Road (I'd forgotten now long that run is!) and up Pretty Valley lift.  Took me ages to find my way across to the top of Front Valley cause I'd basically forgotten where I was from last time.  Eventually found it though.  Had a couple of runs on Front Valley before finally heading back to the car just after 5pm.

Front Valley
Made our way back to Cooma to return our ski gear and pick up some Maccas for dinner.  And home about quarter to nine.

Had a lot of fun.  Fell over a few times, the most frustrating on Zali's cause it was quite steep and the snow was really slippery, so took ages to get myself up again.  Steve was very patient with me though, waiting at the bottom of each run for me :)  Pretty crap conditions, but really good snow quality.  Aching quite a bit from the traversing.  

And I'm doing it all again this Saturday.  I must be insane! ;)
If anyone's interested I've put some more photos up on conspiracy - Canberra Airport Open Day 2008, Booze Train to Tarago 2008, and Canberra Festival Balloon Fiesta 2009.

The Airport Open Day last year was totally awesome.  And yet for some reason I never blogged about it?? Go figure.  The best part was getting up close and personal with some of the jets that I've flown on.  My favourite of course being the 767.  They told people not to touch, but I couldn't resist.  I was walking under its belly and it was *just there* so I had to give it a pat :)

The Booze Train to Tarago (actually the "Dance Train") was definitely an experience.  Me little brother begged us to go to make up numbers, so we went along.  Fortunately Y was there as well. Unfortunately for her she had a sprained ankle at the time, but it did mean she sat with us the whole night ;)  I have to say though, I've never seen so many Canberra bogans in one place.  Most of them were pissed before they got on the train.  They drank what they could all the way out to Tarago where they all got off to go down to the local hall with their entire eskies full of booze.  We stayed behind and enjoyed the atmosphere of the train with the staff who were all having their dinner.  Then the power went out and my brother scrambled off to fix it.  Then all the bogans came back.  Some of them continued to dance in the dance car, and others passed out in their seats.  If we could get cost price again and good company again I'd probably go again.

Ice Ice Baby!!

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A couple of mornings ago our pool froze over overnight.  I didn't think Canberra really got cold enough for such large bodies of water to do that, but apparently so!  Must have been very still in order for the surface to freeze..

Pool ice
Pool ice
It's only wafer thin!!
Pool ice

Zombie Town ...

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