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Life is what happens when you are busy making plans

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Well the saying "life is what happens when you are busy making plans", couldn't be more true for us these days! We've made a lot of plans for the next 5 months....and a lot of them we aren't able to do right now. Plan for now was to live here in SLT (South Lake Tahoe) for 5 weeks and go snowboarding every day....exploring Heavenly, Kirkwood, Squaw/Alpine, Northstar. After all we have both Epic and Ikon passes (!!!). But...life happened. Nik has minimal use of his arms currently and my foot stress fracture seems to be rearing its grisly head again. Like that word? I originally had the word ugly but then looked up synonyms because I felt ugly didn't describe how I felt about it well enough. Grisly means causing horror or disgust, haha! Thats how this foot pain feels...it limits my ability to simply walk outside in the beautiful trees and snow without feeling pain! :( Ok my sob story is over.



Last week we had the pleasure of Sage's grandparents Mark and Barb…

Niklas Scissorhands

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Whelp, my finger and arm are broken...




But not before an excellent day of riding with Jon Kulpit. We shredded an ultimate blue bird powder day at Heavenly and the conditions were most excellent. At the end of day (we were literally headed back to the car which was parked on the California side) I ended up falling into a tree well and hitting a massive pine tree. It has been a very humbling experience, I was lucky to escape with minimal injuries and should be able to ride again soon. The major bummer is the fractured left radius and right middle finger leaves me feeling like Edward Scissorhands, which also makes it hard to type. So sorry for the lack of blog updating!





Sarah and Sage stayed behind with Sarah Prins and her two boys, Ray and Ivan. I’m going to hand the reigns over to Sarah here so she can tell you all about it. She will also type a lot faster and get this blog updated!





Well I guess Nik wants me to write something now. Suffice to say it sort of sucks to not have Nik's …

Snowmobiling Sonora Pass

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Yesterday I went snowmobiling with Sean Patrick (Sarah’s cousin who has lived in Mammoth Lakes for over 30 years). This is the view I had coming over Kingsbury pass. We met at Sonora Pass on the east side of the Sierra Nevada at 10am. Let me start by saying that convincing Sarah it was safe for me to go snowmobiling with Sean with over 100” of snowfall in the past 7 days was not easy. But after some deliberation, and a brief course on how to use an avalanche beacon, I headed out to Sonora Pass from South Lake Tahoe at 8am.

The road ends where they stopped plowing for winter, just past the Marine Corps Mountain Training Center. Sean was already there waiting for me when I arrived with the two machines we would be riding for the day. My whip was a 2015 RMK Pro 800 (the one closest in the picture). This is the most powerful and advanced snowmobile I have ever ridden, and boy was I excited and nervous at the same time. So much so, that I forgot to put my GoPro on my chest and start my Ski…

Drive to North Lake

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Today we decided to take a day off from snowboarding/outdoor stuff and have a chill day. Got some yummy Indian food buffet (Sage loves naan! especially when its soaked in tikka masala sauce) and gawked at the icicles...I have never seen so many icicles!





We then drove up the eastern side of the lake up to Incline Village. There is so much snow on the roads that the 2 lane highway is almost too narrow at times!

We decided to check out the Hyatt which is right along side the northeast shore of the Lake. We got some yummy adult beverages and enjoyed pretending like we were fancy hotel guests, haha!






The Odyssey begins...

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We have decided to hang up our work hats, move out of our house, and live the mountain life for a few months until I (Sarah) start residency in Albuquerque, NM this July. We've talked about doing something like this for years and are so excited to actually be doing it! We hope to do a lot of snowboarding and soak up the natural beauty that the western half of our country has to offer!