|The loop we took had a lot of downhill on the part going out, which meant quite a lot of uphill on the way back. Here's David snowplowing down one of the hills at the beginning.|
|When I started complaining about not having managed to catch any of our falls on camera, David spontaneously obliged me with this pose. I just had to include it.|
To my surprise, the weather for skiing on Tuesday was even better. Once again, Alexsis agreed to head up to Smugg's with me, and we had an awesome time on the slopes. We felt that Smuggler's Notch needed to make some amends after having rained out our ski plans last Friday and being ridiculously cold when Alexsis went with her boyfriend Alex on Saturday. But it totally lived up to our expectations, and we're trying to figure out when we can go back as soon as possible. Here I've posted pics of two institutions well-known to those who ski the area.
|Each resort I've visited this year has a tree adorned with women's lingerie and necklaces that have been flung on it by people passing from the chair lift. Here's Smugg's, decorated by riders of the Madonna lift.|
We started out too ambitiously, trying to make ones with too large a diameter. So we scaled back to a smaller pan to get the hang of crepe spreading and flipping and then worked our way up to larger ones and finally -- under Josh's tutelage since he figured out the technique first -- ones where we cooked the filling directly with the crepe in the pan. We did savories with cheese, spinach, mushrooms and apples and sweet with strawberries, bananas, nutella, honey and whipped cream.
|At this moment my first effort at a crepe looked good, but about 10 seconds later it self-destructed due to my flip fail.|
|Alyssa, AnneMarie, Kate, Ali, Alexsis and Matt chatting after Round I of crepe-eating.|
|Josh tutoring me on his newly-mastered method of folding crepes over the ingredients in the pan.|
|Kate throwing on a healthy doses of whipped cream to garnish her strawberry-banana-nutella creation while Josh coaches Ali in the background.|
|Dan arrived a bit later, thereby missing the fails and going directly to crepe success in making his savory creation under Josh's watchful eye.|
Happily the last week has been good to the various challenges I've started for 2011.But given how long this post is, I'll wait till the next one to do a challenge report. I'm definitely looking forward to this coming weekend, when Siham and Leah come up for our dog sledding adventure, and I'm sure some combination of ice skating,rock climbing or other challenge activities.