On Friday I left directly from work to head to the Portland suburb they live in. (It's a 3-hour drive from Federal Way, and only a 2-hour drive from Lacey where I work.) We relaxed that evening with a little wine and conversation and got up early Saturday so we could get to Timberline Ski Resort on Mt. Hood to get a full-day of skiing in. It was raining when we started our drive towards the mountain, but as our elevation increased, the rain turned into lots and lots of snow. We were psyched that we were going to have good fresh powder. We got to Timberline and I bought my day pass (a little cheaper because it's already the 'spring season') and rented my ski's/ski boots/poles for a really incredible price.
We then zipped up our coats and sped down the mountain. It's been about 3 years since I last skied, and let me tell you, it is just like riding a bike for me. I just got right back into it and, at one point, even though I started with long skis, I exchanged them for even longer ski's to provide me a little bit of a challenge. I only wiped out once, but man, was it spectacular. Even though I haven't done any ballet for a couple of years, I can still do some mid-air splits apparently. We took a lunch break for pizza in the lodge, and then spent several more hours on the slopes. I'm still a little sore from my adventure two days ago, but it hurts so good! I just wish I could afford this expensive hobby more regularly. But I'm very glad to at least get one trip in before the season ended. And I had a really great time visiting with Angela.
An interesting tidbit: While I was gone Robb decided to celebrate St. Patrick's Day (this year officially moved by the Pope to Mar. 15 so as not to coincide with Holy Week) by visiting a casino for the first time. Apparently my husband is now hooked. He spent several hours there and, although he ended up loosing money, he had a blast. So, I need to keep an eye on him so he doesn't turn into one of these casino-crazed Washingtonians!