Ok… so we spent a lot of money today. The big boys and I got outfitted with cross country skis. All of my stuff is new, the boys have new skis and bindings, and used boots and poles. ( At least we now know where to go for the ski swap in the fall for deals! ) Anyway, if there is one thing I don’t mind spending the money on it is good outdoor equipment. Using old, ill-fitting equipment, and clothing that doesn’t provide the necessary warmth and comfort sets everyone up for a lousy experience. And when you love the outdoors you want to make sure your kids do too! This has been our philosophy for camping gear, rain gear, snow gear, etc. and so far it has paid off.
Suddenly my outlook on winter here has completely turned around.
Gabe really wanted to try them out tonight so the two of us went for a ski. He did great in the deep snow. Lots of falling, but lots of laughing and getting back up.
After getting back to the house with Gabe I went for a longer, faster loop myself. What joy! What rapture!
I had to take a self portrait of the event. I can’t tell you how happy this has made me. Now I will be fighting Graeme to take the dog out at night!