ian turns 15
March 9, 2010
Ian turned 15 last Friday, and I’ve spent all weekend recovering.
For his birthday, Ian asked for a month in the country.
Ha. No, he wanted to take some friends up AF canyon with snowmobiles, build a kicker (for skis and snowboards, not for the snowmobiles), hike, and generally goof off.
Now I don’t know about you, but that sounds like how I would like to spend the day my own self. So I called in sick (not really, I called in well, but busy), loaded up the boys, and off we went.
And, without further ado, here is the video:
We towed skiers and boarders up the 3 mile dirt road to Silver Lake Flat, crossed the lake, built a kicker, played, drove the sleds all over creation, got them stuck more times than I care to remember, skied John off a cliff, ran the snowmobile into a tree (um, I did that), hiked straight up to the ridgetop to ski the 10 inches of new snow we got the night before, played some more, and returned home very tired (more on that below).
I don’t have pictures of the boys trying crazy stunts off the kicker, you’ll have to watch my Scorcese-level video for that. But here are the always Leibowitz-level iPhone pics:
Hiking to the ridge, learning what it means to post-hole up to your armpits:
Ian, loving the deep snow:
Finally, the ridge:
The snowboarders disappeared too fast to get pics, but here’s Jonah tearing it up:
And Ian enjoying the fresh:
Meanwhile, back at base camp, fun with snowmobiles. Kolby towing KJ:
Ian, getting Jonah some air:
The lake, the fun, the view:
Best birthday ever, says Ian.
Me, getting some well-deserved apres ski in: