we'll drink to the first snow arrivin
feels good just to be alive
in this old mountain town - we're here to stay
We had the first snow day of the year on Friday, so I spent the snowy morning playing mandolin. On saturday morning the snow had built up and was white, beautiful, and fresh. I put the 44 mm tires that I had waiting for use on my bike and rode around town in the powdery snow, before it turned to slick ice. It was a blast! On the way back I stopped by one of my friends new houses, where they made me a sweet breakfast on that snowy morning, and I helped them finish moving in.
Later on, I wanted to go try to learn to snowboard on the mountain, but since the mountain wasn't open yet no one would rent me a board. Luckily, a local dude hooked me up with a sweet board for just over the price of a normal rental, so Jim and I got up the next morning and snowshoed up the mountain with our boards on our backs. When we reached about 10. 5 or 11 thousand feet we put our snowshoes in our packs, strapped in and went down for a great ride. Having never snowboarded before, I wiped out pretty hard a few times, but I'll take learning the hard way over not learning at all.
To finish up the weekend I went to see Muskellunge Bluegrass play after the boarding adventure - they are one of my favorites. Great mandolin playing! I also went to see Keller Williams play, an artist who creates songs by playing one instrument at a time and looping the melodies while he adds another instrument. He is hugely entertaining in concert!