Posted on March 28, 2015 by jason
If you want to park right next to the ski lift and hang like a real ski bum, the The C Lot at Mary Jane* is the place. We camped because… you know.
People started showing up at about 6 AM. The lifts don’t start turning until 8:30.
The early birds are mostly from the Front Range – the other side of the Continental Divide. I guess they get here early to beat the traffic, claim a spot up front, or start an early buzz. Despite all the early action, we didn’t roll out of bed until 9:30. The parking lot was full and the grills were already fired up. It’s springtime and it’s warm. Conditions on the hill are pretty poor, but the conditions in the parking lot are excellent.
The entire day was spent out in the sunshine meeting lots of cool people, giving bus tours and even a little bit of snowboarding.
The true local pro bums don’t show up until the afternoon – when there’s leftover food on the grills and plenty of open coolers. It’s a very cool vibe – super laid back and friendly. Everybody seems to know everybody – the C Lot Gang. Ski bums are good people.
* the other “Mary Jane” is completely legal in Colorado, but this mountain is actually named after a notorious prostitute.
Posted on March 20, 2015 by jason
I don’t care who you are… it’s always cool to get a random invitation to France. Sébastien wrote a bit about our little trip for his website and was kind enough to invite us over when we finally make it to Europe. Bien sûr!
Brush up on your French here.
Posted on March 17, 2015 by jason
We had the bright idea of getting out of town to avoid the crowds during the Spring Break rush. And, we figured we could rent out our condo for a little extra travel cash while we were away. It worked a little too well.
With only a few days’ notice, we got a request for an 8-night stay. It was too good to pass up, so we accepted it and started packing and loading up the bus. One thing we’re good at is leaving. Our seemingly genius plan was to just go camp somewhere in the area and let the cash roll in from the rental. Since we were running late, our first night in the bus ended up being in the parking lot of the local pub in town. Fortunately, we ran into some friends who’s kids love campers and they offered up their place during the week. “It will just be empty Monday to Friday, you might as well stay there.” Serendipity calls again.
The next day, we took a drive over to Hot Sulphur Springs, where there’s free camping down by the river. But, the campsites are still buried in snow – even though it’s lower altitude at 7500 ft and notably warmer. Daytime highs are about 55 F. So, maybe we’ll be there next weekend after the snow melts a bit more. We’re also debating camping in the Mary Jane lot, popping the top and BBQ’ing next to the ski lift. If it’s sunny and warm, we can’t go wrong. If you’re skiing Winter Park next weekend, look for us in the ‘C’ Lot.
Well, I am a hustler myself.
-overheard on the street many years ago when two guys were trying to out-hustle each other. We’ve repeatedly quoted it over the years when the occasion fits. It’s all about the intonation. Or, you just had to be there.
Posted on March 9, 2015 by jason
After about the third time that Bode came home and bragged about skiing The Cirque, I decided it was finally time that his old man gave it a whirl. My buddy Scott was up for the weekend and we figured it was as good a time as any.
The hike starts at over 12,000 ft (~3700 m) and winds around the ledge of a cornice to some pretty crazy looking chutes. After about 400 meters, you can sometimes catch ‘The Sled’ but you need a special pass that costs 20 bucks. The sled was there, but we didn’t have the pass. We hiked it all the way around – maybe a few kilometers.
At the top, it’s double-black diamond territory. Not my normal run. You can’t see over the edge – you just have to drop over and hope for the best. We spent about 15 minutes sizing up the entire cornice and trying to decide our best options – the goal for our first time was just to find the easiest way down.
We dropped it. We survived. We had fun. Of course, from the bottom it doesn’t look nearly as gnarly as it does from the top.
Next time, we’re bringing Bode as our guide.
Posted on March 2, 2015 by jason
With pie charts and everything. And it’s not even close to zero.
Posted on February 12, 2015 by jason
Several weeks ago we had an awesome visit from some familiar BodesWell characters.
We first met Simon and M.C. on the road back in Argentina, then proceeded to travel as a VW bus and motorcycle gang to Ushuia and most of the way back up to Buenos Aires. Ah, good times. Seems like a long time ago. It also seems like yesterday.
They came down from Quebec to ride in some sunshine. Colorado delivered.
We caught up, we snowboarded, we soaked in hot springs, we learned dirty words in French, we snow-biked, we threw some pigs, we cooked, we attempted to have Bode teach us the most difficult game ever created, and just generally hung out and had a good time.
The ball’s in our court now: Quebec is on the destination map.
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