Thursday, February 23, 2006

Conran at 6 months old - so cute!

Here is Kim's beautiful child at 6 months old.  So cute.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Terrain park

Hit the terrain park today, jibbing rails, jumps and the wall. Lots of fun and cannot wait to do it again. Lfn!

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Saturday 18th February : CASI Qualified Snowboard Instructor

After 7 weeks of training, a broken wrist, and a week of exams - trying to make it sound difficult - I have passed my Level 1 - Snowboard instructors exams. It is only really in the past week that I can feel my riding has come on to new levels, and that the things I am concentrating on in my riding, are starting to flow more easily. The pictures below show my instructor badge and me wearing my new hat - a present to myself for doing so well. My riding was rated as meeting the CASI standard, whilst the teaching rated above standard. It is doubly pleasing because I was completing the course with a broken, sorry fractured, wrist; which after I had broken it thought that the course was over, I am just so pleased, because of money, time and personal advancement, this turned out not to be the case.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Friday 15th February : Snowboard instructors exam

Today is the snowboarder instructors exam. By 1pm Canadian time I should now whether I am a fully fledged CASI qualified expert. After which I will hopefully celebrating, in the only bar in town.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Tuesday 7th Feb 2006: Back in Rossland

After two weeks off because of injury (yet to be reported, hurt pride and other male emotions), here is a quick post, hopefully to be expanded later, of my activities.

Monday Jan 23rd: Broken Wrist
My worst fears came true today when I fell over, slow moving not jumping, and fell forward on the stump of my wrist, hand bent backwards into arm. Broke, stop exaggerating, I mean fractured two bones. My initial worry was that my money spent on this course, would be wasted, however after two weeks in Denver, I am ready to ride with the cast on. Ohh yes geekily the hospital had a digital x-ray display, wow!

Wednesday Jan 25th: Fly to Denver
Luckily I had originally planned to spend 5 days in Denver, with Audrey, but now I extended my stay for an extra week. I arrived there at 5.00pm, greeted by an eagerly waiting Audrey.

Saturday Jan 28th: Boulder
There is a little town 25 miles north of Denver called Boulder, apparently Mork & Mindy's house is there, thanks Mark, but we didn't see it. But by chance when I phoned Taylor that evening before he told me such fact I was saying on Skype "Mork calling Orson, come in Orson", how freaky was that, or simply my sub-conscious working in mysterious ways. Boulder was a great place, very hippified, granola-girl type place. I could see myself living there, nice smallish town with a good vibe.

Friday Feb 3rd: Estes Park
We rented a log cabin in Estes Park at the edge of the Rocky Mountain National Park. A very beautiful place, with wild Elk roaming the roads. The log cabin was great and we got upgraded to the Honeymoon Cabin, at great amusement to everyone I have told, the only honeymoon thing I could see in the cabin were three hearts, basket weaved above the bed. Estes Park is home to the Stanley Hotel, which is the one that is either featured or based on the book The Shining. On Saturday night we went for a meal at Mary's lake lodge, had to go there because it was recommended by Audrey's dad, and also it is called Mary named after my mother.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Monday 6th Feb: Spokane, Washington state for a night.

Whist waiting for bus back to Rossland, I had the fortunate benefit of staying Spokane for a night.