Exploring Lapham Peak

Imagine our disappointment when we pulled out in front of the ski rental store bright and early this gorgeous clear blue-skies day, full of anticipation and all ready for the a spot of cross country skiing, only to be told that they had sold all their skis. Not rented out, but sold. And I had just called three days earlier to ask about their rentals.

Happily, in this day and age of iPhones and 3G networks in general, we were able to locate another nearby store in the vicinity and headed there. We finally managed to hit the trails an hour or so after schedule, but no matter; our spirits were too high just be outdoors in the sun.

From Random

We mistakenly went up this slope, thinking that it was a beginner’s trail, only to find out midway that it was the advanced

It was the nicest day out since I’ve moved back to Chicago. The sun was out in force, the skies were clear, and it was warm and toasty at a delightful 40 degrees (at least, we warmed up mighty quickly as soon as we started moving). Though the relative heat made ski conditions in certain areas somewhat slushy and wet, there was still decent enough snow cover for some fun skiing. Unless it snows again though, we really caught the ‘last hurrah’ today. 🙂 Just 9 more months to go before the season starts again I guess!

Since we didn’t have much to eat for breakfast nor lunch, we were famished by the time we drove back to Illinois, and thus went overboard in ordering dinner. Jeff and I headed over to Binny’s to pick up three bottles of 2007 Rhone wine for a horizontal tasting, while Eugene, Lida, and Susan picked up the fried chicken and sushi that Miguel ordered. Tucked into all the food back at Liguels’; the Domaine du la Solitude Châteauneuf-du-Pape was amazing – smooth, raisiny and well balanced. Our favorite of the three we got, though the two other cheaper ones from the nearby Giagondas are really value for money as well.

All in all, a fantastic way to spend Saturday: skiing, out in the sun, eating, drinking, and playing board games with friends. 🙂

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