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Old 02-18-2009, 03:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My wife's birthday was the 16th. We had a buy one get one ticket at Timberline, but it was only good Wed. So went headed up yesterday to have a good time on the mountain. It started off badly. On the way up, someone in a blue car going WAY too fast down the hill spun out and slammed into a wall behind us. I hadn't even gotten up there and I was already on an adrenaline rush, but the bad kind. Also, this is my second trip to T-line and BOTH times someone has almost hit us coming down the hill at mach 2. What is the DEAL?! Learn to drive.

Anyways, we get there and buy an all-day pass. $56 or something like that. What we didn't realize was that the hill closed at 4. We could have bought a 1-4 ticket for cheaper, but instead we paid more to spend an extra 45 minutes on the hill. That's how we roll.

And then, I almost died.

I was cutting through the trees because that's my favorite thing to do. But I misjudged a turn and got caught in one of those sinkhole around the trees. The front of my board dug in and I upended into another tree head first. I ended up with my head buried about 2 feet into the snow, well past my shoulders. The problem was that my feet were up over my head and my back was wedged against a tree. I tried to get loose, but I couldn't. I was stuck.

So I began to think, "Nice. I'm going to die with my head in the snow and my ass in the air." It sucked for a second before I realized how appropriate it was. Really. I'm not a brave person. I'm not noble or heroic. I'm only good for making people laugh. My death SHOULD be an anecdote. It should be a story you tell around the dinner table. Then, I toppled over and the sun shone on my face again. Turns out I wasn't THAT stuck. Anyways, I'd been there for a couple minutes, so I'd lost my wife. I went for one more run alone before returning to the car where she was awaiting me, a little upset that I ditched her.

So we headed back and she played a CD and we sang and rubbed our sore muscles. All said and done, it was a good day. Even though I did almost die.

Timberline was GREAT. The sun was out, the snow was fresh. Probably going back again next week.
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Man I was reading this and thinking "he's dead and now he's gone through some voodoo crap and become our first zombie." So I was getting ready to sharpen my weapons when I read you were ok.

Tree wells suck, shitty drivers suck, glad you're ok. Second season has begun.
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Old 02-18-2009, 04:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I better not die with my head in the snow. I'm still crossing my fingers for a zombie apocalypse. There's no other way to go down.

Also, how many accidents are there in a given day on the T-line access road? Do I just get lucky and witness all of them?
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Old 02-18-2009, 04:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I love how in your last moment to live what you thought of was the irony of how you were dying.

Glad you're ok though
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I have no idea, but you might be happy with that drive if you ever get to experience the shit show that is I70 on a weekend.
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Old 02-18-2009, 04:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Just FYI Flick..if you plan on staying with Timberline...

Go buy a REI membership for 25 bucks or whatever it is, its lifetime.

You can get Buy 1 Get 1 Free Day passes at T-Line during ANY weekday(with the exception of maybe holidays). You also get big discounts at Ski-bowl for day passes...having a AAA card also can get your discounts at Ski-bowl....
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Nice story. Yeah those tree wells suck so much, but r so much fun.
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Old 02-18-2009, 04:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I didn't know that. That's pretty sweet.

Here's my problem right now. The wife and I are getting old. I mean REALLY old. She just turned 23 for the fourth time. That makes her 26 like me. So we're talking about kids. Problem is, our families are back in Indiana. We LOVE Oregon. This is such an amazing place. But we want to be near our families when we have kids.

Do I take the amazing outdoors, nearby coast and mountains and far superior weather? Or do we head back to live in a suburb built on top of farmland, meaning NO trees in the 100+ degree summers that have been hitting Indy recently?

Ugh, it's a crappy decision to have to make. Why can't everyone I know just move out to Oregon. It's better here, I promise!
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Have the kids in Oregon. It's a better environment for them to grow up in for sure
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Sure, but they'd never see the rest of their family. My grandparents lived in Cali and I saw them ONCE.

Right now, it's looking like the wife and I will be in Oregon for another year before we settle in Indy. It really sucks because I was about to take up kayaking.
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