Foot of powder! Got finished early today so I went to an old abandoned ski area this afternoon. It was my first time downhill skiing this year. These are my old skis. It’s funny when I go to a commercial ski area people are always marveling at my skis. They say, “wow is Kneissl making Red Stars again. Those are retro.” No, they’re just old. Goes to show if you hold on to anything long enough it’ll come back into style.
Anyways, I thought it would be neat to post some pictures from my afternoon. This ski area was first opened during the 40’s and shut down in the 80’s since then the trails have all become overgrown. It’s maybe a half hour from my house. The picture to the left is the view of the front looking up.
The picture underneath is the view from the top.
It’s only about 300 vertical feet, but I walked up and skied down five times. Pretty tiring. You can see in the background of this picture that it is a major metropolitan area. Check out the houses on the hill across the way.
This is one of the old lift shacks.
This is one of the trails down. As you can see it runs through a gorgeous birch forest. The nice thing about skiing this way is that I didn’t run into another soul while I was there. I was surprised because it was a beautiful day and it’s pretty close to a couple of colleges. What’s wrong with college kids these days. On a nice Friday afternoon I would have definitely been out playing and not studying.
If you ski you understand how nice this is, especially when you consider that the only charge is the effort to walk uphill.
Another trail down with a foot of almost totally undisturbed powder. Starting tonight thousands of people will be headed north to sit in their car for three hours to drive to ski areas. Then Saturday and Sunday they’ll be paying $70 or more each for a lift ticket at some big, crowded, noisy commercial ski area. And I promise you that there won’t be a foot of powder either. Folks, take advantage of recreational areas in your neck of the woods.
And of course while I was there I spotted some edible plants. This is burdock thistle.
You must have seen these seeds. It’s like they’re made out of velcro and stick to your pants and your dog’s fur. I think people eat the roots of Burdock before they go to seed like this plant obviously has. I think it has a lot of medicinal properties too. Do you have a edible or medicinal plant book? I’ll remember where this plant is so that I can harvest it in the spring if I want to.
And of course you know that these are the seed pods from Staghorn Sumac, right? These seeds are used a lot in middle eastern cooking like kebas and pilaf. They also make up a nice cooling lemonade type drink.
By now you know the refrain, “Get outside everyday.”