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This snowboarding day started at 3:30am when I woke to start getting ready.  I slept at about 12:30am, yup just 3 hours of sleep, but that's okay I wasn't the designated driver for this day, so good thing it allowed me to take naps along the way up there and down back home.  My friend arrived at about 4:15am to pick us up in his new H3 Hummer.  First time for me to ride in one of those, so this ought to be fun right.  4:30am hit the clock (our official meeting time) and the SUV was loaded with our bags, boots, and 3 snowboards locked onto the roof.  Our fourth was running late so we all agreed to save time we would meet up in Hayward (at our friends house, where we usually meet up on boarding days since it is about a halfway mark for all of us.

  Even though she would not be going snowboarding with us today, she wouldn't mind if we left a car there for the day.. hehe Thanks ate J.. you're so nice).

In Hayward we arrived, waited a bit.. finally decided to turn off the car.  About 5-10 minutes later a pirate car appeared with a boarder and her snowboard.  =)  Yay it only took 2-3 minutes to lock and load, and we were off.  We stopped at our regular scheduled Starbuck's located in San Lorenzo/San Leandro.  Picked up 3 coffees (none for me thank you), but I did buy a croissant though.

On the road to Sugar Bowl, our anticipation rises as we get closer and closer.  We made a quick stop at McDonald's to grab a bite to eat.  I couldn't finish my sandwich because I was so excited, and I had that croissant earlier.

  Inside McDonald's it was packed with fellow snowboarders and/or skiiers, mostly boarders I think.  All the cars outside had snowboards atop their SUV's.  So nice to see all the people heading the same way as us, possibly to the same resort, possibly not, there are so many options.   Hope to see you up there fellow boarders!!

The time passed as we drove further towards our destination.  I guess I fell asleep again because when I opened my eyes we were just a few miles away from our exit Soda Springs that will be taking us along the road to Sugar Bowl.  Oh the snow.. all around, everywhere I looked.  Such a nice day to start off the snowboarding season, powder all around, sun peaking out, and no wind.

getting suited up
  Everyone had their thoughts on going up to the snow today.  Among the four of us, thoughts were that we might have to leave extra early if the weather sucked, which sucked even more to already be thinking that before even getting there.  So, we had to keep a positive outlook on how our day would go.  Other friends outside the line up of boarders for this day thought that our day trip would be postponed from the bad weather that we have been having all week.  Thoughts of heavy snowfall, and high winds scared them and they were actually hoping we'd change our minds.  We didn't obviously, since I am writing this blog about our snow adventure.  We went anyways.. and good thing we did because it was an absolutely thrilling day to ride those slopes, the baby green Nob Hill, teenage blue Christmas Tree, and honkin' grown up black Mt.
here's the crew right here
Lincoln lifts (freakin' breath taking view up there - hence the note on their little billboard of the mountain "it's different up here") .  And I got my first video taken by my sis while going down one of the runs on Mt. Lincoln.  Gee Golly Gosh it was so fun.

My first run up actually is what cut my day shorter than usual.  When getting on my first lift my right foot (goofy foot) attached to the board dragged on the super packed snow (ice-like even) and made my leg sore after boarding a couple runs afterwards, hope it doesn't bruise.  Yikes, I couldn't believe it, I can't be broken before going to Whistler.  The trip coming up dedicated specifically for boarding.  I felt like crying.. nah not really, geez..

me and sister
I was just a little mad that I couldn't snowboard much of the remaining parts of the day.  I got pretty good runs in, so all in all a very good day.

After retiring for the day I hung out at one the lodges and waited for my friends.  I got to do the usual, run the battery down looking at my pictures in my camera, listen to my iPod and people watch.  Couldn't write anything, or play my ds because those valuable things were in the H3, nice and cozy.  That crap would weigh me down if I carried them with me, and we don't do lockers.  The only time we ever get lockers are when we have beginners with us because we're forced to put their shoes somewhere, and they usually always pack way too much stuff.. hehe beginner's mentality i guess, not really sure what to bring and scared to ask (and when they actually do ask they don't really listen and still bring a load of crap with them.

. it's all good, you're only a beginner once, or at least till you buy your own board).

The people watching was so fun.  I got to observe and hear stories of people taking breaks away from the powder outside.  They spoke of such fun experiences, and funny tricks, jumps and falls that they or others in their group have had.  That takes me back to earlier on when we were eating our lunch and some kid/teen pranced in with some medic guy, he was pretty cut up right under his left eyebrow.  Yish.. it looked pretty bad.  He was laughing of course.  Because of course his little cut made him look pretty bad ass, but man, I'm wondering how the heck did that happen?  What did he crash into that could've given him a cut like that?  Wow, hate to try and rain on his parade but c'mon that's your eye dude gotta be careful out there.

  So.. more people watching.. i see a lot of little skiiers, the babies with their ski instructor.  Too cute, I was observing one in particular.  He kept looking in the ways of the hallway that lead to the bathroom.  And some little girl came out and he asked her about a another little girl that went into the bathroom and asked if she thought she was okay.  She said yes, I think so.  He looked a bit worried, and who could blame him.  He was responsible for her for a certain amount of time and he couldn't go in there and look for her.  But to his surprise after about 2 minutes a big smile formed on his face and he said "you made it" and she smiled and said yeah (i think that's what she said).  So then he started to bundle her all up, neck warmer, helmet, jacket, and gloves.
  Oh that was just too cute, and even more adorable was once she was all done and ready to go outside and pick up her skis she said "thank you" and gave him a hug.  Tooooooo cuuuuuuute I swear.

The time came when we would need to take the gondola back to base/parking and replace our beloved snowboard boots with our dinky little boring regular shoes.  We pulled out of Sugar Bowl's parking lot and we waved good-bye, or said our silent good-byes (because we didn't want to sound like weirdos) and we discussed going to Starbuck's for a coffee fix.  Man, I took a quick nap shortly after because next thing I know we were at the same exit we ate McDonald's early in the AM pulling into one of the Starbuck's parking spots.

  I jumped out of the hummer and walked in.  ((Yipes.. I just realized how much more my right leg was hurting and all i could think was DAMN!! NOOOOOOOOOO! Can't be, I can't be out of play for Whistler.. but what to do what to do.. I rest it up all the way home, chug down some ibuprofen and sleep it off =) that should do it .. i hope)).  Bought me an Americano.. added my splenda, and a little nutmeg (it was ok, I heard from a friend that when adding nutmeg it made the coffee extra yummy.. but i guess it was only just alright not as spectacular as I thought it would be) mixed it up.  Left my coffee with my friend for a quick moment.. used their bathroom facilities (it was going to be a looooooooong ride) and walked out to the car again.
 

And the drive back home begins.. but not before a quick stop to Sierra Snowboard & Ski Patio,  then dinner at BJ's and then home.  On the way home my eyes were starting to hurt so much from the lack of blinking, while playing a quest challenge on my DS.   So then I turned my iPod on and started softly singing along.  No traffic jams, pretty smooth sailing on our road back to Newark.  We did however encounter some heavy rainfall once we reached Oakland.  Nice, good thing we didn't get stuck in Tahoe bumper to bumper traffic.  Such a great day it was to start off my snowboarding season.  I LOVE IT!!

 

ejames01 says:
Looks like so much fun. I love the snow.
Posted on: Apr 03, 2008
PavelR says:
Nice to read about snowboarding, actually Im in Ireland so I miss SNOW so much!
Posted on: Mar 29, 2008
postaltiburon says:
Sounds like a fun day! I wish that I could enjoy snow sports more, but I don't have the patience!
Posted on: Feb 06, 2008
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me and sister
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