Fantastic weather, Beautiful snow, Fun boarding the mountain
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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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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!!