Wednesday, December 29, 2010

In the tops o' the mountains

One of our favorite activities from our little Christmas break was snowmobiling!  I had never been before and we had a lot of fun.  Grant and I were excited to be up in the mountains breathing fresh air and clomping through the snow.

Here is the whole crew minus Grant who took the picture

We suited up with helmets and gear (I was excited because my helmet was a medium... I was sure I would need an XXL hah)

Oh and of course, goggles.  

There are benefits for everyone when I'm the one behind the camera.  The lack of pictures like these is one of those benefits...

It was a perfect day!  The sun was out, clear skies, and it was only about 32 degrees.  It was so warm that I didn't even wear gloves most of the time!  Lauren, the true trooper, kept hers off the whole 2.5 hours.

They gave us a brief run down of our machines.  Rob, our guide, said that the two seaters were like Cadillacs while our machines were more like Ferraris.... While I'm sure Grant was excited about that it basically just made me nervous.  Anyway, this is us practicing our lean.  A proper lean assists in good clean turns.  It also results in extremely sore legs the next day.

Our fearless leader.  Some of the trails were wide and open.  I liked these the best because I could go fast without feeling like I would fly off a mountain.

However, we also went up trails like the one below, which I wasn't so comfortable with.  Rachel & I stayed at the back of the pack because we were the slow and steady turtles on trails like these.

The view at the top was gorgeous.  The mountains in Colorado are so different than the mountains I'm used to seeing & skiing in Utah or Idaho.  They feel more like rolling hills that never end.  It's beautiful.

Of course when our guide says, "Now a funny one!" I always end up being the one looking stupid.  I'm glad to have found a husband who isn't afraid to look stupid with me.  We make a good pair.

The girlies

And of course, Ron & Grant had to get in a few good snow angels.  

It was a great little adventure, and while I didn't manage to get through it without looking ridiculous... multiple times... at least I didn't fall off any mountains...


Steve and Erin Larsen said...

I've always wanted to go snowmobiling! How fun! I love the Tanner family! Glad you guys had a great Christmas!

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