A day of firsts

What a fun, fun, fun day!

I woke up in Missoula, Montana this morning. It was 12 degrees at 5:00 am when I got up. I had coffee, went to the fitness center (one person at a time) in the hotel and then walked through downtown Missoula. I was using up daylight hopeing it would warm up enough that I could ski without freezing my face off.

The temperature crept up to 16 degrees, and I decided it was a “go”. I had on 3 coats, a balaclava, a hat, and heated gloves.

Purchasing my ticket, I got my first – ever SENIOR citizen discount. Yup – first time ever. They gave me $3 off for being old.

Bundled iup

Riding a chair lift in the 20/21 ski season is my next first! I have been on my downhill/BC skis 12 other times this season and today I caught a ride. I even had to wait in line (for about 3.5 minutes). It was a holiday, after all. The snow was fair, visibility was good, the area was decent and it was great to just do laps.

I’m a SR!

My final destination for the day was The Hickory House. An adorable B & B in Anaconda, MT. It’s so cozy! I have a huge room – large enough to file my edges and wax my skis 🙂 They provide a big fuzzy bathrobe, a full kitchen for guest use, tea, snacks, common areas (of course, with Covid they are empty) with big couches and lots of books. It’s a great spot to stay when you are sking at Discovery.

Half of my room

David, whom I met kayaking a couple of weeks ago, will be picking me up so we can share a day of skiing. What a treat to learn the mountain from a local.

Anaconda is an interesting, old, mining town. I walked around town this evening, just in time for some blue sky to poke through. The architecture is lovely and the homes are small and quaint. Many homes and buildings have plaques explaining the history, which gives much life to this small, quiet town. My favorite discovery in town, is the skating rink, which is a frozen pond or fountain. One person had the entire rink to herself. I wish I had ice skates!

Skating rink in Anaconda, MT. Where is everyone?

A (nother) fun, fun day.

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