State Nordic Race

In Oregon, we have Bill & Ginny Martin to thank for our great high school nordic programs.  They have really worked hard to offer it to all kids and we are lucky enough to have them working with our high school.  The culmination of the whole year is the State Nordic Races, and this year it was really fun.

img_1584

Friday was the classic race and we knew it was going to be cold – 20 degrees  and we couldn’t even see the top of Mt. Bachelor due to the wind and snow. Ouch.

 

img_1589

I had the fun of standing at this corner to keep regular daily skiers who paid to use the area from going across the blue belts and into the race course.  Then the racers would fly down from the left and the other skiers would be in the way. It was so funny.  I could have taken 10 pictures of almost crashes but I was too busy trying to get them out of the way!

s-e

At the end of the day Friday, we were ready to head home and get warm.  My toes were cold for 3 hours.  So proud of my daughter who detests the cold and who just learned to ski this year – she did great!

d-e

Dan took the carload of girls up on Saturday – and look at that weather! The difference a day makes in the mountains.  Eliza had a another good day skate skiing and is VERY happy to be done for the year.  Great sport!

 

XC Nordic Race at Mt Bachelor

mt-bach-drive

Easy drive to the mountain!

e-skiing-by

Perfect day for it! Sunny and 30’s. Crazy gorgeous. The skiiers had a great day. Nice 5K course.  I strapped on my snowshoes to get some exercise, but should have strapped on skis and done the course – next time!

hill-skiier

That lucky skier !  Look at that, he’s got the whole hill!  Just another day in paradise.

 

 

Nordic race @ Willamette Pass

eliza-nordic-hill

Eliza had a nordic race at Willamette Pass this weekend, and because Nate was injured and couldn’t wrestle, we were both able to go. Here she is coming down the hill during the relay race.  Cold, 15 degrees, a little windy, but still beautiful!

odell-lake

Odell Lake with Diamond Peak in the background. We’ve camped and hiked on the opposite side of the lake – a very peaceful area.

snowy-roads-from-will-pass

The roads back were fine – that’s ice and snow packed and easy to drive on if you don’t drive too fast!

bach-mtns-from-lap-view

I take this picture every time I come back from LaPine because look at that view!!!  Mt Bachelor to the left, then Broken Top and the 3 Sisters.  Glad we had the excuse to get outside for Eliza’s race!

Bend & Snowmaggeden

guest-room-morning

View from our guest room window – great full moon and color – can you see the mountains just barely over the top of houses?  This is how we check the weather!  We used to have this view out our front window, but since moving into town, this little peek is all we get.

sisters-to-bach-view-wclouds-oh-wow

Another beautiful day to hike our “outdoor treadmill” Pilot Butte. View west of Mt. Bachelor to Broken Top to the Three Sisters. You can barely see our little town, too.  We’ve had over 50″ of snow in a little over a month, so people are referring to it as Snowmaggeden.  It has had an impact on businesses, including mine, but it mystifies me that people are complaining about it – how can you change the weather?! Just get out and enjoy it.  We are to get rain this week and then the flooding may start.

mt-bachelor-tree

That’s our ski mountain, Mt. Bachelor.  It’s been very busy up there – locals very happy.

sistersbroken-framed-with-trees

Hiking down on the trail, couldn’t resist another pic.

pilot-butte-from-bike-stands

Looking up from the base of Pilot Butte, the whole hill is covered with ski tracks.  Technically not allowed because it’s a state park, but people have been having fun.

pilot-butte-from-car

Doesn’t it look tiny?! You can google for a better pic.  The road that runs up it and is open in good weather is barely visible and locals never drive it, only walk, usually with dogs.  I should probably take more time and tell you it’s specs, but I’m heading out to play!

Driving around Central Oregon

School was closed for 2 days last week due to the big storm (18″ in one day at our city home), but Nate had a wrestling tournament on Saturday in Redmond, so we had to go out…

deschutes-mkt

We took the back way down Deschutes Market, easy going.

glorious-3-sisters-broken-top

 

I’ve taken so many shots from this overpass!  Deschutes Market turns into Tumalo Road and here are our gorgeous mountains.  The 3 Sisters and Broken Top to the left.  Great for hiking in the summer, incredible for snow sports in the winter, and ALWAYS fun to look at.

 

hwy-97

 

HWY 97 runs the length of Oregon, this stretch is between Bend and Redmond.  Another nice clear road and too early to be packed, yeah.

 

mt-jeff

 

View from the high school where the wrestling match was. That’s Mt. Jefferson with clouds rolling in.  I was inside all day for the meet and just wanted to be OUTSIDE!