Friday, March 20, 2009

Quandary Snowboard trip....

A Guard friend of Tyler's Invited Tyler, Malcolm, and I to hike up Quandary and board down it.  The day before the hike Tyler's buddy calls in sick, and since we already rented snow shoes we decided to go by ourselves.  Above is a picture right before we hit the trail at 0840.  
The trail head map thingy that tould us to stay on the path.

We somehow missed the actual trail and ended up hiking on this road about a mile until we realized our mistake.  We turned around and found a trail that lead to the main trail so we didn't have to hike all the way back.
There was a good sized tree that fell down and I tried walking over it and then the snow caved in and I got stuck under it....that was fun getting out :P
                                                                  Almost to treeline.
We stopped here to eat food.  When we were eating the wind really started picking up so we decided to gear up for the way down.  We're kinda regretting not summiting, but we were tired and if we did summit there is a saddle between the real summit and the false summit so we would've had to hike up a little ways before continuing down.    

It was a beautiful day!  A little hot but still wonderful!
We started down at 1245.

The snow was really deep and heavy.  We post holed (or sinking deep into the snow making it hard and funny to get out) quite often. 

We got down at 1450(2:50 for us civilians).  

Things we learned:

1.  Pack light!

2.  Leave early: around 5-6am would've been best because the snow would've been hard and we wouldn't have sunk as many times.

3.  There's nothing like a sunny day hiking a 14' you summit or not! 

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Brain Food

A customer at Green's Gourmet Grocery marveled at the proprietor's quick wit and intelligence.

"Tell me, Mr. Green, what makes you so smart?"

"I wouldn't share my secret with just anyone," Mr. Green replies, lowering his voice so the other shoppers won't hear. "But since you're a good and faithful customer, I'll let you in on it. It's fish heads. You eat enough of them, you'll be positively brilliant."

"You sell them here?" the customer asks.

"Only $4 apiece," says Mr. Green.

The customer buys three. A week later, he's back in the store complaining that the fish heads were disgusting and he isn't any smarter.

"You haven't eaten enough yet," says Mr. Green. The customer goes home with 20 more fish heads. Two weeks later, he's back and this time he's really angry.

"Hey, Mr. Green," he says, "You're selling me fish heads for $4 a piece -- I just realized that I can buy the whole fish here for just $2. You're ripping me off!"

"There now, you see that?" says Mr. Green. "You've gotten smarter already."