Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ashley Barker?

The camp photographer is Ashley Barker. She is really good. Her website is coming soon. www.ashleybarker.com. In the meantime here are a few shots that she has captured here in South America.





Texture

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Gringo


Coach Mario


Lunch time


I think this is a fun photo


Three days after storm


Loving it

I just got home from another epic day on the mountain. After riding none stop since I got here and not stretching enough, we decided not to hike and just shred the snow that is left in the resort. It's so crazy that three days after the storm half the resort is still untracked. I've only seen a little bit of the mountain (Catedral), but I'm getting really excited to see what else is out there.

Other than skiing, I've been keeping busy with Spanish classes in the evening, dancing, and drinking lots of Mate. We don't eat dinner here until around 10 and nothing is open during the siesta time in the afternoon...it's a bit of a different schedule. My campers are sick and picking up skiing in the powder quick for a bunch of kids from the East Coast. It's their first time in powder for some and their first time hiking for their turns, pretty amazing experiences for summer camp. SASS is pretty much the best way to learn big mountain, jump building, and culture for campers.

Monday, July 14, 2008

SASS


I think I see Tahoe Tessie, oh wait that's Bariloche

I've just arrived in Argentina at SASS. I'll be here for the next month coaching. It was raining when I arrived here, but as soon as the other coaches got off the hill there was talk of epic powder at the top of the mountain, kickers, and wallrides. I'm pretty stoked on the program that they have going on here. They even offer Spanish classes for the kids. I'm in! Anyways, check they're website out @ http://www.sasnowsessions.com/

In the meantime I'll keep you well informed about all the powder I'm skiing and you're not.

Just kidding, it's pissing rain.

(but seriously, it was tits deep today)

Saturday, July 12, 2008

HoppĂ­polla

Smiling
Spinning 'round and 'round
Holding hands
The whole world a blur
But you are standing
Soaked

Completely drenched
No rubber boots
Running in us
Want to erupt from a shell

Wind in
An outdoor smell of your hair
I hit as fast as I could
With my nose

Hopping into puddles
Completely drenched
Soaked
With no boots on

And I get nosebleed
But I always get up
(Hopelandic)

And I get nosebleed
But I always get up
(Hopelandic)

Geeks and iPhone Freaks



I wonder if the world record for waiting in line the longest has been broken in anticipation for the iPhone release. I read one article about people camping out since the 4th of July. This seems completely ridiculous to me. I'm going to wait for the price to come down again and the technology to be superior. Then I'll say, "Told you so!"

Friday, July 11, 2008

Miami



I'm stuck in Miami right now. I'll be here for two days, not able to fly out tomorrow for Argentina. It's sweet though. I'm staying at a country club with a lot of pillows on my bed. The air is clammy and I'm directly under a flight path, but that won't stop me from indulging in one of the best mini fridges I've ever seen, fully stocked with chocolate from all over the world, and watching Miami Vice all night (hence the pink text). In the meantime I'll be on the phone for hours on hold trying to get my flights organized. Since when do you get stuck for two days and the airline doesn't take care of your stay? I think it's bunk, but I'll enjoy my vacation all the same.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Round Up

Wilson called me up the other day, after getting home from a Nascar race in PA, and wanted to go to the Reno Rodeo. It was my first, but not my last. It was crazy. The rodeo is the official state sport of Texas and Wyoming. I didn't even know that we had official state sports.

Then he took me to jump out of a plan. That was also a first, but not a last.


'Merica!


These guys aren't too excited.


Gettyup!


There were snakes on the plane.