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Shrove Tuesday, Eden style

Lazy day yesterday. Bit tired post-Smolen long days. Plus it was rubbish weather (sun AND rain) so we took the day off, mostly sorting out planning for the next couple legs of the trip.

In the afternoon we went down to the Ogden Dinosaur Park, which was a bit like Jurassic Park only without the thrills

Lots more photos of us goofing around with dinosaurs in the gallery.

Then we had pancakes later. Total count was 3 ham/cheese/tomato, 2 peanut butter & jelly, 2 lime & maple syrup, 3 lemon/lime and sugar, 1 blueberry & maple. Felt quite uncomfortable afterwards. Stayed up to watch The Matrix (again), just because we could!

If anybody is wondering, we are going to give up snowboarding for Lent, just with a slightly delayed start

Jon

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Way Down With The Smole

a.k.a. The Guy With The Tie

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Sir Peter of Smolen has been staying with us over the weekend. We had some good riding (except sans new snow which was a shame), and even found some nightlife in Eden! We spent friday night teaching the people at the local tex mex cantina how to make mojitos, pimms and cheladas (spicy beer... nicer than it sounds). No job offers yet, sadly.

Despite it being glorious bluebird weather for 2 of the 4 days Pete was here we've only seemed to get one photo of us all together today (in the RAIN!) so here it is
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Last night we went to the very gracious Dana and John's for dinner and had the most astoundingly good ribs to eat. I ate until I was almost in a coma. They have also very kindly invited us to the Monopalooza team dinner on Friday. [N.B. it's about monoskiing, not magnets]. And told us about loads of great foodie places in California - always a sure way to our hearts.

This is the last week that we are at Powder so we need to hit it really. We'll be very sad to leave here, everyone is so friendly. But we are excited about hitting the road!

Jon

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Well, the weather outside is frightful

But the hot tub is real delightful

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OK, so when there's a severe weather warning here we have to learn to respect it.

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I braved the conditions as I wanted to test the new board. The road to the mountain had been closed earlier due to an accident, and going up really put the 4wd to the limit. Any worse and we'd have needed snow chains as well. Once I got up to the top it was insane. Blizzards closing in on the car bringing visibility down to absolute zero (I had to stop the car a couple times because I just couldn't see anything). No other riders that I could see, just a few crazy ski folk on the slopes. Half speed lifts. Almost two foot of powder on the pistes; something more like three feet at the side. It took me about ten minutes to walk/crawl 100 yards!

The board seems cool but it was more like surfing than anything else. Three runs later I was completely destroyed and scurried home with my tail soundly between my legs. Phew!

This is me calving icebergs off the truck (with my new ride!)

Jon

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Super Furry Animals

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We are back from south Salt Lake having spent an... interesting weekend with the crazy but very hospitable Carey and Dan
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their two cats (sample cat)
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and their two crazy pugs

Riding-wise we tried out Solitude (icy) and Snowbird (crowded and miserable conditions). Neither of the other resorts blew us away so we were quite pleased to get back to quiet, peaceful Pow Mow.

And, finally, the grand snowboard quest is over! We have both taken the plunge and gone with ninja new Never Summer boards that are supposed to be the mutts nuts. Mine is ready to shred and Angi's should be with us in a day or so.

Happily it's snowed another foot overnight (and probably another couple of inches or so in the hour since we got up) so i'm off out to test it, hurrah!

Jon

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Caught by the Fuzz!

Uh oh, we're in trouble...

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We took a day off today as we've been riding pretty hard for the past week and needed a break (or we might have broken something). I have really sore knees and ankles after riding a board that's a bit too big for me and having my bindings angled wrongly. Jon tried a box rail and promptly fell off it onto his shoulder so we've been nursing that.

So, we had a lazy morning then went into Ogden to return the Nidecker boards and try to demo new ones. We got to the Nidecker store too early for it opening (not like us at all!) so went to have lunch in 'the Historic 25th Street District' of Ogden, which is basically a bunch of galleries, bars and hair salons situated in 1930s buildings. Historic! Bless.

We ended up not getting more boards from Nidecker and so went on a search for more boards to demo, passing a shop called 'RC Willey' on the way, which made us snigger. And that is when we got collared. I will let Jon tell the rest of the story from here.....

So we got pulled over twice today. The first one told me off for turning right FROM a lane which I should not have turned from. The second one told me off for turning right INTO a lane which I should not have turned into. Both in the middle of 2-3 lane roads in downtown Ogden. They were both very polite when I turned on the English accent, the first guy explicitly saying that he wouldn't give me a citation 'cause I wasn't from round here. I thought you just got citations for bravery?

Hence, things I have learned today:

i) When they follow you with their lights on, it means they want you to pull over
ii) Respect the laning
iii) Really, are there not bigger problems in the world?

Anyway, they were both very nice and nobody got shot, which is the main thing.

Early night now as we are heading over to Solitude resort tomorrow & Snowbird on Saturday as guests of our new buddies Carey & Dan who have kindly offered us a place to stay around the Cottonwoods resorts. Thanks guys! Will report back on the differences between Pow Mow and the more well-known resorts anon, as well as on the new boards - Rossignol, for those that care.

Good night

A & J x

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