Thursday, January 8, 2009


For Christmas, I surprised Tadj with a weekend getaway to Boyne Mountain to celebrate our Anniversary. We had a heck of a time getting there. Since Tadj's car was out of commission since the attempted larceny, we had his rental car to take on the trip. Once we were pretty close to Grayling, the right rear tire blew out on us. Tadj changed it, but we had to take it to a tire shop to get a new tire. Once we got back into the car, our oil light came on. Luckily, across the street from the tire repair shop was the Enterprise rental place. The lady did a little research and found that the car we were driving hadn't had an oil change in 9,000 miles!! We were pretty mad and so we made a switch with one of her cars. As we were moving all of our luggage and skis over to the new car, Tadj realized that we only had 3 ski poles! We must have lost one while changing the tire on I-75. By this time, it was snowing pretty badly.... good for skiing, bad for driving. We slowly made our way into town and found a little ski shop and bought new poles and were headed on to Boyne. We made it by around 7pm, had dinner and just relaxed.

Saturday morning, we woke up to fresh powder on the hill. As much as I wanted to sleep in, Tadj insisted that we get a jump on the great snow so we ran to the breakfast buffet right away (which was a good thing because as we were leaving, the line was HUGE). The snow was great and we skied all morning. I learned that a 12 hour ski pass is a waste on me, because I tire out pretty quickly, but Tadj skied all day. I enjoyed a lot of reading and relaxing in our room in the late afternoon. We went and had a nice dinner and relaxed in the outdoor hottub... nice while you're in it, but AWFUL getting to and from it.

Sunday morning, we woke up to a sheet of ice on the hill and could barely walk over to breakfast. YIKES!! We counted other lodgers slipping and falling all over the place. Thankfully, the groomers were hard at work during breakfast and we still had a great day skiing.

We saw a trail on the map named "Hemingway" and just HAD to ski over to it. It took a while to find and was surrounded by all green runs, but we thought it was cool anyway.
This was the lodge we stayed in. We were literally right on the hill... notice the chair lift. Tadj thought it was cool, so he took a lot of pictures of it....

See... another hotel picture.

...and another. Our room was right up that stairwell. Tadj took this picture while we were on the chairlift.


The Prices said...

Looks like you had a great time...minus the getting there part.

Robyn said...

What a trip! It would have more appeal to me if I was a skier, but there is nothing better to me than a hottub in the winter. Simply perfect-until you get out of course. And at least there was a good ending to your miserable drive up.

The Amayesings said...

I'm so sorry about the rotten luck w/theft and the bad drive up and such, but at least you got some good skiing in and had a good time over all. I bet Tadj loved the gift. When you coming out west? Let us know, we'd LOVE to meet up w/you! We just got back from Targhee--powder and fun. Love it.

Miller Family said...

I am so glad that you had such a great time! It was great to get away huh? I love all of the pics!!!

Jen B. said...

Looks wonderful -- you need to come visit us and ski -- our treat!