Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Year of the Winterless Winter

A lot has happened since my last post. Eaglecrest has been closed for a couple weeks :( The snow has melted almost completely away, other than some coverage at the very top of the mountain. Definitely the worst winter Juneau has seen in years. I have faith that it will get better, even if it's just a month of riding in March, the snow WILL return!

I started two new jobs to fill in the time until *hopefully* Eaglecrest opens again. I have been substitute teaching the past two days, which has been really fun. It's such a new experience and I love it. So far I've only worked with special needs kids and they have been the sweetest, nicest kids ever. I like subbing because you can pick your own schedule, and work when you want, given there are actually sub jobs available that day. There are a ton of schools in Juneau and it seems that sub jobs are always available somewhere.

I also got hired as a direct service provider at REACH Inc. I start my training for that job on Monday. I think it will be a very rewarding job since I get to work with kids who have disabilities. Everybody deserves to get the most out of life, and I hope I can make a difference!

So back to the snow... which is nonexistent. It did snow a few inches a couple days ago, and some friends and I went sledding which was SUPER fun. Sledding with a trash bag and a yoga mat is surprisingly AWESOME! It's been an interesting winter for sure. The lack of snow and work at the mtn has given me more chances to get out and explore Juneau in the winter, which is nice. Normally, it's dark by the time I'm off work and on my two off days I just wanna relax. It's nice to get out and hike around a bit more.

We also did a January Plunge round 2 off the St. Peter at the BIMA. It was cold. It was really f'n cold. But it was FUN! There was snow everywhere which made it even more interesting. Before when we just waded out and ducked our head under, it took my breath away for a second, but this time... oh man, this time was way worse. I guess jumping off a boat and going 10 ft under is a bit more of a shock than just dipping your head under. We all came up like maniacs. I swear I think I was trying to paddle to the surface before I even hit the water! Haha. Kinda like how you can hold a dog over water and they immediately start paddling their paws. Too funny.

Here are a few photos from recently...

January Plunge round 2 off the St. Peter!

Ice skating with these awesome peeps!
Winter being her lazy Winter self.  

Bonfires at Sandy Beach never disappoint.
Crashing waves and sunshine on the backside of Douglas.
Tryin' to be a mermaid.
Dan Moller cabin adventure with the party light!                     
Dan Moller trail

Dan Moller trail
One of the few days we could ride from the top, but only the east side.
The west side was a thick sheet of rime that made turning damn near impossible.
Splitboard adventure to find some freshies!

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