And speaking of ski areas (how’s that for a smooth transition?) I have a new project this month. I decided to join NaBloPoMo and take their March challenge. This requires putting a list on my blog every day for the month of March. Maine is so full of things to do, places to go, and people to see, that it would take a year to list it all.
But I'm only doing it for a month.
Since the snow is swirling outside, it seems that an appropriate list for today would be the Alpine Ski Areas of Maine. And then I have just a few comments of my own about skiing here in Maine. Well, about skiing TODAY, anyway.
Here's the list:
1. Big Squaw Mountain Resort
2. Big Rock Ski Area
3. Black Mountain of Maine
4. Camden Snow Bowl
5. Eaton Mountain
6. Lonesome Pine Trails
7. Lost Valley
8. Mount Abram
9. Mount Jefferson
10. New Hermon Mountain
11. Quoggy Jo Ski Center
12. Saddleback Mountain
13. Shawnee Peak
14. Spruce Mountain
15. Sugarloaf USA
16. Sunday River Ski Resort
17. Titcomb Mountain Ski Area
Ok here's the thing. Skiing is quite on my mind today. My dear daughter went on a church ski trip this morning. Last night when I heard that they were pretty much closing the entire state of Maine, due to the impending storm, I called the youth group leader and expected to hear that the trip was going to be postponed. Well, not only was it still on, but the youth leader then proceeded to tell me how everyone would be safe on the slopes because he was making them all wear helmets.
Helmets? Look, I grew up skiing in Colorado and never wore a helmet - but that's not the issue here. My issue was with the roads GETTING to the ski area. Would my daughter be wearing a helmet IN THE VAN?
Don't get me wrong, I've lived in many areas of the country and Maine is by far superior in keeping the roads clear and safe during our many snow storms each year. But still... why risk it?
Well, we did risk it. We let her go. They left at 6:00 this morning.
And wouldn't you know, as I was writing that sentence, I got a phone call from the helmeted youth leader to let me know that the van arrived at the ski area safe and sound. How's that for being a pushy and meddlesome mom? It does seem to keep me in the loop, and that's never a bag thing.
I just hope the snow lets up a bit before their drive back home tonight. But I'm sure it will be fine... as long as my daughter is wearing her helmet.
So there you are - my list for March 1. Only 30 more lists to go. If you want to join me in this insanity, go join NaBloPoMo yourself. Or if you have lists of your own you'd like to share here, just let me know.
Have a good, snowy day, friends.
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