Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Going up - 3.27 #sol18 Story Challenge

8:04 a.m. - elevation 1,570 feet - At the bus stop in town, it's pouring rain. I'm wondering, skis in hand, "How this going to go?"

8:30 a.m. - elevation 1,680 feet - Shuffling through the gondola's crowded lift line, I notice a few tentative flakes falling amid what might otherwise be drizzle.

8:37 a.m. - elevation 2,440 feet - New gondola car now, having switched at a mid-station transfer. I can hear pecks against the windows from some manner of icy precipitation. Another passenger quips, "I wonder if we'll be able to get out. Car might be frozen shut."

8:46 a.m. - elevation 5,319 feet - The gondola doors do in fact open, and I step out into dumping snow. I drop my skis with two soft whumpfs, fasten my bindings, and head for the next lift that heads even higher up the mountain.

3 comments:

  1. I feel your ascent anticipatory but yet calm.

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  2. How high up did you go?

    Living in Portland, Oregon, I often hear people often say "There'll be good skiing on the mountain today" on days when we have torrential downpours in town.

    Good thing you persevered to find it.

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  3. But...I need to know more! How high did you go? What was it like coming down through the different kinds of precipitation? What happened!?

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