Sunday, March 17, 2019

Worth waiting for - 3.17 #sol19 Story Challenge

Patience paid off Saturday, twice.

First, a recreational ski day began with constrained terrain while patrollers navigated steeper slopes -- loaded with snow from a recent storm -- to assess safety and, in some cases, to trigger purposeful avalanches with explosives. Word trickled our way by early afternoon that Kachina Peak was open for hikers, so we joined a line of ants, numbering in the hundreds, to follow the kick-steps along a lengthy ridge to the top of the mountain. The way up demanded 45 minutes; the way down, less than 10. As I've written about earlier this month, it was worth it.

The ski day done, that night found us at a recommended restaurant nearby. Crowded with diners, the small establishment already had an hour-long wait, but it was well-equipped for the scenario with outside space. We pulled a few vacant chairs into a circle of people around a fire pit. We stayed warm and made fast friends, three of whom we ended up dining with when our eventual tables proved adjacent. The New Mexican food, by the way, was delicious.

7 comments:

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  2. Sounds like a very fun day. I am envious, especially that you are skiing in Taos. I want to climb those mountains. I bet the air is so crisp and the view breathtaking. :) I have very close friends that live there. We met them in Spain. I should go and drop for a visit next winter. However, I don't know if this line of yours appeals to me. Too realistic hehehe "we joined a line of ants, numbering in the hundreds..."

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  3. I love reading slices about passions that I don't share. Skiing... So glad it was a great day for you... too cold for me ;)

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  4. I love meeting new people in line at restaurants and other venues. Love how this post celebrates the wait. You have me rethinking edit times.

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  5. It is so rare that we celebrate waiting for good things. Thanks for this well-crafted reminder that some things really are worth waiting for.

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  6. But wait... weighty subject when it's about waiting for waiter availability! All good things come to those who wait!
    !gnitirw tnaillirB

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  7. Sometimes the journey or in this case, the wait is the high point.

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