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Well said. I feel like a schmuck because I do not think I mentioned my wife and kids but apres ski with them is awesome. We love to talk about the day even after we leave the resort. Sharing our day and looking back at pictures is fun too.My mindset completely changes in the winter. It's all about planning the next weekend, where the snow's gonna be good, weighing a dozen factors and shooting for the best season.
I enjoy waking up earlier than I would otherwise. I love taking the Legacy GT up to the mountains, as I loved driving whatever Subarus I had before that. Filling up the tank and getting a cup of coffee in the dark. Driving the mountain roads at sunrise and catching that early light. Settling in for the long ride, driving with the mindset of a skier, hugging turns, making up lost time and taking advantage of every clear passing zone.
I enjoy taking my wife on our frequent winter time mini-vacations. A night or two in a random hotel sourced on Expedia, evenings out sharing in the experience of sore muscles but having further bonded over a shared experience and a shared purpose. I enjoy taking the lead role in these adventures, but appreciate the fact that my wife has become a quick study. And so much more is simply better breaking the monotony of life at home.
The cold air is invigorating. The exercise is rejuvenating. The food is sustaining and the beer is still beer.
When the snow starts to melt I learn a new appreciation for what's good but also must pass away. Dirt and rocks, slush and other imperfections are overlooked as I'm simply grateful to still be able to do such a thing.
Then the planning begins, and I make the best of spring, summer and fall. Maybe I'll give hiking another go this time around. Maybe I'll pick up the fishing rod this year. Get to the shooting range a bit more. But when I fall asleep that night, if I'm lucky, I'll be skiing.
♦ I like the people that ski better than a cross section of average america. Maybe because they are there to have fun?