Skiing in the UP!

Trip Start Nov 17, 2008
Trip End Feb 16, 2009

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Ginney has been saying for months that if I come over at Christmas I can go skiing with the Pauly clan in the "UP".  Having no idea what the "UP" was, I just said ok.  Turns out UP stands for Upper Peninsula, a part of the State of Michigan that borders Canada, which oddly isn't connected to the rest of the state.  It was about a 7 hour drive to get up to Silver City on Lake Superior, and it really is like the movie Fargo up here, just white as far as the eye can see and nothing really much else. 

I've only ever been skiing once before, about 3 years ago in New Zealand.  It was only for an afternoon, but I really enjoyed it, and I always thought I was just starting to get the hang of it by the end of that day and it was a shame when we had to stop.  As I soon found out my one afernoon of experience meant absolutely nothing.  The resort we were at didn't have a beginers slope, so it was either ski or fall over.  I fell over.  A lot.

My first run down the slope took me nearly 45 minutes with Ginney guiding me down (bless her!) and I must've fallen at least 20 times.  By the end of the run Bob had showed me how to stop (very important apparently) and how to turn so I didn't hit a tree at 30 mph (again, very important).  With my new found knowledge I was more confident the second time, and I made it down in 10 minutes while only going on my arse once.  Yes, I know, I'm amazing.  I'm training now to be in the 2010 Winter Olymics.

Unfortunately the one time I did fall I landed on my thumb. As the day went on it because more and more painful, and by the next day it had swollen up and I couldn't move it.  Ginney is a nurse and had a bad feeling it was broken, maybe a hairline fracture. I had no idea just how much I used my thumb until I couldn't.  It's no wonder it seperates us from the other apes.  Now that I couldn't use it of course made me slightly more useful than a chimpanzee.  Only slightly.
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