Ponytail, Donkey Serenade and Crazy Horse

Trip Start Jul 14, 2009
Trip End Feb 18, 2010

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Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Sunday, January 10, 2010

We picked up a hire car from Toronto Union Station and had to navigate our way out of the city to a place called Horseshoe Valley, which is approximately 1.5 hours north of the city.  I must say I did navigate particularly well, and the whole journey was undertaken without incident (no wrong turns, missed turn-offs or anything else like that!)

Nevertheless, we did stop on the way at Walmart and bought a Tom Tom GPS sat nav.  We figured we could use one when we do the west coast of USA so thought, why not buy it now? 

We were quite lucky we arrived on a Sunday because there were special deals going on, and the price of the hotel room included breakfast, dinner, internet, ski passes, free gym classes, entry to the spa, sauna and swimming pool, and as it turned out, free equipment hire for Mark.  BARGAIN!  I love a good deal :-).  The resort is so homely, the girl at reception was so lovely and helpful so we knew we were in for a pleasant stay.  The resort has a gorgeous entrance with big leather chairs to sink into in front of the fire.  So comfy!

Mark was so eager to get out onto the slopes that he dumped his luggage, wrapped himself up and proceeded to ski for the next 3 hours, way past dark (the slopes are floodlit until 9pm).

That evening we enjoyed a meal at the casual dining place "The Crazy Horse".  Not so crazy really, just your typical Canadian pub. Mark was quite happy that they served beer that actually tasted okay, not "floral" as per previous beer experiences.

The next day we had a buffet breakfast and hit the slopes!  Well, the baby ones anyway.  I have only had one lesson so am still finding my feet a bit.  Mark is a good teacher though, especially as he can ski backwards down the hill and give instructions out to me.  He thinks he is pretty good actually.  Loves himself sick.  hehehe  Nah, but it is good to have my own personal tutor who is patient with me and gives other people schtick for not controlling their descent and crashing into me (especially snowboarders, Mark hates 'em!).  I think I have gotten quite a bit better since I first started not that long ago, I'm pretty proud of myself actually!  I only fell over a few times, once getting off the chairlift and once getting in line to get on the chairlift.  Embarrassing much!?  Mark also has a few injuries also, mainly sustained by me thwacking him in the legs (sometimes upper crotch region) with my poles whilst attempting to get off the chairlift.  How do I just tell him to get the hell out of my way?!?!  I say it with poles. 

We met a lovely lady at the restaurant "Silks" that we had dinner at a couple of times.  She was our waitress called Mary Lynn.  She was just such a pleasure to talk to, we actually didn't mind tipping at all.  (that is a big thing for us!).  She was genuinely friendly, not fishing for a tip, which is how we usually feel.  Oh, and I had the strawberry cheesecake for dessert two nights in a row - it was SUBLIME!  Mark's dessert of choice was the triple chocolate brownie with vanilla icecream.  He said it wasn't chocolatey enough.  I think he may have been trying to say it was very chocolatey...

Anyway, we head off tomorrow to Dallas, Texas!  Stay tuned for the next installment...
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