Gettin' Wiggy with It

Trip Start Oct 26, 2006
Trip End Aug 2007

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Last week we had our good friend, Magan Wiggs (or "Wiggy"), visit us from Seattle. Even before she arrived we were eagerly anticipating the liveliness that she would bring to our apartment, not to mention our La Grave social lives. After a ski trip to Solden, Austria, she took the train from there to Grenoble, then the bus up to La Grave. We introduced her to the skiing at La Grave, a couple of ski tours, our local cheese farmer, and lots of friends. She in turn met even more people on her own via her bubbly and contagious personality, returning in the evening to let us know where we would be having dinner and with whom in the next days.  We felt our La Grave social status rising as we received record number of text messages on our phone.
On her first full day here we took her up on the téléphérique.  On our way to the top we happened to ride in a cabin with Bob from Telluride.  This was Bob's first time in La Grave.  He had come over with his friend Liz.  Liz had spent several seasons in La Grave earlier in her life, and unfortunately she has since been stricken with Lou Gehrig's disease.  She organized a reunion with all her old skiing buddies while she was still able to travel.  From what we heard the dinner parties while she was here were large and quite rowdy.  People came from all over the world to visit her - a testament to the type of person she is.  Bob was skiing alone so we told him to join us.  Our day together was a ton of fun.  Besides having some quality skiing, we also kept ourselves entertained shooting the shit in the cabin rides and the occasional John Denver sing along.  Oh yeah, the next time you see Wiggy, be sure to give her props for ripping it up in the Banane Couloir. 
Wiggy had a great opportunity to go out on the mountain with Colin on a day that he was photographing the world's most renowned "speed flyer" for an article he has been writing and will be published in the New York Times, hopefully coming out this Saturday (keep your eyes peeled for the article online or in hardcopy!). She assisted him with setting up for photos as François (speed flyer) leaped off the top of high mountain peaks with his small chute and skis, to then swoop downward, continuing in motion as he touched down briefly to ski a patch of snow on a different peak, then back into the air again to repeat the same.
On a different day, when Seth was off skiing/climbing some crazy peak with Mattieu, I took Magan to the Col du Lautaret for a tour to the Col de Laurichard. We were blessed with blue skies and warm temps.  For her last day, she and I drove down for a day of shopping in Grenoble, before she took the train the next morning to Amsterdam for her flight back home. She is now off to Alaska for six months of work in Fairbanks working for a family that races and breeds sled dogs. We miss her already, as does one other  British La Grave local, who we will leave unnamed!
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