Sunday, March 1, 2015

Virginia Visit

Just got back from a great trip to Fredericksburg, VA to visit with my dad who is currently living there.
Within 30 minutes I was picked up and started driving into DC but instead of going directly into DC we made a stop by the Great Falls of the Patomic which is a pretty massive drop with lots of different channels to chose from.  Next time I come out If it's warm and I can grab a boat I would love to get out there and give this one a go. After that we drove through DC and after that we headed to Fredericksburg.
After a nice relaxing day we decided to head out to do some skiing at a resort called Massannutten. Within 20 minutes of arriving we were told that there had been a issue with the power station in town and that the resort had lost all power. We stuck around for a few hours hoping that the resort would get the power back but at 11am we gave up on the idea of skiing and decided that it was a good day to switch it up and check out Gettysburg.
I have read about Gettysburg for a long time so it was pretty cool to walk around where the battle took place and see how expansive the battle was and were the battlements were. I still don't understand why during the Civil wars (and many others) the tactic of choice was to march head on into the sights of your enemy and get mowed down 1 row at a time until there was no one left to fight. Weird tactics...
The following day we decided to head into DC to enjoy an enlightening visit to the Holocaust Museum followed by dinner with friends who have also moved from Garmisch to DC area. Good dinner and good conversation.
The next day we drove around Fredericksburg to see the various battlements. It was cool to see that the ditches the confederates dug to protect themselves was still visible alongside the road.

Overall an excellent trip and a great introduction to Civil War history...and it was nice to see my 3 favorite white boys, 2 dog and 1 human.

-Owen

Monday, February 9, 2015

It seems the end is near...

After working at Alpental yesterday I found out that my hours are going to be cut because none of the other resorts are open and as a result a lot of the workers from those resorts are heading to Alpental to pick up hours. I'm ready to move on now to pick up other work elsewhere so hopefully I will here back from some of the places I've applied for so I can save up a little bit of money for summer fun. Here are some pictures from Alpental...looking pretty bare over there.
-Owen

Kayaking is almost an option

Nice after work dip in the hot pool!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The past week

The last couple days have been packed full of work but in between the work I have been finding ways to enjoy myself.

I have been getting out on hikes around North Bend and bringing my camera out to get some cool shots so here are a few from those hikes up around Exit 38.
Moss on a branch 

Cool water on a rock

I even brought my camera up to the pass to take some shots of lift operations up there and here are two of those.
Top lift shack

Top lift shack with Jon working 

Nice fogged up window
So thats about it. Other than that I just experienced my worst day of work and possibly ever up on the mountain...it rained nonstop for the whole day. By the time it ended all I wanted to do was go home, eat some food, and drink a beer or two so thats what I'm doing now. 
-Owen 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Birthday Rainier Ski tour

Finally got out for a ski tour this year and it turned out to be a pretty fun day up on Rainier. We had perfect corn snow on this beautiful spring January day and got a few laps in on several different aspects. There was strong winds on some aspects but for the most part it was nothing but bliss.  On the way home we ran out of gas but it all worked out...GREAT BIRTHDAY!! Here are some pictures taken by one of the party members.

First skin up

Scott and I

Great turns

The Crew

Got that gas!!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Alpental Work

So work is finally kicking in up at Alpental which is pretty nice even though it's raining like crazy and the same 20 people keep lapping the runs but I'm happy to finally be getting some work in and hope it continues. The guys I'm working with are all pretty relaxed and it seems like Alpental gets treated a little different than the rest of the resorts at the pass which is good.  There are not as many supervisors coming by to check up on us and we are more or less able to go on ride breaks whenever time allows. I need to make a little lift operator gopro edit but I'm still getting use to the normal roles I will be doing at this job so it will come with time. As for now I'm just hoping the snow starts coming because to be honest, the base it already super shallow and rain will only hurt what we do have.
Nice view

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Seasonal Work...

I have realized in the last couple days just how hard it is hard to save up money on seasonal work especially in places like Washington state where seasons often blend together and become more of an extended fall than a full on winter season.
When I first got hired back in November at the pass, first as a lift operator and soon after as a ski instructor, I was pretty excited to get out skiing and hopefully make some new friends while I was at it. It is now January 6th and I would if I said that I was looking forward to skiing as anything more than a means to make money. On the web cam at Alpental it looks like there is a small stream carving it's way down the center of the beginner slope and there are bushes pushing their way through the snow as far as camera can focus.

It's only now that I've come to the conclusion that to make seasonal jobs work you need to get out of Washington after the summer rafting season and head to colder places like Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming where season are less of a melting pot and more of a definitive thing. All of my friends in Colorado are getting hit with more snow than they know what to do with and as far as I can see Utah is in the same predicament which leaves me thinking....what am I doing? Next year hopefully I can stay in Washington and keep on doing what I'm doing but with more of a permanent job, if not I will be heading to a colder place without a shadow of a doubt.

I guess it's not all bad though. I have been kayaking a lot and with all this rain the rivers have been flooding like never seen before. I'm pretty sure a buddy and I might have gotten on the Snoqualmie at the highest flow it has even been kayaked...we think it was around 27k but might have been higher because the gauge maxed out. We could hear boulders moving down stream under us and a few full grown trees past us by but all and all it was a pretty good run with one hole ride that woke me up. The middle fork road was washed out so we put on at the A-Frame rapid and it was all over in 20 exhilarating minutes...ROWDY!! It's on a run like this that my gopro decides not to work...WTF
Was BIG!!
Maxed out!
 -Owen





Monday, January 5, 2015

New Years!


 December 31st I found myself once again on the Skykomish river kayaking...which is the best way to spend time anytime of the year. A buddy decided to take his sister out for her second rafting adventure ever in these cold temps. Giving the rafter enough time to scout wasn't hard since I brought some of my Christmas present with me out on the river...pretty good beer! We did have a small hole ride going through boulder drop when the raft got stuck in a small hole and both guys swam but the sister hung in the raft and it all worked out nicely. 
Gearing up in Index

Scouting boulder drop with the rafters!

On New years day we got out for another lap and actually had a policeman tell us that we were "Fricking Nuts" as we kayaked by and he snapped some pictures of us. It looked like there were quite a few people out enjoying the river because there were three more groups on the bank snapping away with there cameras. Happy to be the highlight of someones day. These were both great runs with nothing new but still good times on the river

-Owen