I was very excited to drive up to Vermont the morning of Friday October 28 to complete my 20-year October ski streak.
But just as I was getting ready the night before on Thursday October 27, the cold rain turned to snow, and I completed my 20-year October ski streak in my yard, in Massachusetts!
The skiing the next day at Pico was still pretty nice, about 9" of fresh powder. Here's some video I shot of another skier:
As is typical of New England October skiing, I didn't expect to ski again for another couple weeks or so...
Saturday morning we drove to the Boston area so that Micayla could have lunch with her Great Aunt Barbara.
(The nice BCA pack to the right is the diaper kit!)
"Where's my Great Aunt Barbara?"
"When will my Great Aunt Barbara arrive?"
"Is that my Great Aunt Barbara?"
"There she is!"
Hanging out together.
"How come the menu has all this great food but all I get is shredded turkey?"
"This is more like it!"
Chug a lug lug!
Stalking technique, complete with bottle.
Coloring supplies, great!
Desire to play on floor, not so great...
Next we visited Mommy's cousin in law school. His apartment has a temporarily vacant room, which is not especially clean. Fortunately Micayla went right to work.
Have to grab the very top of the broom handle.
Making excellent progress.
Camera shutter speed is too slow to capture that fast-moving broom.
Concentrating very carefully.
We would have liked visit longer, but we had to drive back to Amherst to beat the storm. First though, a quick stop at REI to pick up some winter boots for Micayla.
Trench-like skin track Sunday afternoon at Berkshire East.
By then the snow had settled to about 20", so probably at least two feet originally fell.
The state maximum was 30.8 inches.
Part way down my first run at Berkshire East on Sunday, showing my snow-covered pants from the knees up. (From the knees down I'm buried in the snow!)
On the second run, I got a true face shot. In Massachusetts. In October.
The blue is my snow-covered shirt.
Here's the first run as captured by "Angry Swede" (http://angryswede.wordpress.com/) with his brother skinning up on the right.
Who needs a fancy fridge when you have lots of snow outside?
Temporary cooking quarters were established on the garage floor.
This was kind of fun at first, but after three days without power, and probably another three days to go, getting kind of old...
Monday afternoon I really wanted to ski this glade, but the sign indicated it was closed. Oh well. (Wait, but if the entire ski areas is closed, then...)
Tuesday morning the skiing was still pretty good, but it was November 1, so no big deal. Wednesday morning the skiing should still be pretty good.