The Eagle Huntress. It was about a girl who wanted to learn to hunt with eagles. When she learned pretty good there was a festival and she won the first prize. They were seeing how fast their eagles could go.
I liked seeing them and I liked The Eagle Huntress.
[Editor's (Mom's) note: technically Alshupan (the heroine of the movie) is Kazakh and lives in western Mongolia, but we won't split hairs with the 8-year-old]
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
We hit upon the idea a few years ago while on an out-of-state ski vacation. The logic went like this: Utah is awesome. Utah has awesome snow. Utah is, you know, in our backyard. And there are a ton of awesome resorts in Utah and we never have time to visit them all - so why not just vacation in Utah?!?
So far, we've done staycations at PowMow, Brian Head and Eagle Point, and Park City. So this year we headed to Solitude and Brighton!
I think mountain life agrees with us. If anybody has a ski condo or home that they're bored with and want to give us, we are currently entertaining offers.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Jamie: As I was racing in the novice category, I was in the last group to start. That means that we started right behind the 70+ category (Nordic skiers age well!). Determined not to be outdone by 70-year-olds, I started strong and worked up a good sweat going up the initial hill only to see the little old ladies zipping by me on the downhill. It turns out that if you're racing on your 15-year-old backcountry cross country skis, you should really consider waxing them before the race.
Jamie: Yeah, so I ended up totally not being able to keep up with the 70-year-olds, but I did finish the race and with a smile on my face, so we'll consider that a victory. I echo Ben's frustration that the seemingly neverending series of loops toward and then away from the finish were a lot of mental anguish for this first-timer to take ("Home stretch" "Wait - why are the people in front of me turning away from the finish?" "Noooo it's another 1 k loop before I finish!") but I was glad for the experience. Next time I'll wax my skis, lose 20 pounds before the race, and totally win $5 off my 12-year-old kid.