Snowboarding #1

Our first snowboarding adventure… Fun and Frustrating, all at once!

I first saw snowboarding about 20 years ago. I was skiing, I think it was at Little Switzerland, and saw a few guys with these crazy boards instead of skis. Not that I was a stranger to boards, as I had been riding one with wheels on it for many years prior to that, but the only snowboarding I had ever attempted was going down our sledding hill with my old Madrid longboard, sans trucks… It didn’t work very well.

Time to remedy that!

Maybe it was the Olympics, or snowboard cross, or, I dunno, but the time was right. We headed out to the hill. Er, slope.

That’s right, the little slope + rented equipment + not knowing what we were doing = fun + pain. Or something like that. It was a blast. It was also frustrating. The two words that best describe trying to snowboard are fun and frustrating. Is frunstrating a word?

The next day we were in a lot of pain. Not really due to wipe outs (of which there were many) but more from just using all those muscles you don’t use too much while sitting at a desk. It’s two days later and I’m still sore. The sad part is that depending on the conditions and schedules, we may not get to go again until November. Bummer…

(Of course my goal is to someday be as good as this old guy.)

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