For my dad's birthday this year, I semi-impulsively decided to book our entire family tickets to The Color Factory in San Francisco. I had been wanting to check it out for a while, but tickets had been hard to get online. So when they were back on sale on a first come first serve basis, I instantly bought one for each person in my family. Luckily, everyone was willing to take the day off on the Friday I booked, which just happened to be Chinese New Year and the day before my dad's birthday. I'll admit, I wasn't sure how much my parents were going to enjoy this pop-up museum frequented by today's millennials, but they ended up having a blast! The exhibit with the ribbons was my family's favorite. We spent a while there taking photos and boomerangs of each other walking in and out from among the colorful ribbons.
After my Tests & Measurements class, which ended on a Saturday at noon, Clay picked me up from school and drove us to Alum Rock Park in San Jose. It was a perfect day for a picnic outside. While I was in class, Clay had made some delicious chicken pesto sandwiches (with lots of avocado) on some Dutch Crunch bread, as well as some tasty potato salad. He had also packed salami, brie, crackers, and our favorite grapefruit Italian soda. Yum yum! After our lunch, we rested on our picnic blanket together and then took a nice, long relaxing walk through park. It was so green everywhere and we loved it so much!
During the first weekend of February, Clay and I went on our first out-of-state ski trip to Denver, Colorado with some of our friends from college. The seven of us stayed at an Airbnb in Silverthorne (where snowboarder Red Gerard lives!) and had planned to spend two days skiing and snowboarding that weekend. The first day, we went to Breckenridge Ski Resort, where I had decided to sign up for an adult beginner ski lesson (finally). This lesson was long overdue since I had switched from snowboarding to skiing last winter and gone on three different ski trips where I had unsuccessfully learned how to ski. Breckenridge ended up being the perfect ski resort for a newbie like me. It was very beginner-friendly with runs that were long, wide, and not too steep. At the beginning of the day, I did a test run and was placed in a Level 2 group class. I had a great instructor named Lee who helped me master all the Level 2 and several Level 3 skills by the end of the day. The lesson went from 8:30am to 3:00pm. Despite it being an all-day lesson, I was still able to spend time with Clay and the rest of our group during lunch (hooray for our walkie talkies!). I was also able to join them for the last two runs of the day after my class ended. The second day, we went to Vail Ski Resort, where I decided not to sign up for another lesson. Unfortunately, the green runs at the top of the mountain were still too steep and intimidating for me. Since they made me revert back to pizza-ing instead of doing my newly learned parallel turns, Clay and I moved to easier runs at the bottom of the mountain so that I could practice parallel-skiing for the rest of the day.
Even though I was super anxious leading up to this trip, it ended up being a good weekend. I was able to learn some basic techniques and build up my confidence as a novice skier. Of course, it was a lot of fun to go with our group of friends and hang out with them at the end of each day. On our last day, we all got brunch in Denver at Four Friends Kitchen and spent an afternoon at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science until we had to check-in to our evening flight. After we returned home, Clay and I really enjoyed watching the 2018 Winter Olympics together. The U.S. teams rocked the snowboarding competitions this year! It was so much fun to watch Chloe Kim, Red Gerard, & Shaun White each win their Olympic gold medals.
Anyway, above are some pictures from our day at Vail. And below is a GoPro video that Clay made from both of our days at Breckenridge and Vail.
Just capturing as I go.