Here's a story in today's paper about our local paper mill. I hope you can access the link that's connected to this sentence. Uncle Ben works at the mill and so did my dad.
"The Foreigns" competed in their final ski race of the season. As first-time ski racers--and in Soenke's case pretty much a first-time skier-- they had the great good fortune to train along side kids who have raced for many years. They learned a lot from their teammates and from their coaches. They also discovered a bit more about our community and how we support the kids form th eplaying fields to the courts to the killsides. William and Soenke will keep training with the team as the Falcons work toward another state championship in a couple of weeks. For now, thanks to Kelly J Beauchesne for her skillful photos and to the skiing community for giving these kids the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ski for the Mountain Valley Falcons.
After tonight's ski meet (both boys did really well), we had pizza and an ice cream cake. Connie and Ben came over and we shared some laughs, beer, and wine... plus BIG wedges of cake. A good birthday, all in all.
The big One Six... 16! Happy Birthday to our favorite German. Although he's been suffering from a cold this week, Soenke rallied for our birthday morning celebration. You'll notice that I captured the first picture of the young man as a 16 year old. This one is for mom and dad. Tonight, after a ski race, we'll have an ice cream cake to celebrate the day.
Right next to the ski area is a short climb that has a terrific view at the top. Red Hill is an old bypass route that goes from one side of town to the other. The views include the White Mountains in New Hampshire and Mt. Blue in Weld. On this hike, bailey and I ran into a couple of deer. The ski area you'll see is Sunday River Ski Resort. The grand mountain beyond Sunday River is Mount Washington. My great great grandfather started a newspaper on the top of the mountain in the 1860's. His son took over the business and his son wrote the history of the mountain. In the 1960s and 1970s, the four Kent boys worked on the mountain railway and in the shops at the bottom.
Soenke's mom Brigitte sent a long some beautiful, snow-filled pictures from Germany. Sounds like they're living with the cold weather just like us. Thanks for sharing, Brigitte!
This will give you a glimpse of the road to our ski area from the breakfast table to the parking lot of Black Mountain Ski Resort.