Frick and Frack...or....Yin and Yang.....or....Heckel and Jeckel......their names are actually Jack and Lily--brother and sister. One of our big (and hairy) responsibilities while house-sitting here in Taos, NM. They are two of the most lovable cats I've ever met....
there's never enough lap-time for their liking.....and Lily will often take the shoulders when there is no lap. Black clothing becomes hairy-white....and white clothing becomes hairy-black. Ya gotta love 'em....it's not a choice.
|Frodo and Pippin--looking for the ring?|
We celebrated our first family Xmas together in 2 years with Krista in from Vermont.
It snowed....and snowed....and then some more.
|Orcs? or dwarves?|
And we loved it. Afterall, this was home for 25 years. It made for lots of shoveling....but really awesome skiing. And since we work up at the Taos Ski Valley---it's called job security. It's the first time we had crossed over from the recreational skiing to actually working on the mountain. We are part of the crew of 40 in the Guest Services department ----the friendly greeters, ticket checkers and tour guides on the mountain. We carry radios, so we can communicate around the mountain and/or call for ski patrol-medical assistance as well. It's actually a lot more skiing than we had originally thought. We hit the floor running at 5:30am to commute 1/2 hour up the mountain and don't stop until we get back home around 6pm..... dragging our butts....wiping out our footprints.
Thank god for the star-lit hot tub here 😅
Ya gotta understand---we haven't worked for 2.5 years--and now we're standing on our feet (or skiing) for 9 hours a day (4 days/week) in the snow and cold temps....for $10/hour....yep, it's good to be humble. (I can hear the groans coming off the Snook Bar at the marina...yeah, have another sunset beer for me Ron and Brian---miss you salty guys)
|1/30 of Taos Ski Valley|
|Malia hunting for dud bomb ~~~ 😟|
We also get to work around Malia, our oldest daughter--28 yrs. She is in her 3rd year on the ski patrol---one of 3 women out of 40 patrol. She loves her job----with avalanche bombing her personal fav.
On our mountain radios, we can hear patrol say, "Fire in the hole!" followed by a huge kaboom!! One guest skier said to me...."sounds like the boys are having fun" and I proudly say, "yep, that was my daughter."
|Avalanche rescue dogs, Hattie and June ready for duty|
|Injury rescue out of big steep bump terrain--Malia on left|
|Leslie has tele-ski-luv :) Free-heeling fun!!|
Three years ago the Taos Ski Valley was bought by an environmentally minded billionaire (who also owns several islands in the Bahamas that we visited last winter on Fiesta), and he immediately added a new lift up to a previously 'hike-to' only terrain called Kachina Peak. It has added a lot more lift-service terrain to our backyard playground---and we love it.
|New Kachina Peak chairlift|
|Riding up to heaven...up to 12,481ft|
(thanks to Alain at Cold Smoke Photography for this action photo of me)
|Tim capturing Roswell-UFO cloud on video|
"Dwight! It's Tim Reeves!!!"
Holy guacamole. These two had not seen or talked for over 40 years...since they travelled together as young men in South America in the '70's. Dwight is where Tim had originally learned about the skiing in Taos, NM.
Long lost traveling friends reunited.
(note Tim's hat---hand-painted by Malia---they're popular, so she's back-logged on orders)
|Long lost friend found us again---JT!!|
|Loco relatives (nephews) to prove our own insanity....|
|Tim's trademark---who needs ski poles?|
We have had so much snow, that our season has been extended an extra week---closing date set at April 9th----one more week on the clock and then it's into our next phase.....which is ??? We still don't know. We're tired of worrying about it, so we will just take it as it comes. Ya know.....it just always seems to work out for us anyway.
After all, who needs ski poles?
|Little guys are baaaaack!!!|
And remember.....we're all here....cause.....
we're not all there. Cheers!!
|Paid to smile----and ski :)|
|Laundry day.....is this the north pole?|