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My goodness its quiet around here... I've been gone for a long time moving to Oregon. Hi you guys Bill, Ed, Dave, Hikergirl, et all...
I went cross country skiing today. I drove ten miles up the road to Meissner Snowpark and headed in for a quick ski. Since I live at four thousand feet in Bend I can go up to the Winter and not feel the altitude anymore. In fact I can drive 20 miles and be at Mt Bachelor ski area and take a lift to the peak and not feel the altitude there. Whats so great about this is that I was one of those people who lived at sealevel and I would start getting altitude sick around 6,000 feet, so the first night in the Sierras I was always panting - my body has adapted. I do a lot of hard work up here and I've lost a lot of weight, but it took about 4 months to stop panting while working hard here.
Its so easy to ski here, you just drive 15 minutes and jump out with your ski clothes and boots on, grab you skis and poles (and ten essentials including water) and go. I didn't stop at the board - I didn't read the signs. I picked a trail, went a couple miles and then up hill cross country and hit a trail going back towards the hut, followed it till I hit a junction with a trail sign and took the left trail home. SO how do you feel about trail signs in the wilderness? I think I'd rather be lost than see them but since they're there I guess I read em. (:->) I take my dog four wheel driving in the Deschutes national forest at 5,000 feet and its 3 miles up the road.
But then I don't really like it here in Bend.