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Stugie
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Fargo, ND Christmas Tour - 12.25.08
« on: 12/25/08, 05:09 PM »

Yep, you read it correctly.

Fargo, ND.  If you heard me say "boat", you'd know it to be true.  When visiting home, there are two things that I grew up doing that help me pass the down time when I'm not feeling conversational - XC Skiing and ice skating (or hockey if possible! Wink

When the highest possible point gives you a 30' vertical drop at max, not only does it make touring easy, but it also can inspire one to learn new things.  Or at least try.  I was determined to at least get the concept of telemarking down.  Better yet, I had some old three-pins to learn it on.  When I told the fam I was going out for a tour, my dad exclaimed, "I used to climb the buttes in South Dakota and do that too!"  Seriously?  I was in awe for two reasons - 1) Of all the times I talk about skiing and such, this is the first time my dad bothered to mention that he used to telemark.  2) It then dawned on me that I would be using his xc/tele gear...circa 1976.

Gear circa '76

I put on the old boots and started off.  After working a series of roads to take me from my house to the Red River, I worked my way on top of the dike to try dropping some tele turns.  My first turn resulted in a puff of powder and the realization (or maybe more so for my dad), that some newer boots would be needed.

Crappy boots

After I called and was brought a different (although painfully smaller) pair of boots, I decided to begin the real tour, and start following the Red River from south Moorhead, MN into west Fargo, ND.  The weather was perfect - sunny with hardly a cloud, 12*F, and an E wind sometimes managing 5 mph.  The new snow was so light that 20" was the equivalent to 1" of rain.  I quickly made my way along the river until I arrived at the "The Dike West".

The Dike West

"The Dike West" was THE sledding hill for Fargo/Moorhead area.  However, the other side was untracked powder, perfect for someone like me with ulterior motives.  Surprisingly, I noticed a significant windslab (about 1' deep) and I knocked a number of blocks loose to watch them slide or tumble down the side of the dike.  Avalanche in Fargo.  Time to get some turns in...

Attempting the Tele thing...

It wasn't pretty.  Although I'll admit I had a few good turns and started getting the concept, I had trouble balancing on the skinny skis and my sweater turned white more than once.  However, it was good to be out in the snow and my mom thought so too...

Playing in the snow

To finish the tour, we had some excellent grub, courtesy of my parents good cooking.  I'll leave you all with a few more pics and the words from that famous Christmas poem, "A Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"

More turns

The groomers

Going from MN to ND

Red River

Again, trying to tele turn...
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Re: Fargo, ND Christmas Tour - 12.25.08
« Reply #1 on: 12/25/08, 05:15 PM »

Your pictures put new meaning to the phrase
A picture is worth a thousand words
(but in this case 207 words)  Wink
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Re: Fargo, ND Christmas Tour - 12.25.08
« Reply #2 on: 12/25/08, 05:18 PM »

Yeah, you're quicker than I am.  Still trying to fix the problem.  Sorry about that...I'm doing the same thing I normally do...don't know why it's doing that...
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Re: Fargo, ND Christmas Tour - 12.25.08
« Reply #3 on: 12/26/08, 05:47 PM »

fix it!  i want pictures!!!
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Re: Fargo, ND Christmas Tour - 12.25.08
« Reply #4 on: 12/26/08, 06:09 PM »

We're waiting! . . .  Not too impatiently either.  Wink
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Livin' high on the cold smoke!
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Re: Fargo, ND Christmas Tour - 12.25.08
« Reply #5 on: 12/26/08, 09:29 PM »

lol...my mom's computer is running a program that blocks me from uploading url's.  I fly back tomorrow, so I'll try to post them up then!  LOL Smiley
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Re: Fargo, ND Christmas Tour - 12.25.08
« Reply #6 on: 12/26/08, 10:36 PM »

You fail at midwestern internet...

But I can't wait to see the pictures Smiley
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Re: Fargo, ND Christmas Tour - 12.25.08
« Reply #7 on: 12/28/08, 06:49 PM »

What happened here Scott!! Did you go skiing or something and leave us hanging for pictures? You've let me down. Cry Sure hope whatever it is your doing instead inspires good TR reading material!  Wink
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Re: Fargo, ND Christmas Tour - 12.25.08
« Reply #8 on: 12/29/08, 11:05 AM »

Marcus, you are absolutely right.  Apparently I'm really bad at Pacific Coast internet too - this is so frustrating!  I promise I will get those photos up if it's the last thing I do...er, today sometime.

As for using my time for another TR Holly - I got in late on the night/morning of the 27th/28th.  So I used yesterday as a recoup day from all that flat land and went and ripped Crystal.  Grin  No tr.  But I'm not only determined to get these darned pics up, I am determined to learn tele as well!
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Re: Fargo, ND Christmas Tour - 12.25.08
« Reply #9 on: 12/30/08, 11:46 AM »

FINALLY!!!  At least, the pics are linked...

I'm really confused as to why it didn't work this time...and a little miffed.  Angry

Oh well, if you're still interested in 5 day old pics...
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