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May 9, 2010: Alpental (closed): in memory
« on: 05/09/10, 11:05 PM »

I've been wanting to return to Mt. St. Helens for the Mother's Day ski for the last two years in memory of my mom. Given a friend's wedding Saturday night, again, Helens was not an option for this year. But I packed my dress and memories of my mother regardless.

I met up with Chris Cass for a lunch patrol, so to speak. Just a mid day jaunt up to Alpental. We we returned to the car I cranked the music in the late day sun; Bruce Springsteen's "I'm going down" was playing on my tape (yes, I still have a tape player!). I instantly started replacing the lyrics with "we're skiing down, down, down, down".

While Chris and I have often jotted down a TR on the car ride home, we've never parodied a song before. My mother was a real talent for writing parody songs. Chris's mom was a creative and clever singer too. Apparently, we must have been channeling our mothers. In their memories, I sing you our trip report.

We're skiing down

(sung to Bruce Springsteen's I'm going down)
Listen here

I sit in the car outside of Albertsons
Waiting for Chris Cass to come ‘round
I go to put his skis in the rack
He gives me a look like I’m way outta bounds.

Well, I took one look at those boards size
And took at look at his tele thighs,
What!? He’s tele-ing down, down, down, down
He’ll tele down, down, down, down
He'll tele down, down, down, down
He'll tele down, down, down, down


We get geared up, heel lifts out, baby, sunblock’s right
We skin up, sun’s burning, burning, burning in the mid-day light.
We’re sick and psyched the corn’s setting up
Setting up just to ski-it, ski-it, ski-it on down
Down, down, down.
We’re skiing down, down, down, down
We’re skiing down, down, down, down
We’re skiing down, down, down, down

(bridge)

I pull knees close, now baby
Genuflecting, I can feel no doubt
I remember back when we’re carving
Those tele turns you inside out

Some used to drive to the hills in the morning
Friday nights I’d take the ski bus ‘round.
This lunch patrol’s driving us wild
But lately girl you get your kick turns just to knock that corn around

We’re skiing down, down, down, down
We’re skiing down, down, down, down
We’re skiing down, down, down, down
We’re skiing down, down, down, down
We’re skiing down, down, down, down


 Wink
thanks mom. miss you!
(photos to follow)
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Re: May 9, 2010: Alpental (closed): in memory
« Reply #1 on: 05/10/10, 07:00 AM »

Great TR Jess.  Bittersweet, but great memories.
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Re: May 9, 2010: Alpental (closed): in memory
« Reply #2 on: 05/10/10, 07:10 AM »

Rock on.
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Re: May 9, 2010: Alpental (closed): in memory
« Reply #3 on: 05/10/10, 07:58 AM »

 Smiley
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Re: May 9, 2010: Alpental (closed): in memory
« Reply #4 on: 05/10/10, 03:16 PM »

Very nice.  We finished our fast lap at about lunch and headed back to town.  It so warm up there!   Gotta get some 60deg wax for my sticks
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Re: May 9, 2010: Alpental (closed): in memory
« Reply #5 on: 05/11/10, 08:26 AM »

Great spring conditions there on mother's day. I did the turnaround at about 4:00 pm and the corn was pretty nice.

sheispiste, Were you the girl I talked to from Connecticut? Thanks for grabbing my hat for me when it blew off on the descent if that was you...
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Re: May 9, 2010: Alpental (closed): in memory
« Reply #6 on: 05/11/10, 10:29 AM »

....
thanks mom. miss you!
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Nice tribute, and thanks for the reflection ~ my mom's long gone, but she's still here and still rocks..   Smiley
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