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Sunday, February 24, 2013

La Vie Boheme

For Valentine's weekend, Drew and I took a trip to the UP. We went to Mount Bohemia... the promotional video for Mount Bohemia is so bizarre...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Zf9VXkCpRjk

Needless to say, the video had me a little worried. On the way up we were amazed by how much snow the "snow belt" has. They are at about 170 inches this year. At the gas stations, we were far more likely to see snowmobiles than cars. I particularly loved it when someone pulled up in that little number with the snow tracks.

We lost service on our cell phones about an hour before we even made it to Mount Bohemia, which is truly off the beaten path! We loved Mount Bohemia, none of the runs are groomed and there was plenty of "pow" to keep us happy. As all the runs are black diamond, double black diamond or triple black diamond, I was a little nervous most of the time but I made it out in one piece! The main chalet is a string of three yurts linked together, it is so unique!

We also enjoyed a nice long xc ski on the Snake River in Duluth and stopped to play on the icy shores of Lake Superior. Thought I'd share the pics!











































Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Minnesnowdah

Recently my friend said, "the ironic thing about Americans making fun of Canada is Minnesota." Oh, how right he was. Thought I'd post some pics of the shenanigans we've been up to to keep ourselves busy in the depths of MN winter!
Of course... we ski & snowboard... but that's a given.



We have autonomous snowplow competitions.


We have ice queen pageants.


 
We have something called "crashed ice" which involves men going down a huge obstacle course made of ice on hockey skates.
 


You can see the crashed ice course in the background!


We make replicas of "crashed ice" out of ice.

We have huge beer tasting festivals that take place outside... all day.

Someone wore this brilliant accessory to the beer dabbler.


We vacation on frozen lakes.

Best of all... we play ice bocce. It's hard to explain but it's a combination of curling/bowling/bocce ball. Basically we hurl split logs down the ice.

Prepping the lane.



Next week Drew is in an "ice golf" tournament with his buddies & my cousin is doing the polar plunge.
Gotta love it!