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Adventures on Crutches

21 May

The first ski camp of the summer, I fractured my tibial plateau. Sounds bad, but it could’ve been a lot worse. I sustained no ligament damage and the fracture was small enough that I didn’t have to get surgery! The only downside is I have to be on crutches for four weeks with limited weight-bearing. Being on crutches really limits you in the activities you can do, but I am making the best of it and found some things to keep me busy this past weekend.

I was trying to come up with an idea for things to do while the Crazy Canuck was in town. He left on Monday so I thought we could go down to Denver and find something to do. Thinking of everything fun down there was difficult because I am so limited. I did however think of how awesome it would be to go to Elitch Gardens. Then I remembered how long I would be standing in lines, so I emailed them and figured out a way to get a line-cutting pass because I’m a gimp. 😉 It totally worked! We got to skip all the lines and, even better, got to sit at all of the front of the rides! It was a very good shoulder/hand/wrist workout for me, and I got tired fairly quickly, but we definitely got our money’s worth!

Then we went to Boulder, I took a nap, and Crazy went out on his new bike, which then broke. He came back and, with a little help from our bike expert, Chris, he fixed it up and decided to go back out again. Not long after, we hear him outside and hear him say, “This has not been my day for biking… and I need a nurse.” He had crashed and ripped up the skin on his knee pretty good. Gimpy as I am, I think I’m a pretty good nurse!

Dustin's Boo-Boo... He really is crazy.

Dustin’s Boo-Boo… He really is crazy.

The next day we woke up early and drove to DIA so Crazy could fly to Calgary. 😦 I then drove back up to the mountains on a lovely spring day only to get stopped on Vail Pass because of a vehicle fire. What the heck! Fortunately I was right next to the exit and knew of a road less traveled that would get me home. Tennessee Pass is a beautiful pass through the high mountains up to Leadville, a very old town that has some great history. So great, that I had to stop in and go to the Mining Museum. I’m kind of dork like that. But let me tell you, it was impressive! I was on crutches, and it took me about two hours to tour the whole place on my own. There were some cool sections they had made that took you through what appeared to be an underground mine shaft, with mannequins and sound affects and “Warning” signs and rail tracks and… you get the point. There was an elementary class that was touring too, and I felt like asking the teacher for one of her handouts so I could learn like an elementary student again (I told you, I’m a dork).

Mountain lake on the drive up to Leadville.

Mountain lake on the drive up to Leadville.

I went mining for a day.

I went mining for a day.

After I had my fill with mining history, I popped in at the cutest cafe in Leadville, Cookies With Altitude. The nice lady made me a delicious sandwich, and I picked six different cookies to bring home to share with my mom and dad. I decided to make my lunch a picnic and got in my car and drove a few minutes past the Continental Divide to Camp Hale. For those who aren’t familiar, Camp Hale was home to the 10th Mountain Division, the only Alpine specialized army group in the United States, which makes this site extremely cool.

The remains of an entertainment building at Camp Hale.

The remains of an entertainment building at Camp Hale.

Can you imagine 15,000 soldiers living here in the winter?!

Can you imagine 15,000 soldiers living here in the winter?!

I finished my sandwich, took a bunch of pictures, and then drove down past the Gilman mining ghost town (one of the first mining towns open during the Colorado Silver Boom, and was closed down because of toxic pollutants in the water), and stopped in Minturn for one last adventure on my crutches. A couple months ago a huge slab of rock slid all the way down from the ridge right onto the railroad tracks, sliced them right in half! I had to see it.



Sliced right through!

Sliced right through!




Summing it Up

3 Jan

Well… I thought I’d do a post with pictures summing up the year of 2012. I may or may not have stolen this idea from other blogs… it’s still fun! Enjoy!

Starting the year off right with my sissy!

Starting the year off right with my sissy!


January in Europe.


February I got to race in Vail. It’s one of my favorite places to race. Weird right?


March had a lot of important races, and my best result here at World Junior Championships. 6th place in the Super-G!!


Finishing up March with a lot of plates from NorAm overall for the US Women’s team. All of those are top-3 overall positions.


I spent a good portion of April vacationing and exploring California with the Crazy Canuck. We stopped at Cal Poly to say hi to my cousin Sara! We always have a good time.


May! More chilling. I got to take a trip to Lake Powell with the Crazy Conuck, Erika, and Gutsy Guy. It was a lot of fun.


Not a lot going on in June, but we had some really good training in Mt. Hood.


This is from the Calgary Stampede in July. Country music, chuck wagon racing, and dancing in Calgary with a bunch of crazy Canadians.


Cousin Sarah had her wedding in August. Weddings are always a blast in our family. The three of us got to sing during the beautiful ceremony.


Chile in September! You can read all about it in my Portillo Por Favor post.


The beginning of October I got to spend with my Crazy Canuck. Read about it in my I Never Thought I Would Say This… post. 🙂


First World Cup in November! That was my last post!

Lake Louise

December started with my second World Cup start in Lake Louise, Canada.


This was also in December. The Crazy Canuck came out for the beginning of Christmas, which included my grandpa’s 90th birthday party! It was a roaring 20’s theme.

2013 is going to be another crazy adventure! I’m so excited to see what happens next. Have a happy New Year!