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Toshi

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there's a thing called 'backcountry skiing' have you looked into it?

It's kind of gear intensive so just be forewarned
I asked my wife while in one of the lift lines if she would like to skin up some runs instead of waiting in lines on such days (when we're up here because all 3 kids have programs)

she said she'd rather wait in said lines. so here we are
 

Toshi

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Skied. Long lines but mostly < 15 min. Good snow. Not cold, and sunny. Good day overall. Drove back post skiing for a shorter weekend for the girls.

Videos here


Sub-Tahoe level driveway snow bank for @kidwoo

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three screenshots from Saturday because why not

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Toshi

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Wife is home dealing with unexpected water in the mechanical room. Not sure what the source is from my cursory look before I had to run out
so where this water came from is still a mystery. my best guess is that the floor drain got sluggish and then the water softener and house humidifier's output into it just exceeded its capacity for a bit

insurance crew hasn't even made its way out yet so going to cancel on them. I'll pull the carpet up outside the door and run an industrial fan at it for a few days--that's what they would have done anyway.

also got a 50' drill-attached auger and a 50' borescope camera coming from amazon, as that plus the fan is still cheaper than calling out a plumber would be. I didn't unearth anything with my 25' hand powered auger setup this morning but the water level was unnervingly only a few inches below floor level.

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Toshi

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got steam cleaning set up for Friday as well with a company with the big van-mounted unit and all. $149 flat rate for 5 rooms, 1 hallway, no stairs, up to 1000 sq ft of carpet. that should cover the basement and maybe I'll have them do a bit of upstairs to finish out (the basement being 900something square feet but also new carpet so the only area I care about is by the mechanical room).
 

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greenish water from hot tub drained a few days ago, and today I got it clean enough to refill and such

:)

 

Toshi

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I lifted

bro

has been roughly half a week so it was time

 

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posting for my future reference post-ski season


Land Cruiser will need an oil change and I am getting the feeling it could use some new shocks as well. getting more pitching motions when coming to a stop now, and it is 187k miles old, after all. I have AHC/AVC and would like to keep it so will go to a specialist shop, but I don't need Slee's services since I want to remain stock.
 

6thElement

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I might need to bribe you with some curry bread or shuttling me and S to GGSP to ride with you and borrow that if possible once snow season is over.

I bought one last year, but accidently got the "soft" cabled version and it won't get around the underground pipe bend I need to check. The hiring cost from HD is stupid money for half a day and when we got it the underground pipe was still blocked with ice so wasted money.
 

Toshi

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I might need to bribe you with some curry bread or shuttling me and S to GGSP to ride with you and borrow that if possible once snow season is over.

I bought one last year, but accidently got the "soft" cabled version and it won't get around the underground pipe bend I need to check. The hiring cost from HD is stupid money for half a day and when we got it the underground pipe was still blocked with ice so wasted money.
It couldn’t get around the bend in the floor drain so is going back. Apparently I got the same crappy one!
 

Toshi

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Goings on

got carpet cleaned in basement and on main floor, too
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replaced the other side 3rd row seat cover. This one is cloth due to me apparently ordering the wrong part but at least it’s the right color.
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packed full to head to mountains—both 3rd row seats up since we have my FIL
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deck needed shoveling, so it was done. Snow left from last weekend compacted down to ice but now that it’s uncovered maybe it’ll melt?
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Toshi

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Out with the BioBidet Pro with its too-weak pressure, flaky remote control, and infuriating 2 minute timer

In with the trusted and true Toto Washlet

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Toshi

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after 2 days on my Mindbender 116Cs I can say I like 'em, too. they carve well enough on groomers when that must be done, don't chatter, and in general feel like wide, slightly softer versions of my 108 Tis. which is exactly what I was looking for.

(I picked 'em today as we headed straight back from the hill and I have been using my AT boots since my straight alpine ones need a proper fitting/redo after the Intuition liner debacle. AT boots are 3 mm off in BSL from my alpine ones and who knows, there might be fresh snow when I go skiing on Thursday...)
Potatocam quality but evidence that yes, these 116 mm width skis get up on edge just fine

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Toshi

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Regen coming down from the pass is a powerful thing, eh. This from our nominally 30 electric mile range PHEV minivan

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Which needs a wash
 
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Toshi

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'tis factually correct


happens below freezing regularly here. air is comparatively less moist and it just wafts off over time
 

Toshi

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planning out more summer things. kids camps have been long nailed down. going to do this Glenwood Springs trip (hot springs, rafting, mountain adventure park, cavern exploring) and a Colorado Springs one as well (Great Wolf Lodge with all that entails, and the cog railway).

then local horsie riding as there's a stable in Cherry Creek State Park that'll do two up parent + little kid riding for our Baby Aya, with the bigger kids on their own horses. A Basin ropes course and zip lining out of Conifer also on the docket.

going to boost the Colorado tourist economy, we will.
 

canadmos

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I took the California Zephyr from Chicago to Denver and it was nice. Much more comfortable than flying.

Its just too bad that its so expensive.
 

Toshi

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I took the California Zephyr from Chicago to Denver and it was nice. Much more comfortable than flying.

Its just too bad that its so expensive.
$329 is for all 5 of our tickets together. it's slow. but that price is fine by me in exchange for not driving and having room to stretch out, walk, see canyon walls etc.
 

canadmos

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$329 is for all 5 of our tickets together. it's slow. but that price is fine by me in exchange for not driving and having room to stretch out, walk, see canyon walls etc.
I guess for $66 a ticket that isn't bad.

When I took it, it was part of a trip from Toronto -> Niagara Falls -> Buffalo -> Chicago -> Denver. It was something stupid like 36 hours of travel or something. Including a train switch in Buffalo - where the station is out in the middle of no where and I was stuck there twiddling my thumbs for 4 hours. :rofl:

I could be wrong trying to remember, but I think the ticket was somewhere around $550. Cheaper than flying for sure, but still expensive.

But way better and less sketchy than taking the greyhound across the US, which I've done as well.
 

6thElement

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planning out more summer things. kids camps have been long nailed down. going to do this Glenwood Springs trip (hot springs, rafting, mountain adventure park, cavern exploring) and a Colorado Springs one as well (Great Wolf Lodge with all that entails, and the cog railway).

then local horsie riding as there's a stable in Cherry Creek State Park that'll do two up parent + little kid riding for our Baby Aya, with the bigger kids on their own horses. A Basin ropes course and zip lining out of Conifer also on the docket.

going to boost the Colorado tourist economy, we will.
I'd meant to message you and say there's an archery range in Bear Creek Lake Park that your young archer might enjoy. I know nothing about it, other than I ride past it on the C-470 trail occasionally (like on this past Saturday).

 

Toshi

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I'd meant to message you and say there's an archery range in Bear Creek Lake Park that your young archer might enjoy. I know nothing about it, other than I ride past it on the C-470 trail occasionally (like on this past Saturday).

cool, thanks for the tip. she's happy with our backyard mini range setup for now, and one of her chosen camps this year out in Washington has archery.

 

Toshi

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no incidents on Baby Aya-paced ride home from preschool


I watch approaching drivers like a hawk, with my flashing Outbound helmet light directed towards them
 

Toshi

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I'm kinda thinking that I should do this, as 3/4 of this work is (profit for them, but also) things to fix the flashing, etc. that are independent of the reinforcement work.

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Toshi

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the Cirque is open

and there should be powder this weekend. I'm thinking I'll sneak in a few hours with the elder kids Sunday morning if they're game.