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VAIL & 14ers

Let me preface this entry by just saying how lucky I feel sometimes. To have the opportunities that I do over the next 6 months is incredible, and I feel incredibly blessed/gifted/however you want to take that to have been given these opportunities. I hope I can make the most of them. I am told by many I am an incredible musician, but I also love to spend time hiking as high as the mountains around me will allow and skiing down whatever happens to be in front of me. Speaker of 3 languages and knowing a 4th. I feel so incredibly lucky to be this talented and have the opportunities in front of me that I do. I hope I can share my gifts with each and every one of you in some sort of way someday.

With just one week left of school followed by a few finals, I am beginning to get into full gear for move out and on up to Vail for the summer. I'm also beginning to prep for my 6 day trip down near Buena Vista hiking a bunch of 14ers in the Sawatch Range. The downside to the trip is that all of my friends I had hoped would be able to come with have since fallen trough, so I'll be doing the trip solo or with other 14ers.com forum members. Either way, I'm excited and ready to see what gifts Nature brings me while I'm down there. I know my mom will be worried sick if she finds out I'm doing these solo, but I feel I have the knowledge and experience necessary and a PLB registered with NOAA if anything serious were to happen. There have been a number of great Trip Reports on 14ers.com from this weekend detailing what the conditions are like down in the Sawatch Range right now, and I've been watching them closely to make sure I don't get myself into any trouble. I even got lucky enough to find a webcam pointed straight at Antero's East face, so I can check it whenever I want!

I am also beginning to get the details on the place I'm staying up in Eagle-Vail, and apparently will be sharing the room with a guy from Boulder. Hopefully, all works out. I am beginning to have some concerns about the weed consumption up there and after my boss added me as a friend on Facebook the other day, it definitely seems apparent that she likes to party...a lot. So, that being said, hopefully all works out. I've never been much for parties and getting hammered, but I guess there's a learning curve with everything, so we'll see how this summer works out. I am, however, looking forward to the sheer amount of world class vineyards when I study abroad in the fall. With regards to that, no update. Still waiting to find out why she can't guarantee me a room. My classes over there are looking really good though and I'm really excited about every one of them so far.

Question for Vail: my place is 7 miles from the office in Vail, and gas is $4/gallon currently. Do I bike to work every day or drive? Thoughts?

Posted by la vita bella 18:56 Archived in USA Tagged france ski hike bike vail 14ers shavano tabaguache princeton buena_vista

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You be careful on that trip and enjoy the heck out of every minute. Sounds like an incredible adventure!

by Lori Grant

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