As a female athlete, I’m always wondering how my professional brethren are doing, particularly in those sports that I engage in.

This winter, it’s all about the snowboarding, and I had the very good fortune of watching it from the coziness of my leather chair. The big news is that Kelly Clark is closing the gap between the men and ladies in Superpipe when she became the first female to land a 1080 in competition. I’m hopeful that there’s more to come.

Here’s a brief guide to how the ladies did at the X Games

And as for my mountain biking staycation, well it was short-lived. Like the rest of the country, we’re experiencing an Ice Age. If there’s enough snow for cross-country skiing, you betcha I’ll be out tomorrow morning.


 

Thanksgiving evening found me back at the Motel 6 after my third turkey sandwich of the day.  I bade farewell to Arches, inquired about the guided hikes through the Fiery Furnace section:  Friday and Saturday were sold out but Sunday’s hike–the last one of the season–still had spots available.  I passed.

 

Foggy Fiery Furnace section of Arches

Foggy Fiery Furnace section of Arches

One the way out I hiked into Sand Dune Arch.  The hike in was sandy surrounded by slick:

 

Hike into Sand Dune Arch

Hike into Sand Dune Arch

Also on the way out–the famous Balanced Rock, which perhaps inspired episodes of Wile E. Coyote and his archnemesis, the RoadRunner.

 

An unusually dimly lit Balanced Rock

An unusually dimly lit Balanced Rock

And I kept driving out of the park, drawn to the promise of a hot tub, warm bed, and more episodes of The Closer (oh, yeah, and another turkey sandwich).  Arches National Park is so spectacular, so massive, that it can be enjoyed from the road.

 

Monoliths from the Road

Monoliths from the Road

 

 Is that Nefertiti in the upper left-hand corner?

 

Nefertiti in a different desert?

Nefertiti in a different desert?

The plan for Friday: wake up early, hightail it to the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands, and hike around.  The trails would be too wet to mountain bike, I surmised.  I was right.

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