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A Keystone Adventure

by Meghann on February 5, 2009

Today’s skiing adventure is brought to you courtesy of Keystone Mountain where a good trail is only a Snow Cat Ride away. πŸ™‚

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Oh yeah, I did that… but first let me start from the beginning.

This morning my Dad made pancakes for breakfast this morning. I attempted to make them at first, but let me tell you there is a reason why I always pull the waffle iron out instead… I am an AWFUL pancake maker. The one I tried was too lumpy and too big, so Dad took over after he had a good chuckle.

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I had 5 of his perfect pancakes and topped them with an apple I had chopped and heated up with a little bit of Light Syrup.

We packed up the mini van and traveled to another one of my favorite mountains, Keystone.

I love the early morning gondola ride up.

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We started out the morning getting lost in the trees where I decided to challenge a tree with a fight and lost miserably. I was left bruised and sore.

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I like to call it my badge of honor. πŸ™‚

I worked up quite a sweat recovering and treated myself to a Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar on the chair lift ride back up.

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We met my Mom and Aunt on the top of the mountain for lunch where I was set loose on the salad bar. I was starving at this point and just threw everything on my plate.

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I will not even begin to recap what was on this plate, but just imagine everything possible on a salad bar and I grabbed a little bit of each. I ended up being a 2.53 lb salad and I ate about 75% of it and let my Dad finish the rest. I had poured some Blue Cheese dressing in a little bowl for fork dipping, but didn’t even needed. I may have dipped my fork in the dressing two or three times tops.

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I also had a couple of Fries from the community Fry Plate in the middle of the table.

After lunch we decided to get ourselves into a little bit of trouble and took the last ride of the Snow Cat to the top.

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I was one of two girls out of the group of fifteen who were making their way up.

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The views were breath taking. We had a clear shot of Breckenridge across the mountain.

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I managed to survive this adventure bruise free, thank you very much.

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Around 2:30 my Dad decided it was a good time to enjoy the lounge chairs at the bottom of a chair lift and have a beer. I loved this idea, in fact I encouraged it. πŸ™‚

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Unfortunately the beer selection was kind of blah, but I settled on a Heiniken.

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I only had a few more runs left in me after this and I was done. I ditched my Dad and Twin Bro and headed to the bottom of the mountain where my Mom and Aunt had already called it a day. They were sitting outside at the cutest little cafe in Keystone Village called The Spoon.

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They were enjoying some Alaskan Brews, but I had already had my fill of beer for the day and settled with a Hot Peppermint Tea. I also ordered a Hummus Platter for the table.

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I had about 1/3 of this tasty plate. I especially enjoyed the tomato and hummus together, I will have to remember that combination for the future.

Leek Soup was the plan for dinner tonight. I was a little hesitant because of how heavy the soup can be so I got a little inventive with my serving and did a twist on the traditional bread bowl.

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I cut an acorn squash in half and roasted it in the oven at 420 degrees for 20 minutes. I used the acorn squash as the bowl for the leek soup. It was a wonderful idea and really, really tasty!

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I had a Biscuit on the side. πŸ™‚

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For dessert we headed in town to a busy Crepe Stand, Melissa suggested.

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My Dad, Twin Bro and I ordered the Strawberry Nutella Crepe to split between the three of us.

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It was a bit of a wait, but well worth it. YUMMY!

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I stood in the middle of the three of us and this is how the bites went… Twin Bro, Me, Dad, Me, Twin Bro, Me…. I think you get the picture πŸ˜‰ I ended up with a few extra bites.

Tomorrow is our last day of skiing and I am contemplating making it a half day. I have had a blast, but I feel like it has been non stop on the go since we’ve been here and I just need a couple of hours to myself. I am sad to leave Colorado, but there really is no place like home. πŸ™‚

Oh and I forgot to mention the wonderful Ashley from Daily Goods is a baker for the bake sale as well! There are just so many of them, I knew one was going to be accidentally left off. But I promise you won’t forget Ashley’s baked good when its time to buy. Her goods are looking mouth water delish!

1 Melissa February 5, 2009 at 11:38 pm

that is one of the most amazing photos I have ever seen. I have never skied in actually good conditions. I am a north east skier, give me ice and slush and I don’t know what I am missing…until your blog came along.

2 Natalie February 5, 2009 at 11:49 pm

I love the tomato and hummus combo!

Great idea with the acorn squash!

3 Marissa February 5, 2009 at 11:54 pm

Great looking soup!

4 Hallie February 6, 2009 at 12:13 am

In college, there was a vegetarian station at the food court and sometimes they sold grilled hummus and tomato sandwiches…so good! Kinda like grilled cheese but healther.

5 HangryPants February 6, 2009 at 12:32 am

I love your mom’s braids and your crepe.

Is that your leg with the bruises. It took me awhile to figure it out.

6 snackface February 6, 2009 at 1:10 am

Whoah, buscuits are one of my favorite things ever. I added you to my blogroll, I hope you don’t mind! πŸ™‚ http://snackface.wordpress.com/

7 Mica February 6, 2009 at 1:45 am

I LOVE that acorn squash and soup idea. Thank you a bajillion times for posting that! Mmmm!

I hate the wait for crΓͺpes, but they are sooooo worth it!

8 Marianne February 6, 2009 at 2:17 am

I so want that crepe – looks awesome!

9 sarahannmatheny February 6, 2009 at 3:05 am

Yeah, I had the same question as Heather: what body part is that?!?

Thanks for the kind words on your Meet the Bakers post!

10 The Healthy Hostess February 6, 2009 at 5:49 am

I have been soo jealous of you all week! And it continues!
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Have fun!!

11 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) February 6, 2009 at 7:06 am

Did you know yesterday was nutella day? Perfect your crepe!

I can never have nutella so I think I am going to try making my own crepes and putting the dark chocolate dreams PB on it. yummm!

12 Shelby February 6, 2009 at 7:48 am

Breakfast looks amazing, I need to make pancakes.

Ooo and that salad! I’ve been craving salads lately and almost 3 lbs!? WOW.

Need that crepe!!!

13 VeggieGirl February 6, 2009 at 8:02 am

AMAZING!! Hang in there with the soreness though!!

14 Nicole February 6, 2009 at 8:03 am

Wow, those photos are so beautiful! As is the crepe πŸ˜‰

15 Melissa S. February 6, 2009 at 8:21 am

yay for marvelous adventures! sounds like you’re having a freak’n blast! can’t wait till you get back and for this weekend!!!!! yayyyyy for bdays!!!

16 Allison February 6, 2009 at 8:21 am

That crepe is insane! Your trip just keeps amazing me! All of your pictures are phenomenal!!!

17 Erica February 6, 2009 at 8:36 am

owww the daily spoon looks like my kind of restaurant yum! Love the beer while on the slopes! Enjoy your day!

18 Sarah W. February 6, 2009 at 8:57 am

yum!!! you look like youre having a blast!!! soo lucky!!!

i’m jealous of your nutella crepes – ever since we had them on on our honeymoon my husband has been pestering me to make crepes – I’ve never even made a crepe before?!! I did get him some nutella so he’ll have to settle for nutella toast for now – i’m such a mean wifey!

19 Emily February 6, 2009 at 9:40 am

nice “badge of honor” I would be very proud! haha.

Awesome eats as well, all of those restaurants looks really cool!

Hope your enjoying your vaca! <3

20 Brandi February 6, 2009 at 9:57 am

I love nutella! That crepe sounds amazing!

21 Melissa G February 6, 2009 at 9:59 am

omg. I’m. so. jealous. You know why. Enough said. Leave some snow for me-I’m going Sunday to Copper!

22 Mel February 6, 2009 at 9:59 am

I love you creativity of using the squash as a soup bowl! I sounds really good too!

I can also see why you got a few extra bites of the crepe too! It sounds amazing!

23 Sharon February 6, 2009 at 10:13 am

Oh my gosh, what an awesome time!! And yes, those pancakes are amazing!

24 sarahdbelle February 6, 2009 at 10:17 am

That hummus platter looks sooo good! Glad you’re having fun!!!

Sarah
http://sarahdbelle.wordpress.com/

25 Sara February 6, 2009 at 10:17 am

That crepe looks amazing! Yay for you and the extra bites!! πŸ™‚

26 lauren February 6, 2009 at 10:42 am

acorn squash as a breadbowl… BRILLIANT! πŸ™‚

p.s. yowza bruise!!

27 Victoria February 6, 2009 at 10:43 am

Great idea with the acorn squash bowl! That nutella crepe sounds amazing!

28 lauren February 6, 2009 at 11:27 am

the crepe sounds sooooo yummy! the views out there are just so beautiful…cant get over it.

29 Elina February 6, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Heh, you have nutella on world nutella day and I bet you didn’t even know it πŸ™‚
Tomato + hummus = yum!

30 Ryan February 6, 2009 at 12:03 pm

That crepe….WOAH! Massive yumminess, I bet!

31 kaneil February 6, 2009 at 12:31 pm

What a week!!! The view from the top looking at Breck is beautiful!!!

Glad you’re still feeling good after the bruise. I’m sure the crepe made it feel much better! πŸ™‚

Oh and do NOT feel bad about the ticket! I had a wonderful time at dinner with you guys and am so happy that it worked out! I was just a zombie on the raod b/c I’m an old lady that goes to bed reeeally early.

Have a safe trip home tomorrow!
Kaneil, balanceisbest

32 kilax February 6, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Oh my gosh! I cannot wait to go to Keystone! The view, and the food around there… that crepe and hummus dish look great!

I cannot wait to try skiing. I am so happy you have shared your adventure.

I do have one question – where do you put your camera while you are skiing? In a coat pocket or something?

33 Meghann February 6, 2009 at 2:19 pm

haha yes that bruise is on my leg πŸ™‚

Kilax – I put it in my jacket pocket. When I got skiing Ihave every pocket filled with crap from my camera to back up goggles to snacks, every pocket has a purpose

34 rhodeygirltests February 6, 2009 at 2:24 pm

oh breathtaking pictures meghann! i am so happy you and your family got to take this trip!

35 ksgoodeats February 6, 2009 at 3:22 pm

GORGEOUS!!

Tomato and hummus in a pita is THE BEST sandwich ever! Yummy crepes. Don’t worry about the tree fight, you’ll get them next time πŸ˜‰

36 Danielle February 6, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Is that your leg? Ouch!
Hope you enjoy your last days on vacation!

37 MaryBe February 6, 2009 at 5:10 pm

You look so cute in your pink hat! Love your blue snowflake gloves too!
Heheh wtg on snagging some extra bites of that crepe!

38 Erin February 6, 2009 at 5:26 pm

CREPES! Oh how I love ’em.
Definitely the best Zbar picture out there!

39 angiismyname February 6, 2009 at 6:45 pm

that person got fooled by the twins too! those tricky twins. Thanks for posting a picture of mom’s black eye.

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