we spent a night up at loon mountain this weekend (at the mountain club on loon which is a fabulous place to spend the night if i do say so myself--right at the base of the gondola!). it's so nice to get away from your typical routine, if only for a night. i sometimes get a bit stir crazy in the winter time, a common cry of stay at home mothers (probably everybody, actually) i'm sure, so to pack it in and head north for a bit was a nice, albeit short, vacation. new sights, new surroundings, new air.
we visited the ice castle which was sort of mind-blowing. basically it's a castle made of icicles (you don't say!) and enormous... blocks of ice? i can't even fathom how the building process starts let alone is completed but there you have it. tunnels, a roof, and rooms of ice. and at night it's lit up with various colors which is really quite cool. not to mention there was someone dressed up as elsa walking around to complete the whole scenario. a pretty cool thing to see, and time-sensitive too. this one's gonna be around for about one more month!
the following day, william, lindsey, and steve went skiing. it's been four years since any of them have skiied so it was nice for them to get on the slopes. parker and i rode a train (a little one that takes you between parking lots -- he was quite excited about this as you can imagine), had breakfast together (a buffet! all the berries he could ever want!), and stood at the base of the mountain dodging skiiers zooming past and trying to find the rest of our people so i could watch them ski. like looking for a needle in a haystack, i never got to spot them, but they had a great day and so did we. this was my first time at loon, and i really liked it. fires going inside the lodge, people drinking beer and eating popcorn before noon, hat head and mittens all askew, there is a certain laissez faire aspect to the day in the life of a skiier that i found refreshing (generally i'm of the "skiing is soooo expensive" mindset which is boring and unoriginal).
GIVEAWAY: in case you live near any of the three ice castle locations, i've got four tickets up for grabs today. the three locations are: breckenridge, colorado + midway, utah + lincoln, new hampshire.
if you want to enter, just be sure to leave your email address WITH your comment below. (in other words, if you don't leave your email address, i'll assume you're not entering the giveaway but just commenting as normal!)
giveaway closed. alyssa is the winner. thanks for entering!