Our 2nd day was the most memorable for me I think. The reason is XC skiing. I was very lazy and was somewhat refusing to even try, but Alena wanted to go, so I reluctantly agreed.
The whole deal was extremely cheap first of all. We paid $35 per person for a ticket to the trail, 1 hour lesson with instructor and all the equipment rental. I think we spent a little over 2 hours on the trails — training and then putting our “skill” to use.
It all started with us getting some help from people “in the know” for putting our skis on. Right after that I saw Alena slowly, but steadily leave me, sliding down the slope. I tried to go catch her, but couldn’t move and couldn’t get out of my skis either. I just kept yelling: “Brake, brake!”
She managed to ask some nice people on her way though how to stop and they were nice enough to help her.
I actually managed not to fall a single time, which can’t be said of the rest of the trainees. Poor Alena was doing pretty well, but at one point while we were waiting for the rest of the group to catch up just lost balance while standing still and fell on her back. I felt so bad, but yet again was unable to free myself from the skis. She cried a little from the pain, but after a bit of consideration decided to continue.
The snow wasn’t great, but overall it was pretty fun. I think we might try it again some day on some fresh snow.
Last day of our weekend consisted mostly of driving home. We made 2 small detours on our way thought.
First one was a stop at a town called Lowell
in Massachusetts. It’s designated as a National Historic area, so we went to get our stamps (which we did). The city used to be the beginning of American industrialization at the end of 19th century. However everything fell apart in the beginning of 20th and that’s pretty much how it went through the rest of the century. They say it was reborn, but it really doesn’t seem to be the case.
After that we decided that Foxwoods Resort Casino
wasn’t too far off our way and we decided to go there for dinner.
Last time we really loved the food at California Pizza Kitchen (a chain restaurant of all things). We found another one at Scottsdale during our southwest trip.
Today was as great as before. We ordered one Greek Pizza
and Chicken Piccata
. Really really delicious stuff. And all that for $30. We enjoyed it.
Then we spent $5 on slot machines and went home.
We left for the trip at about 8pm on Friday and got home at about 8pm on Monday. It was a great weekend that I spent with my best friend — my awesome wife and I loved all of it.