Thursday, January 29, 2009

Our ski trip: The good and the not so

No time to post pictures as I do 900 loads of ski laundry, throw together three days' of food, and pack the car to run up to Tahoe for some more of the stuff, but when I return I'll post pictures explaining why my Alta trip started out here and ended here.

Spoiler: My dad took a huge cartoon-like (but not funny) biff and broke his leg (really badly) on the third day (thank goodness not the first). He'll have surgery to get things pinned back together and plates added in about a week after the swelling goes down, and we expect to see him back on the slopes (I recommend at a slower speed, but he never listens to me about this) next year.

The silver lining? (I'm always looking for it.) I had anticipated this being a stressful and complicated day, but it pales in comparison to the complications of the past day and a half where I had to coordinate people and luggage—some on the mountain, some down at the hospital—to get the right people and their luggage going to the right place once we decided where that was. Many thanks to a great group of friends who were there to help at every turn, a fleet of radios that kept us all in contact throughout it all, wonderful ski patrol and mountain clinic staff, a rockin hospital, Southwest Airlines for flexibility, my sister for receiving my parents on the other end, and my brother-in-law for replacing my parents' blown hot water heater by the time they got home. Teamwork, you know.

I'll be back in the mix on Monday. In the meantime, have a good weekend!

12 comments:

MsMVNJ said...

Wow, what a trip - hope your dad feels better soon.

NJDecorator said...

How crazy is that? Glad that you are able to coordinate so well. Hope all is claming down.

Kate said...

Sorry to hear about your dad! But gladd the trip was good overall...btw bloglines is screwy lately - your posts are not showing up!

ElleBee said...

Wowzers! Isn't it cool when folks pull together like that? Hope your dad's feeling better soon! I *LUV* Southwest Airlines! I'm with Kate. Bloglines quit updating you on my account in December. :(

Jen Yu said...

Oh sweetheart, I hope your dad is okay. You are such a great drill sergeant. That's what I love about you (well, one of the many many things I love about you). Have fun this weekend and I want the ski whore report when you get back :) Be safe. xxoo

Midwest Mom said...

Glad to know you're back safe & sound. But I'll keep good thoughts for your dad -- ouch!

Have a wonderful weekend!

- Julia

Ginny said...

Oh my G. It looks like your experience was a little bit of everything and too much of it all. Just booked a ski trip to Vancouver for April. Looking forward to your next post.

KSK said...

Wow, crazy! Hope your dad heals fast! Have a great time in Tahoe!

Sabina said...

Holy crap ms. boss! So much for ski hard, play hard. Tell big G that we're thinking of him and hope he continues on the path of healing quickly and well. That's a big world rocking if I've ever heard of one.

xoxo

Purple Flowers said...

I hope your Father is getting better. If you don't know it by now, you are an excellent traffic director - a person of action.
You have been missed here, but life is out there.

adozeneggs said...

Oh My! I hope he wasn't following Sophie with the camera during the fall. Hope he feels better soon.

Deb said...

Gees. Orthopaedic injuries suck, plain and simple. I've had my fair share.

Hoping dad gets on the mend!