screw you all. im goin skiin, again!
screw you all. im goin... to take my girl to the hospital.
takin a powder.
its late so ill try to keep this short. with the snow d/h race cancelled at the last moment, we decided to keep our reservations and head out to the black hills of s. dakota anyway and do some skiin on a hill with some decent elevation. the place, terry peak. a good hill, a damn fine hill really. we had plans to meet sparrow and his wife for sat runs and dinner after since he owns a shop about a hour north in rapid city. once they hit the ski area he gave us a call and we were on our way down to the lower lift to meet them. this was our 5th run and it was pretty tame but candy got skeered and crossed tips sendin her twistin through the air ass over tea kettle with a bad landing.
i knew it was bad but the string of cuss words through clenched teeth left no doubt somethin was worse than just a bad fall. it was her right knee. i set up the poles up hill of us in a pair of crosses and gathered up the skis as i asked a young snowboarder to send help. she looked at me and basicly ignored me. the next skier by said hed send help and he did. ski patrol was there in 3 or 4 min as i cradled candy in my arms. i called sparrow to let him know we wernt worth waitin for and to carry on without us. red cross ron showed up and called for a snowmobile to take her back up to the medical shack while he snatched up all her gear and led me to a lift and back down to her side. i had no clue how i was gonna carry all that stuff or how to get back to her so this was a multiple ass saver.
i cant recall the gals name who helped her at the med shack but she was great none the less. she totaly got candy calm, even had her laughin, helped me get her to the car after she slipped on the step down and scared the crap outta me with the pain she showed. and then we were off to the er about 20 min down the road where nurse todd and dr leroy found no breaks in the r knee but one critical brake in the right hand and splinted up both but not before he gave her a 24 hour supply of codine and ibuprofin as the closest open pharmacy over the weekend was over a hour away with a storm movin in. all should be well the next day.
it wasnt. we got slammed and the hwy was quickly closed.... till monday afternoon. so the next day dr leroy called the local pharmasist and asked her to drive down outta the woods to do a emergency fill. very cool. with no way home we hung out in the motel for 2 days and were treated quite well by the owners of the black hills inn in deadwood, a place ill now always return to when i go back and go back i will.
i did manage to get some runs in mon am before the roads opened and it was all powder baby! id never skied in real powder before and this was a big treat and a tough test as there was a hard packed surface a foot below that kept tryin to make my little race skis go in 2 diff directions. not sure if the am sticks i left at home woulda helped or not. my legs were burnin after about 3 runs and my feet ached in my continually ill fitting boots but i still loved it none the less. so this is what you all keep talkin about! the pow pow! weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
the drive home pretty much sucked on one hand and was a ton of fun on the other. although the roads were open, they were a true test for this ex desert dwellin car racer boy. we saw the worst of it within 90 miles of home after about a 400 mile drive. blowin snow, drifts and a near white out at times made me work hard but thats the fun part. once home we got her inside and comfy, while her son emptied the car and i took a very happy odus outside to shovel the driveway. seems he missed us as much as we missed him.
thanx to squish and the boys for coverin the shop durrin my extended trip, and all the super friendly folks we met in deadwood and lead while in the black hills. oh yeah, i did get to meet sparrow and his lovely wife outside of the ski patrol hut as i gathered up our gear. they came up to make sure she was ok. how cool is that? we had plans to do breakfast in rapid but we obviously missed that date. next time pal and thanx for all the calls.
this went on way longer than i had planned. odus and the girl are curled up on the couch together so i think ill get her into bed and join her. more later. you should see the pics i took in the er!
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