Have you had those times when even the best laid plans go awry? That sure summed up our annual after Christmas trip to Maine where with one daughter and her family we look forward to enjoying a taste of winter and snow and skiing.
The morning we were leaving, daughter wakes up sick, no doubt having picked up the bug that plagued her house during the holiday visit of her sister whose husband and three toddler boys each took a turn being ill. Daughter is left behind with chills and fever…..bummer…..as the rest of us head to Rockport where for the first time there is no snow for our winter visit. To make matters worse the Camden Snow Bowl wasn’t going to open on schedule resulting in “What, no snow! We can’t ski, what are we gonna do, Lulu?”
What’s a Lulu to do when confronted with such disappointed concern? Well, I whipped out my phone sitting right on the tarmac before takeoff and started calling places at Sugarloaf Mountain, about 2 1/2 hours from Rockport, where there was lots of snow and good skiing.
As you might guess, places to stay at the last minute were limited, but after several unsuccessful calls, one was recommended as a possibility. Luckily, it had two rooms for two nights later in the week and wasn’t too far from the mountain. Six of us crowded into small spaces reminiscent of summer camp cabins, but, hey, that was part of the adventure and fodder for shared memories!
Now, you may not know this but Sugarloaf is the largest ski resort east of the Rockies, and the kids were surprised to find that it was the real deal. They were delighted to have their choice of long runs with varying degrees of difficulty, quite different from the Camden Snow Bowl where skiing is relaxed and easy.
As for me, I didn’t ski but bonded with the daughter shopping for new hats that would keep our ears warm in the subzero temps! All in all the Sugarloaf adventure was great fun and proves that things can work out well at the last moment, even with some preliminary stress!
Here’s hoping that your holidays went well and that your New Year is off to a good start. I look forward to what we share in 2015.
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