Joined: Wed Oct 06, 2004 10:57 pm Posts: 4956 Location: California
Here's some pics from one of the most memorable Father's Days in my 15 years of being a dad. It was a great day and my son Skyler reminded me (yet again) how lucky I am.
The Echo Boat Taxi trip has become an annual tradition this time of the year and to combine it with Father's Day was an obvious win for me. We hooked up with some old friends jimt3 and nils....and met a new one too, ACwithFT.
Sky loading up our gear in the boat
On the boat in route to the goods
Sky on the trail
Jimt3 and nils on the log crossing
Sky hiking with the big boys
Hiking the steep lower slope before switching to skins
Looking at the line
Back to booting for the scramble to the ridge
Stopping by the drinking fountain
On the bootpack, almost to the ridge
Sky topping out with the help of dual whippets and under the careful watch of jimt3 and ACwithFT
On top father and son stoked
No time to waste, nils does the honors
Solei (sp?) in hot pursuit
jimt3 is next
Followed by Skyler
Dad is next
And ACwithFT is the caboose
Down at the pond, Dad shows the crew how it's done
The skiers wanted no part of the pond skimming (rightfully so), ACwithFT make a dry run but couldn't pull the trigger, and Sky was up for the challenge. After making it through the hardest part of the in-run (suncup hell) he had the speed to make the skim but I didn't set him up very well on the exact spot to enter the pond. Long story short he took the wrong spot and got spit into the pond and the last minute. Dad was nervous anyway of him hitting and seeing him go down didn't help the blood pressure. Luckily the water broke his fall even though it was only a foot deep. It could have been way worse.
Soaking wet and a little beat up Sky tried 2 more times but couldn't get through the in-run to get another chance at the pond. I was still proud as could be for his effort and we've now named the bowl and pond "Skyler's".
His trophy for the day.
Looking back at our tracks
Still smiling we camera battle
And pick our way back down to the snowline
Wildflower on the way out
Back at the stream crossing
Cheers at the dock (Sky coulda joined with a Dr Pepper but he was too tired in the morning to grab one (teenagers)
Back at the dock we saw this old cool boat, mount a snowboard rack and we'd be in business
Jimt3 was stoked to meet Sky and proud of his hiking/riding efforts too so he treated up to ice cream. Thanks jim!
Back at home we had a great Father's Day BBQ with the rest of the family and reveled in our day together. It was interesting to see Sky enjoy being with other folks beside dad in the mountains. He really had a great time which let to me having a great time too.
I couldn't have asked for a better father's day, thanks Sky, Haley, and Mrs bcrider!
Joined: Sun May 08, 2005 8:42 pm Posts: 60 Location: Salinas, Ca
Hey Chris, what a great father's day!!! I hope I didnt steal too much of your thunder but with my 17 yr old daughter off at summer camp and my father's day put off a week I had Sky to help me appreciate what fathers day is all about. I know you were beaming all day but I also got a feel for it when I got to set a bootpack on the lower face when Sky was having a little problem getting traction and even grabbing his arm and pulling him up the last step at the top of Skyler Bowl. What a great feeling having your kids follow in your footsteps. I remember my daughter's first time on skiis at 11 months old and her first run down a double diamond. You cant fully explain what a great feeling it is. Great pics, great day, great fun and great icecream.....jim p.s. hey AC, you need to post some vid or stills of Sky's pond experience. Once we knew he was okay it was a thing to behold and I think everyone else would appreciate it!!!!!