Hitchhiking into the New Year
Trip Start Oct 26, 2006
81Trip End Aug 2007
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It's hard to believe that 2006 is coming to an end. We got married, bought a house, sold a house, had a summer wedding party, left our jobs (temporarily), and are now off on a nice long honeymoon (or on sabbatical as we tell the French). Not a day goes by that we don't remind ourselves how fortunate we are. These next 8 months are going to fly by, that's for sure, but lucky for us we have a lot to look forward to at home afterwards.....actually move in to our new house, jobs that we enjoy, and all of the precious babies/infants (born and unborn) that are growing rapidly within our families and close circle of friends.
Despite the lack of snow in our corner of the world, there are still areas nearby where we can ski tour and take advantage of the low avalanche hazard
The ski touring, despite the marginal snow, has still been spectacular as a result of the scenery and beautiful weather. Yesterday we got close enough to see a bouquetin (wild mountain goat with HUGE horns) to get some pics (see photos!). We didn't summit that peak, not wanting to derange le bouquetin, and also not knowing whether or not they are aggressive in defending their territory. That would be a bad story for our parents to find out we had been butted off the mountain by a mountain goat. The snow has been trés dur, hard enough that I went and bought some "couteaux", or ski crampons, as well as some new climbing skins. Now I'm dialed, and I think Seth has couteau envy as I fly up steep, hard slopes and he is having to bootpack up.
As I write we still don't know what we're doing for "Le Réveillon" (New Year's Eve) celebration. We're for sure going to have a nice dinner and a good bottle of wine (not the boxed wine we drink on a daily basis, though which is actually quite good and not the boxed crap we get in the States). After that, we may watch a movie and see if we can stay up til midnight, but if not, oh well! One thing is for sure we're NOT getting wasted on wine, beer and Aqua Vit like we did on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day was painful. We will not be hung over tomorrow on "Le Jour de l'An". Maybe we will make some more sablés to keep us up til midnight.