03 March 2009

Things Everyone Should Do in Life





There are some things everyone should do before they die. My list includes the following, in no particular order:

2.) Shave with a buck-knife

5.) Orbit Pluto

3.) Go to the Necco candies factory and learn how they are made

1.) Use the Googlie

6.) Fly on an Eagle's wings (if no Eagle is availabe, a parakeet will do)

7.) Shave my head except for a chinstrap beard that extends around my entire head

4.) Go Heli-Skiing! Check- been there done that!

Yes, last Saturday, in an effort to say good-bye to February 2009, I celebrated with my family by going to Powder Mountain in Ogden, UT to go H-E-L-I-S-K-I-I-N-G! For those of you who think I just cursed, you are mistaken. I said I went heli-skiing, not "To h*** with skiing!" Heli-skiing consists of getting into a helicopter with all you ski equipment stuffed in an exterior rack and you in the chopper. You fly to a moutaintop away from the regular ski slope, and the helicopter lets you out to ski clean, white, deep, beautiful, unadulterated powder. It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever done, besides of course the Mona Lisa. The snow on an untarnished mountain goes through a transition as it falls from the sky that makes it feel (and taste) like coolwhip. That might be a stretch of the imagination, but I'm hungry so coolwhip works for an image. The safety precautions of the trip were quite peculiar. For example, there were none. Thy ski patrol representative told us where to kneel in anticipation for the chopper. His particular spot of genuflection seemed very, very close to the helipad, and indeed when the helicopter landed it nearly squished my little toe. He told us the reason for that was that if a gust of wind hit the chopper as it was landing, and the chopper tilted over, we would be protected from the rotars. I am still trying to figure out why that would be better than having an entire helicopter land on us, but he said so, so I obeyed! We all got equipped with beacons in case we were overtaken by a Yetti, and we had a guide to make sure we knew which way was down (we only needed his assistance once). The helicopter trip was incredible, and worth the money, and I can safely say the run was one of the best of my life. Heli-skiing is definitely something that needs to be experienced before one passes on. Oh my goodness it was amazing!

3 comments:

Nate Baird said...

My hatred for you and your skiing just reached a new level. Nah, I'm just kidding, that's awesome that you got to, it sounds amazing. Heliskiing is one of the many things that I would absolutely love to do, but doubt I will ever get the chance to.

Lauren Palmer said...

So that was you who painted the Mona Lisa? I thought so...

justpulse said...

Fun post, Dave! I was so relieved when you clarified that you weren't swearing about the heliskiing. ;) And I'm just wondering about the list of things everyone should do... how many people exactly do you know who have orbited Pluto? Just wondering.. And what is a Googlie? Regardless, I loved the post! Sorry I've been neglecting you commentarily. I'm glad to see you're still blogging faithfully. :)