This is the third year that I've decided to drag a bunch of skiers along to western Mass since I was going there anyway to run the Greylock half marathon. Each year, the trip has gotten better. This year, we had a ton of help from Shiela, Linden's mom, who organized all the food, lodging, and a bunch of other things. That made my job super simple. It was also helped by the fact that the group who came out there with me always took initiative, and we packed a lot of fun activities into the weekend, with no prompting from this coach.
Started out with a rollerski! Joined by CSU alumns Rebecca and Sonya, who are skiing for Williams and helping to coach the Berkshire Nordic program over the summer. A lot of the kids on the EHS team ski for Berkshire Nordic, so this was a fun reunion for them all. But with so many kids getting excited to ski together, L1 sort of goes out the window...
Shiela made chocolate chip cookies, and passed them out before we'd even gotten off of our skis! That's service. Above, Ben sees how much cookie fits in his mouth.
Post ski we headed down the hill for some cliff jumping. The water was high, which made the pool even deeper. Refreshing!
This time of year is the best, because it's strawberry season. Those strawberries were A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Also, we discovered that Lee is a strawberry monster.
We stayed over at Notchview, which had just enough lawn for a pickup game of ultimate. Some ringers in this group!
Then we did some yoga inside, and completely independently, the kids pulled out their bands and started doing hip strength.
Look who I found featured on a mug at Notchview! Linden in his first BK festival.
We ordered pizza for dinner. The Bucheits brought a salad, the Song-Weiss's brought lasagna, and Shiela brought the s'mores stuff.
Sort of spur-of-the-moment, we determined after dinner that we had just enough time for a game of capture the flag, through the woods in the failing light. It was pretty perfect, and nobody managed to poke out an eye in the woods.
The wildflower field, where tracksetters go to die.
No pictures from the race morning, but most of the kids ran the 5k, and Sonya and I ran the 13.5mi (with a mountain in the middle). The deal is that if you beat me, I buy your ice cream, and Sonya crushed it, winning the whole race! In the short race, Tod was 2nd overall, and Ben was 3rd overall, winning his age class! Eva won the women's race, followed by Phoebe, and Kate was third in her age group. Linden twisted his ankle, but still finished, narrowly holding off Phoebe, and Milo was 7th in his age group. We also had parents and siblings racing: Jane Anna, John, Bryca, Philip, Kaden, and Zach!
Western Mass Adventure weekend
4/ 5Oleh Bernadine Pickett