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March 7th, 2008
of smells and ski trips

Driving to yoga tonight I ended up behind a tow truck, whose noxious fumes caused me to hold my breath and breathe through my mouth.

And suddenly my mind flashed back a dozen years, Kathy Troccoli was playing in my head, cold air was wrapping around my legs and the smell of exhaust annoyed my nose.

Then I started laughing, and debated calling my sister to see if she remembered our weekly bus trips to the mountains during the winter. (I’m sure you do, right?)

For a few years (I honestly can’t remember how many), my parents signed my sister and I up for weekly ski trips to the mountains. Our Dad would wake us up at 5AM on Saturdays, feed us breakfast (favorite being the refried bean and egg burritos, yum) and drive us to the bus pickup, where lots of other kids joined us to drive the two hours north.

We’d ski/snowboard for a few hours, have lunch up there and drink cocoa, ski some more, then pile back into the buses around 4PM, the smell of car exhaust and the cold being the predominant things I can recall.

I don’t remember enjoying it as much as I thought my sister did, but I was going through my try-to-be-the-best-Christian-possible-and-maybe-I’ll-actually-believe-it phase, so I didn’t talk to a lot of the other kids on the bus, tended to ski alone and wore my headphones on the rides to and fro (hence the memories of Kathy Troccoli, lol).

We finally stopped going sometime when I was in high school. It was always so early (for a Saturday, sheesh), and I think they finally trusted us to do what we wanted on the weekends… granted, that ended up involving jobs and boyfriends and late nights, but it was way more fun. ;)

Still, whenever I smell bus exhaust (particularly in the winter when it’s cold), I remember those trips and smile.

posted in: memories — @ 9:47 pm


  1. Oh I bet this was so much fun though! I miss skiing. Skiing has a very hard process till you get on your skies and start going down the mountains: getting up so early, load with your ski equipment, put suncream in your face, etc,. But it is very pleasant when you start sliding, feel the fresh air in your face and feel the adrenaline! awww

    btw, are u taking yoga classes? are they helpful for anxiety? I am thinking joining them too…

    Comment by Me, Myself and I — Saturday.March.8.2008 @ 3:23 am

  2. To funny!!! Yes i remember those trips. I loved them! :P

    Comment by The Sister — Sunday.March.9.2008 @ 2:10 am

  3. Me.. LOL, it definitely had it’s moments. And yes, I do yoga. I have for awhile, and I really love it. I’ve never had a problem with anxiety, but I have heard it helps with that, so absolutely, try it out. I bet you’ll love it. :)

    Sis.. of course you did. :P You had, what, three or four different weekend “boyfriends”? LOL

    Comment by the insider — Thursday.March.13.2008 @ 6:49 pm

  4. Ha Ha Ha!!!

    Comment by The Sister — Thursday.March.13.2008 @ 7:35 pm

  5. You didn’t deny it :P hehe

    Comment by the insider — Thursday.March.13.2008 @ 7:53 pm

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