Nobody died during Day 1, but that was just the travel day. Now we have our full complement of old folks in our party, and it's not long before constitution and health levels are running low. I should have brought some health potions!
For our plans today, I wanted to visit Vail. I've heard a lot about the ski village at the feet of Vail Mountain. Additionally, in Wisconsin we live at the foot of the largest 'mountain' in the state, Granite Peak. It's a ski hill too, but certainly nothing like Vail. As a web developer, I happened to have built the website for the Granite Peak Ski Area. So, in general, the ski area does try to copy the big ski hills in Colorado like Vail and Aspen and all that, and I actually wanted to see what the big deal was.
Anyway, now that I've thought about business, this suddenly can be written off as a business research trip. Right?
|At the entrance to Vail Village they have a statue that is a tribute to the 10th Mountain Division. The 10th was a group of some 18,000 soldiers who trained in the mountains for the US Army during WW2. Afterwards, many of the veterans of this division went on to forming key parts of the emerging ski industry. Many of them mapped trails, became ski instructors, ski tech designers, etc. Pretty cool!|
|Low on traffic, high on views. Lots of mountain bike rental stations. The ski hills are all open to mountain biking in the summer, with some pretty intense trails winding their way through the trees and ski runs.|
|The streets here aren't straight. Which is cool. It feels like the layout is truly organic, and wending your way through the streets is like being in an old Italian town.|
|Little details are everywhere, including these fancy metal arches. Looks like they're trying to get some vines to grow up along it, but the vines are wanting no part of that.|
A great community of writers there, helping each other get better at what they enjoy doing.
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