Thursday, January 1, 2009

Reviving an Old Tradition

My dad...Me...
(If you know anything about waterskiing at all, you know that my form here is HORRIBLE, but I promise that at one time in my life I was pretty decent)

My dad and I both used to be ski-aholics. Truly...obsessed! My dad would take me skiing before school, after school, weekends, and nights before the sun went down. I can remember sitting on the lake so early in the morning that we had to sit and wait for the sun to rise up just enough to give us the light we needed to see which direction we were driving. It was a tradition for my whole family to ski on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years whenever we could growing up! It was always tough though since it was in Denver and the few lakes we had were usually frozen over. When we did get to go, we would be skiing around ice chunks in the water...classic!

Moving to Arizona made it easier and we skied a lot more frequently for a while. But lately, the ski-frenzy has faded. I haven't been skiing with my dad for two years!! Until today! We went to a little hidden lake in the center of downtown Phoenix and revived the New Years skiing tradition. It was a blast. A FREEZING cold blast! He took two runs and I just did one, but I was pretty stoked that I got up on the first pull. It was like riding a bike and all came flooding back pretty quickly. I think I might be hooked again and will for SURE need to find more time to head to the lake with my dad. Thanks for a good time today Dad!
Happy New Year!!!

5 comments:

Marisa and Rob Rasmussen said...

What a fun tradition!!! I love having tradition's! It makes me happy and excited to pass them down to my childern. I've done water skiing a couple of times, I was never good at it though. :) Looks like you had a great time! :)

The Craigs said...

Your dad had a blast just being out on a lake with you again. You didn't mention that you popped out of the water on the first pull while using an HO Phantom expert ski. Very Nice!!

Fife Family said...

I love waterskiing! You look nice and bundled up, but I can imagine how cold the water must have been!

aubry startin said...

I love this post. You guys are crazy, but way fun. I'm way impressed with your skiing skills!!!

Elise said...

That sounds like so much fun! You are more brave than I am to do it in the cold. I love to go in the summer time though!