No, I don't watch basketball, I have no idea what is going on in college sports, except that many people ask me if I'm watching the tournaments.
Last week was spring break for CSU and most of the local schools. I took 2 trips, one with the youth, one with the college and young adult group. Both nights we stayed with our friends, Todd and Missy - who live in Evergreen.
I took the youth group skiing at Keystone. Due to many families being out of town for the week, we only had 2 students go. It was fun, nonetheless. Tyler and Missy (college-age folks from Peak) came along to help out. I picked Keystone because they have great night skiing, which we took advantage of. Unfortunately I am sadly, sadly out of shape and have paid dearly for my long day of skiing.
Fortunately, since there were only 2 college-age folks who could go on a college-age spring break trip, and both of them had been snowboarding on the youth ski trip, I talked them out of skiing and into going to some hot springs. In theory this was a great idea. However, we went to Indian Springs Resort
in Idaho Springs. Their website should have given me all the warning I needed as to the caliber of the "resort" - but I went anyway, hopeful based on a friend's past experience there.
We went to the mineral water swimming pool first. It was - how shall I describe it - ghetto? The water had all sorts of crud in it, apparently coming from growth in the pipe that brought in the hot water. The pool itself was cooler than a hotel swimming pool, and the only way to warm up at all was to stand directly beside the hot water inlet, which only warmed the water slightly directly in front of the pipe. It cost $14/person to "enjoy" the pool. We stayed about a half an hour then decided to check out the indoor private baths. I was not impressed with the indoor private baths either, although the water was very hot and did feel good for as long as I could tolerate it. If I was returning from a day of skiing and wanted to soak, it would almost be worth sitting in the hot water, although I would probably prefer getting a hotel room and enjoying their less-hot hot tub, so I could actually sit in it long enough to enjoy it more.
In all, for 3 of us it cost $81 for about an hour and a half of soaking. The facilities were very poor, given the cost of the whole experience. In the end, if you are lucky enough to read this review prior to a hot springs trip - my advice is DO NOT EVER GO, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, TO INDIAN SPRINGS RESORT IN IDAHO SPRINGS. I have never been to any other hot springs, but any hotel pool and hot tub would have cost considerably less for 3 people, and the quality and experience would have been much better. I could go into more detail about the low quality of this facility, but I'll just leave it at "it was bad."
After our soaking misadventure, we decided to take the road-less-travelled through Nederland up to Estes Park and catch a movie. The drive was long, but pretty and peaceful, and we arrived in Estes Park in time to watch the matinee showing of "V is for Vendetta"
We enjoyed the movie. I certainly felt lots of ups and downs with the different stories told throughout the movie. It is graphically violent in a few spots, and there is plenty of controversial material for people who might consider themselves morally conservative, but there are a lot of important themes and messages - particularly (I think) for the American Church.
Over the weekend, I helped Nancy's dad drywall his basement. Nancy's sister Julie and her family are in town this week for their spring break, and Toby (our brother-in-law) has done a majority of the work this weekend and week. I was pretty sore from skiing, so it was a bit painful to work on the drywall, but we finished hanging it all, and it felt nice to work with my hands and see something big get accomplished.
Tyler and I are back in the office this week, busy as seems usual these days.
I think I need a break from it all soon. This summer is our tenth wedding anniversary, and I would love to take a real vacation with Nancy to celebrate. We can't go until the fall when Abby is weaned, but we're trying to plan something big for just the two of us - maybe a cruise or some tropical, all-inclusive resort - we'll see how money goes over the next few months.