The first few runs were perfect. Soft snow groomed into corduroy. We all loved it. Sarah even commented on my non stop smile. Joel forgot to put his jacket in the car and so he used one of my Norda's fleeces. It worked well.
I'm happy that teenager Sarah is still happy to ski with her old dad and her two younger brothers.
Last year driving up Big Cottonwood Canyon to Solitude, the alternator on the Subaru went out. I did not have a cell phone so we waited until a canyon policeman stopped to help. We used his phone to call a tow truck and to arrange to have Marie meet us at Doug Smith Subaru in American Fork. I was not happy to have something similar happening again. Just last month we spent a lot of money on the 1997 Subaru's 130,000 service (at Doug Smith) hoping that it would be able to render several more years of service to scouts and skiing. I kept thinking the worst--that the car had climbed its last mountain.I was delighted today to find out that Saturday was not the Subaru's last day. Apparently the timing belt had skipped out of line (or something like that) which killed the motor and the automatic brakes. I explained to the Doug Smith service guy earlier today that the car had just been serviced by them last month and that I had three kids in the car on a very dangerous road. I'm not sure what policies were put in to place (fear I might press charges or just good customer service) but I was certainly happy to find out that there was no charge for fixing the timing belt. Horray! We were prepared for the worst which meant being either a one car family or having to buy a new car we couldn't afford. Special thanks to Marie who made the car the focus of her Easter Sunday fast. Her prayers have also worked on the washing machine.