It was really cool having friends there. Although at one point my teammates were talking about me, and they joked that I am slut! Because I have always have some random friend coming to watch me skate, wherever we go. I think they are just jealous. It's true: I've had somebody from the area come to each of the 4 competitions we've skated so far this year. I'm afraid I'll break the streak in San Diego though, since I don't think I know anybody there. (hm, unless my friend from LA drives down!)
It is always particularly neat to introduce the sport of synchronized skating to a new person. It is so exciting to watch; it's a shame the sport is not more popular yet. After we skated, I watched some of the competition with our new fans. I explained some of the elements and tricks and such as we watched. It was really cool listening to them gasp with fear at some of the passthrus, and hearing them growing to love it!
After skating and collecting our medals, five of us went tubing. Tubing is like sledding, only with inner tubes. We went to a huge hill, at a place that rented you tubes and had a tow rope to drag you back up the hill! All of the fun, none of the work. It was freezing, but really fun...I'm so glad we went! As long as I'm going to be surrounded by snow anyway, it's good to get out and play in it once in a while.
After the tubing, my sister and I went back to G's. While she fixed an extraordinary dinner of prime rib and yorkshire pudding, L and I attempted to do our touristy duties. We walked downtown and tried to buy fudge and cherry butter. Unfortunately the little town had already rolled up its sidewalks for the evening, and nothing was open.
We trudged back empty-handed, forced to play Scrabble and drink wine instead. Bummer. Then we ate, and ohhhh, was it good! G is a great cook. For desert, we feasted on chocolates that C had sent with us for G. My sister won a second Scrabble match, then we watched Chicago -- a movie about women killing their husbands/boyfriends, perfect for V-Day (haha).
Sunday we slept in a little bit, then packed up and headed south. First we made one final stop in downtown, because we were determined to be Good Little Tourists and buy some fudge. This time we were successful, and we got a variety of tasty cherry-themed items. Then, the long drive back....fortunately the weather was much nicer than the drive up.
We drove straight to our "home" ice arena. Despite having competed the day before, we had a synchro practice Sunday night. We have far too little time before Nationals to be given a day off. So we had our usual practice, then we finally headed for home.
Once I got home and changed, caught my breath and read my email, I went out again! It was time for katester, sherdeb, and I to enjoy our traditional No Boys Allowed Anti V-Day celebration, which consisted of food, chocolate, and merriment at Chili's. I was exhausted by the time I got home again, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world.