Snowflakes, headaches and bears…Oh, my!

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Wow. Just….wow! Compton and I cruising Breaking tracks through sparkling powder, gliding through peacefully silent woods…the first ski of the year never fails to amaze me, and remind me how awesome this sport really is. It’s sometimes easy to lose perspective when rollerskiing all summer and fall, but once I…

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The importance of following instructions

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Sculpy Clay. It’s fun. And it also burns remarkably easily. When I took these critters out of the oven, they were stuck to the pan and the whole kitchen filled up with smoke! This turtle was originally light green! And the mouse used to be yellow…. So….read the baking instructions,…

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Missing My Grandpa

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Early this morning, after a brave struggle with cancer, my Grandpa Diggins passed away. My Grandpa (Dr. William Diggins) has led an amazing life as a devoted husband, loving and patient father and grandfather, and brilliant medical diagnostician and surgeon. He loved to go camping and fishing, and to sit…

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My Favorite 10 at Lake Placid

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Now that I’ve been at the OTC in Lake Placid for about a month, I’ve been frequently asked what exactly I DO to entertain myself in between training sessions. So here’s my answer: my top 10 favorite things to do at the OTC. 1.Go around the rollerski loop at the…

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The Jump Towers

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On one of the nice sunny days we’ve had out here in Placid, I took a stroll down to the jumping complex. There were lots of people as it was the “flaming leaves” jumping competition, but I snuck up the back way because I forgot my card that says I’m…

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Climb to the Castle!

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Today was the annual Climb to the Castle rollerski skate race – 5 miles up to the top of Whiteface mountain where there actually IS a sweet stone castle. It’s a long race, and there are a lot of switchbacks. And you never realize how high you’ve climbed until you…

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