Hiking in Aspen
Along the trail up to Smuggler's mine- one of Aspen's local trails. The late May snowmelt has caused the substantial creek flow. Unfortunately, the upper elevations, and trails, remain packed with the wintry residue, making hiking in the Maroone Bells- Snowmass wilderness impossible.
Trip to Aspen
"The Motherlode Tournament"
So there were about 24 of us from the L.A. area that met up in Aspen to participate in The Motherlode tournament, a huge grass doubles volleyball tournament that attracts people from all over the country, even the pro beach players.
Some of the people had played in the tournament before, but this was my and my partner's first time. In fact, it was the first time playing together with my partner, Berne. Here I am trying to put up a good block.
We actually did pretty well considering the fact that we had never played together before, played for the first time at that altitude, and lost in the quarterfinals to which tons of other teams didn't make.
Our main objective was to just have a good time so making it that far in the tournament was definitely a bonus. It was also quite an experience playing in that setting, with the beautiful mountains in the background and the clean, crisp, but THIN air!
The most interesting part of the tournament for me was perhaps the rain delay. To me, rain delays happen at baseball games, not at a volleyball tournament! However, the rain came, we waited around for it to stop, and when it did stop we proceeded to play on slippery, wet grass with a heavy, wet ball!!