Gapers Cheat Summer! Another Wild Photo Adventure

Summer began last Saturday and many of you probably gardened,  went to a farmer’s market or festival. I did what any Wild Rider would do on the first day of summer. I skied!

My husband, Danny, and I wore “gaper” attire for the last day at Arapahoe Basin. According to the Urban Dictionary, “A gaper is a skier or snowboarder who is completely clueless. Usually distinguished by their bright colored clothes and a gaper gap or the gap between goggles and a helmet or hat.”

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Who knew we’d be color coordinated?

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It was about 65 degrees on the bottom, but the temperature dropped on the chairlift.

The conditions appeared to be more than a little thin.

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Gapers ruled at the top of A-Basin!

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A brave soul glides across snow melt on the first day of summer. The ski patrol called it clown skimming.

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After skiing the last run of the season, we found the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour in Keystone, Colorado.

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It was a bacon-eating, rock concert kind of afternoon.

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We decided our gaper attire may not fly,

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…so we toned it down.

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How did you kick off the first day of summer?

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66 thoughts on “Gapers Cheat Summer! Another Wild Photo Adventure

  1. I’m learning so much about skiing by reading your blog. Skiing for me would be hell [slipping and sliding downward], but I can see that for some of you crazy people skiing is fun. Could I just go for the food + drink, skip the skiing altogether? That I could do. ;-)

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  2. On the first day of summer I looked a lot like you. Minus the ski outfit. And the bright colors. And the snout. And plus a lot of sweat. So almost exactly the same!

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  3. Well, I don’t know about summer (what possessed you to go to the snow – haven’t you had enough cold??). But in a way, I’m bucking the norm for me this year by starting winter with a new workout regime. Usually I don’t move during winter, so that’s a pretty good omen for me :)

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    • I have always loved doing the unexpected.
      Good on you, girl! I have started a new routine too. I usually play tennis on a USTA team during the summer and practice a couple of times a week. I decided to play once a week for fun instead and forego the stress. Instead, I’ve been walking and running a trail near our house. Roxy is so happy! :)

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  4. So much fun, Susie. And, love your get-up! Imagine, skiing in a skirt – of all things!! I noticed you brought some things from NOLA. Fedor, and those fantastic boots, too. Brave souls – skimming on such thin ice – er, snow. Great photos.

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  5. “Clueless” You? Never (except maybe to your kids…) Snort Snort (stylishly)
    We used to call it Rock Riding, but there’s still quite a bit of snow – (I appreciate you tryiing to send it here – but it arrive in liquid form, It’s the thought…)
    After this it’ll be up Trail Ridge for snow views?
    Enjoy every minute of it ( like you needed to be nudged)
    Love the outfits! – ….mom always said during the rare frigid cold events that would hit here during the school year: “It doesn’t matter what it looks like, the important thing is to stay warm”…yeah, tell that to an insecure teenager…
    Susie Stylemaker for sure. Cool summer opener!

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    • Thanks Phil!
      I didn’t give the outfit much thought. I grabbed the tie dyed tennis skirt on the way out the door. Next year, I’ll have to bring a feather boa!
      My biggest worry was that it would packed with people, but there wasn’t even a lift line!!!
      I’ve always been more of a trend setter than a follower. The New Orleans trip was a great reminder. That is a blog post in the making…
      Happy summer!!

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  6. Glad you’re finding some use for those new NOLA boots. Rocker skis? Must have come in handy in the puddle- I mean snow melt. Happy summer! May we all celebrate the solstice wearing pig noses.

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    • It’s mud season in the Rockies so they came in handy! It was fun to watch the clown skimmers. I think this was the latest I’ve ever skied even though A-Bsin has stayed open until the 4th of July!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. It looks like you and Danny were in your bliss. The weather was gorgeous in Manhattan last Saturday. I volunteer ushered an excellent Off-Broadway play and then hooked up with a friend where we ate tapas and quaffed our first pitcher of Sangria of the season in the “secret garden” of a quaint Spanish restaurant in the West Village. Our tapas included dates wrapped in your beloved bacon.

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  8. You are gorgeous no matter what, Susie!
    I started summer off with a 300 mile motorcycle ride! Hubby and I took our bikes on a loop around the Mt Rainier area that day. We had about 4 feet of snow at White Pass, but not on the road.

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  9. You guys are so dang cute. I did not start summer skiing. If I recall, I was doing something uber-cool, like laundry or sorting the huge stack of mail and assorted paperwork on my desk. I truly know how to take advantage of the longest day of the year.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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