Since I enjoy dressing up in costumes, I look forward to Gaper Day every year.
But, Gaper Day isn’t a specific skier or snowboarder holiday. Gapers begin to appear on the ski slopes over spring break in March — a few hardy snowboarders in shorts, women in tutus, and barechested guys impervious to the cold temperatures who ride down the mountain. Gaper sightings surge on April Fools’ Day and explode during Spring Splash parties and the ski resorts’ closing weekends.
On April Fools’ Day, my son Kelly and his fiancé, Leksy, wore Danny’s 1980s ski gear. Danny wore dreads and a fur vest. I donned my pink wig and wings, which came in handy. We headed for Beaver Creek Ski Resort.
It snowed eight inches, and the intense Colorado sunshine warmed the air. We took a few photos at the top.
The heavy snow proved challenging as I started down our first run. I had to work for my turns.
As I skied down the mountain, my knee tweaked. A nasty tweak. The kind of painful tweak that made me wonder if I would be able to put weight on it by the time I arrived at the chairlift.
This is the same stupid knee I’ve been rehabbing all year. Instead of firing up the pinched meniscus or the medial collateral sprain, the tendon above my knee cap overstretched. Why?
I took a selfie in case I had to quit.
So I did what any Wild Rider would do.
I swore at my stupid knee. I informed my stupid knee that I was done with its stupid frailties and endless complaints. My stupid knee would have to suck it up. I planned to ski the whole day.
And I did!
It wasn’t even stiff the next day. I must have scared my stupid knee into healing.
I’m adding cussing out my body parts to my physical therapy sessions.
Of course, the wings helped too.
OR, did my stupid knee play an April Fools joke on me? Hmmm…
Are you a costume person? An April Fools prankster? Are you going outdoors more often now that it’s spring, or is it fall where you live?
Gaper Days from the past: