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A List: Things I’ve Done in my Car

  • Drove
  • Slept
  • Plucked my eyebrows
  • Done ┬ámy makeup
  • Gotten changed
  • Gotten changed for an interview
  • Gotten drunk
  • Rode shotgun
  • Broken up with someone
  • Gotten in an argument
  • Napped in the middle of a city
  • Napped on the side of the road
  • Fit nine people in six seats
  • Drove drunk
  • Off-roaded
  • Gotten stuck in snow
  • Poached wi-fi from a home improvement superstore
  • Written snowboarder articles
  • Blogged
  • Had coffee
  • Made a snowboard edit
  • Homework
  • Brushed my teeth
  • Laughed
  • Lost a tire
  • Made sandwiches
  • Called my Mom
  • Called my Dad
  • Texted while driving
  • Read
  • Made jewelry
  • Smoked
  • Made out
  • Driven a drunk friend home
  • Drawn
  • Taken photos
  • Gotten lost
  • Watched the sun set
  • Seen the sun rise
  • Made a plan
  • Thought about being old
  • Thought about about my grandparents
  • Had a heart-to-heart
  • Cried
  • Sewn
  • Painted my nails
  • Lived.

 

4×4 Chains or Traction Tires Required

The warning on the flashing yellow sign was supposedly only speaking to Commercial Vehicles (giant 18-wheeler trucks) but I guess I should’ve known they were talking to me and my little Mazda as well.

Driving out to SIA was an adventure in itself. Before we even got to Denver we’d already had ourselves a crazy sleepless night where people got drunk, people got lost, someone got sick, we got to hang out in a hot tub and the police showed up (not necessarily in that order).

What we all learned: Everyone needs a bathrobe.
What we all learned: Everyone needs a bathrobe.

I knew that we were supposed to get a little snow for the drive out to SIA in Denver, CO. I didn’t know that meant we’d be driving through a snow storm. At 4:00am Thursday morning the 30th of January, my car stopped moving uphill on the Vail pass four miles from the summit during this ‘dusting’ of a storm. Four miles isn’t all that far when you’re driving on the highway, but when you’re pushing a car uphill in a blizzard those four miles turn into a VERY long distance.

This was pre-blizzard; Amanda having a gay ol' time in the Mazda.
This was pre-blizzard; Amanda having a gay ol’ time in the Mazda.

Luckily, Eli’s beast of a Volvo was still cruising up the pass. With Kevin and Eli pushing the Mazda through the snow and Tyler driving the Volvo we finally were making some uphill progress. Then, even, traction! I broke away from the Volvo and was cruising up the pass a good mile or so before we got stuck again and Amanda and I had to wait for Tyler to meet up with us. Then we got a call from Tyler saying he’d been reversing down the freeway for 15 minutes and had seen no sign of either Kevin or Eli. Oh Shit. It is now 4:30am, the blizzard is still blizzarding, 18-wheeler trucker trucks are flying up around and past us and we don’t know where the hell two of our friends just ended up out there.

Then Amanda got a message from an officer. He was on his way to find us, and had Kevin and Tyler in his car with us. We were so hyped that our friends weren’t plowed and mangled in a snowbank somewhere on the side of the pass!

When we told Tyler he was relieved, then freaked out because, “Amanda I can’t be driving this car when the officer gets here, I’m _____.” (You can fill in the blank here. I’m gonna just leave it at that).

Amanda gets into Eli’s car, the officer gets up to us in his car, I’m still hanging out in my car and we’re all reunited. The officer apparently picked our two friends up, then spun out for about 20minutes in his rear-wheel drive charger somewhere along the pass before making his way up to us. He then offered to try and push us with his car, but after he almost spun out into the guardrail we just thanked him and went back to pushing the Mazda with the Volvo all the way to the crest of the pass.

Planking
Planking

By the time we reached Amanda’s parent’s house it was 6am and none of us had slept at all. So we decided it’d be best if we just skipped the sleep and jumped straight into the hot tub. Once we got suited up in swim wear and bathrobes, we booked it back out into the storm and splashed into the glorious outdoor tub. Sitting there, cracked out from no sleep and our ridiculous adventure on the pass we laughed and joked and froze our ears off watching the sky lighten around us. Giant flakes whipped around the little alcove of the hot tub while we kept laughing and realizing how much you can really get done when you just don’t sleep.

SIA was it’s own adventure and half, with more talking and schmoozing than actual time spent checking out vendor’s booths. I met people, met up with people, ran around, drank, got lost and had one hell of a time. I also linked up with my friends Jeremy Dubs and Andy Stern, and officially got invited along for their trip to Japan. Two weeks later, I’m just as stoked from all of this and I have my plane ticket booked to leave the 19th to fly to Sapporo. Life is amazing, hilarious and one swell adventure. I can’t wait to keep getting after this thing (whatever it is) cause it’s real fun.

Here’s a little photo gallery of all the fun that was had-

Transworld's Riders Poll Awards with Marie-France Roy, Jean-Marie and Chelsea. We drank a lot of flavor whiskey that night
Transworld’s Riders Poll Awards with Marie-France Roy, Jean-Marie and Chelsea. We drank a lot of flavor whiskey that night
Yep. A lot of Blackberry Whiskeys.
Yep. A lot of Blackberry Whiskeys.
Before
Before
After (Hint- this wasn't Tyler's doing)
After
(Hint- this wasn’t Tyler’s doing)
R1-03736-0016
Everybody needs a buddy
Group shot
Group shot
We're going to Japan! Sugoi!
We’re going to Japan! Sugoi!
Oh yeah, there was product too. I really liked these graphics.
Oh yeah, there was product too. I really liked these graphics.
Kevin starting the day off right
Kevin starting the day off right
Spotted! A set of Smartwools on my friend's feet.
Spotted! A set of Smartwools on my friend’s feet.

 

 

 

My roomates for the duration of this trip.
My roomates for the entirety of SIA. Don’t they look great?
Burton hosted one mean game of Stump.
Burton hosted one mean game of Stump.
This guy in the background flipped me off after I took this photo.
This guy in the background flipped me off after I took this photo.
And there you have it, one hell of a time at SIA Denver 2014. (rolling four-deep in the backseat to get from Denver to Silverthorne and back to my car that was still parked there)
And there you have it, one hell of a time at SIA Denver 2014. (rolling four-deep in the backseat to get from Denver to Silverthorne and back to my car that was still parked there)