A Wonderful Mother’s Day


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | May 12, 2010      

We leave the trailhead at 4:30 a.m. Black sky soon turns navy, the birds start chirping and we turn off our headlamps. The temperature is mild. We pause for a brilliant sunrise. Divine.

Mount Sopris backcountry skiing ski mountaineering mothers day.

Mother and son enjoy sunrise over the Gore Range, as viewed from Mount Sopris, Colorado. Please click image to enlarge.

There’s a book, The 5 Love Languages, that I read years ago. Author Gary Chapman outlines five love languages: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and physical touch. While we need a certain amount of each, one is often an individual favorite and makes us feel valued. The trick is to discover someone’s language so you can express your love in a way that hits his or her core.

Lou and Louie have me figured out. It means the most when they carve out time to spend with me. And for Mother’s Day, I got the perfect gift, a weekend full of fun and togetherness.

The majestic presence of Mt. Sopris dominates the views where we live in Colorado. I love Sopris for the memories it holds. In the summer, we bike along the big mountain’s Wilderness boundary to Hay Park and Old Snowmass. And in the spring, we backcountry ski from the summit on Mother’s Day weekend, one of my favorite family traditions.

The hike up is a long easy slog. The last forty minutes of booting up to the ridge brings us to another spectacular view: the vast Elk Range on the south, looking like snow covered Alps; our lovely green valley on the north.

Mother and son on Mount Sopris, love language of the mountains.

Mother and son on Mount Sopris, love language of the mountains.

There’s a bit of breakable crust on the top, but otherwise the ski down is a delightful schuss to the hiking trail. We get back home in time for a BBQ with the Denali boys, a gathering of friends and family to send them off on their big adventure.

I thought that was it for my Mother’s Day celebration, but Louie surprises me the next day with a road trip to Colorado National Monument for an afternoon hike. After an hour on Otto’s Trail, we come to Independence Monument, a desert tower he climbed the week before. Along the way we see big horn sheep, a strange large lizard and blooming cacti. A slight breeze softens the air. We get back to the car at dusk and grab a bite to eat. As we drive home, I am completely happy. My love language has been spoken and I’ve heard it loud and clear.

Comments

8 Responses to “A Wonderful Mother’s Day”

  1. matt May 12th, 2010 11:21 am

    was the raod clear to the parking lot?

  2. Ryan May 12th, 2010 11:43 am

    Beautiful picture, and a good book (I just got done reading it myself)!

  3. Lou May 12th, 2010 2:05 pm

    Matt, sure, the road has been melted off for a while now…

  4. mom of the Taam family May 12th, 2010 3:16 pm

    how lovely!

  5. William Collins May 12th, 2010 3:36 pm

    Loved the article and the pictures. Happy Mother’s Day.

  6. Barbara Collins May 12th, 2010 7:14 pm

    As directed by William to read this article I immediately am zapped to many of the familiar places you mention. It is good to see your wonderful faces, smiles and places you share with all of us. Miss you and thanks for giving us a glimpse.

  7. Lisa May 13th, 2010 5:47 am

    William Collins, wow, such a treat to hear from you! Too bad you didn’t join us on your snowboard. We have a picture of the boar hunt on our refrigerator which always makes me think of you.

  8. Lisa May 13th, 2010 5:54 am

    Barbara, dear friend, you are part of my cherished memories of Sopris. I often think about the times we went riding. That was so much fun! Rocky and Jet sure were nice horses.

Got something to say? Please do so.





Anti-Spam Quiz:

You can subscribe to comment notification by checking the box to left, but you must leave a brief comment to do so, which records your email and requires you to use our anti-spam challange. If you don't like leaving substantive comments that's fine, just leave a simple comment that says something like "thanks, subscribed" with a made-up name. Check the comment subscription checkbox BEFORE you submit.
If you need an emoticon for a comment just copy/paste off the following list, or use text code you might be familiar with.

:D    :-)    :(    :lol:    :x    :P    :oops:    :cry:    :evil:    :twisted:    :roll:    :wink:    :!:    :?:    :idea:    :arrow:   
  
Due to comment spam we moderate most comments. Please do not submit your comment twice -- it will appear shortly after approval. Comments with one or more links in the text may be held in moderation, for spam prevention. If you'd like to publish a photo in a comment, contact us. Guidelines: Be civil, no personal attacks, avoid vulgarity and profanity.

  Your Comments

  • Hans: Hate to interrupt Mr. Howell digging himself into a giant hole, but I teste...
  • ptor: Amazing skin(ning) savers!...
  • Camilo: Remember to sharpie your name on your straps to prevent thieving ski partne...
  • XXX_er: strapping your heel down to the ski when (as opposed to if) the RAD 1 hee...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Thanks Wes. I'll tell you one thing that I measured in my shop: any tech bi...
  • Hacksaw: They also make great fire starter. If you don't mind the burning rubber sme...
  • Shawn: When our chief export is weaponry, doesn't hold much promise for solving a ...
  • Wes Morrison: Maybe vague is a better description than mushy. It left me wondering why I ...
  • See: Thanks Rick. How is a single pivot lateral release heel different from your...
  • Lou Dawson 2: I'm surprised I've not seen more maintainence up there. Some of the old fen...
  • Aaron Mattix: The Sunlight/Williams Peak area could certainly benefit from some Angry Bea...
  • Mike: We passed a super-lightweight party on the Monarch back in 1994 doing the M...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Rick and all, please don't use double quote marks in your comments. Our spa...
  • ptor: Skiing the piste is dangerous!...
  • Rick Howell: Hi See. With Howell Ski Bindings (not KneeBinding) there is 'overbite" to ...
  • See: I wonder what (if any) compromises have been made in the area of rear bindi...
  • Rick Howell: @Lou: A sloppy connection between the boot and the ski is UNsafe at any sp...
  • Lou Dawson 2: KneeBinding is supposed to be safer. On snow. On the internet, however, who...
  • Rick Howell: @Wes: Your experience is why new Howell Ski Bindings exist. @Lou: To...
  • Lisa Dawson: A wonderful read and beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing your lovely adve...
  • XXX_er: Before anything else happens, let me make some popcorn!...
  • Louie III: I was a bit skeptical of the sleds initially, but ended up being pretty psy...
  • Ed: Excellent style, hats off to you men....
  • Frank Kvietok: Wonderful trip, thanks for sharing. Following on Lou's gear-related comm...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Thanks for the impressions Wes. It appears the lift at the heel is necessar...
  • Wes Morrison: I mounted a knee binding on a pair of K2 Press a season ago, and did the Pe...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Nice TR you guys. Coop, what you're saying how gear improvements in weight ...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Max, thank for chiming in. I'd add, as a small voice whispering in a windy ...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Hi Austin, thanks for dropping by. I hear you on the Longs approach, that b...
  • Austin Porzak: Thanks for mentioning the Ski RMNP project! We've been having a blast climb...

  Recent Posts

Facebook Twitter Google Instagram Youtube
Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information & opinion website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free ski touring news and information here.

All material on this website is copyrighted, the name WildSnow is trademarked, permission required for reproduction (electronic or otherwise) and display on other websites. PLEASE SEE OUR COPYRIGHT and TRADEMARK INFORMATION.

Backcountry skiing is dangerous. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. While the authors and editors of the information on this website make every effort to present useful information about ski mountaineering, due to human error the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow owners and contributors of liability for use of said items for ski touring or any other use. ...

Switch To Mobile Version