Copper 2011: Ice Skating and a Friendly Game of Pool

The thing about going to Copper in March is that the weather can vary quite a bit. You know, completely different than here in Missouri where it can snow one day, be 60 degrees with thunderstorms the next and then back to the snow.

This matters largely because if it’s been too warm there is no ice skating along with requisite falling on your butt which is handy when you need something to complain about for the remainder of the trip. There is nothing quite like the phrase “My butt hurts” coming out of the mouths of kids.

Oh, and did I mention there is an ice cream place that rents out the ice skates. I’m sure that wasn’t any sort of grand plan…

Ahhh….they almost look innocent

Ice “hockey”

Not to be kept down by skating mishaps, we continue getting out of our car claustrophobia by teaching the kids learn the finer skills in life. Like playing pool. Salsa Mountain Cantina has great Mexican food, a pretty good margarita and a pool table.

Never ones to miss out on a rousing chance at family rivalry, we (by which I mean Mike and the kids) like to take their turn playing pool. Mike has to play either one-handed or with the cue behind his back. I’m sure he’ll be ready for some sort of tournament any day now.

Pool Shark #1…
…and Pool Shark #2

We also met a new friend – Dale, who happens to be in charge of the Tubing Hill. It reminded us of meeting Ernie at Aloha Mixed Plate when we were in Hawaii. You just never know where you can make a new friend or be reminded of an old one.

I think we might all be ready to hit the slopes.  Ok, not me, but the rest of them…