This song just makes me wanna dance. So hot right now. Get that GOLD! Parental Advisory: Explicit.
I just really, really, really love life lately. Be inspired and inspire others on the daily!
This is how I’ve felt lately. “I ain’t got no worries.” Life is good. Lil’ Weezy killin’ it with the Fear and Loathing knock-off. LOVE it! Viewer discretion advised. —TS
Life as I know it has changed. I can see brighter now, clearer. My heart has never beat so fast and I have never been so overwhelmed with joy from snowboarding. I finally made it to Baldface Lodge in Interior British Columbia. I have been hearing about this amazing place, seeing footage and shots in magazines for years. My buddy IJ was invited by owner and long-time friend Jeff Pensiero and asked if I’d like to join. I couldn’t say no. While I had expected a great trip (I had been to a cat-skiing lodge in Interior before and it was amazing), I had no idea what was going to happen over the course of a week.
We arrived in Nelson after a drive in from Spokane a night early to get settled. The next day after a yummy breakfast at the local spot Grounded, we headed to the heli pad. Up and away we went into the Kootenay’s arriving at the lodge. The lodge is nestled in a private 32,000 acre zone with several chalets next to it. People can stay in the lodge, which is more dorm style, or pay extra to stay in a private two-bedroom chalet. The day of arrival is time to meet the crew, other visitors, and get situated. Every meal is made for you and the staff makes sure you have everything you need at all times.
It was like the best groundhog’s day ever. Each morning there was a stretch class at 6:30a.m., breakfast at 7, then we would load onto the cat at 8:30 and head up the hill. It snowed somewhere around four feet while we were there just to make it that much better! The conditions and terrain were insane. So many fun trees and pillow lines. Each day got better than the last as our group began to gel. Every afternoon back at the lodge soup and snacks awaited. Everyone usually hit the bar for a celebratory Caesar and a stoked sesh on how great the day was. After a sauna and shower a three course five-star meal was set and there was hardly anything left on the plates. We would gather around the bar after dinner, play pool, games and chat with new friends.
On the final day we woke to blue skies and calm winds and prepped for what was sure to be the best day yet. Being able to see all that surrounded me was overwhelming. There were literally hundreds of moments when I stood at the top of a run ready to drop and just felt like I was in a dream. Every run that day was better than the last. I was feeling more confident, the conditions were stable, and the snow was the best yet. I found myself laughing as I turned down the mountain and talking out loud saying “This is insane! This is why I snowboard,” over and over again. I have never felt so in touch with the mountains and how lucky I was to be alive that day. I was happy to have so many great people around to share it with. Thank you Baldface for giving me the best consecutive days and best day EVER of snowboarding in my life. I will be back. —TS
Located in South Lake Tahoe on the border of Nevada and California, Basecamp Hotel is literally steps from the casinos and Heavenly Resort, while remaining a little getaway all its own. What was once The Block Hotel, Basecamp has been revamped complete with a rustic, camp vibey feel. The 50 room hotel features a variety of suite sizes from singles to bunk rooms, that can fit up to 8 people. Read More….
It’s rare to go to a show that’s not only entertaining, but actually makes you think. Think about life, the world and our purpose. I went to the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis show as a fan, but left as a super fan.
From start to finish, Macklemore captivated the crowd with his energetic presence, poppy melodies and engaging lyrics. The sold out show in San Francisco at the Regency Ballroom, was the final stop on The Heist tour, and saying they went out on a good note would be putting it lightly. Packed with teeny boppers and screams so loud I could have easily thought I was at a Justin Bieber concert, the place continuously shook from the noise and people jumping up and down.
For almost an hour and a half, the born and raised Seattle boys, rocked out to notable jams such as “Thrift Shop” (Macklemore borrowed a fans snakeskin jacket during the tune) and “Gold”, while touching on subjects such as gay rights during “Same Love” and relapsing on “Starting Over”. You could actually feel Macklemore’s emotions pouring out on the stage. It was easy to tell how grateful he was for being on stage and what it meant for him to have so many fans there to share his journey.
The white rapper from the Northwest and his best friend/producer/hype man, Ryan Lewis have done it all while remaining independent. That’s what makes it even cooler. The work that they’ve put in seems to be paying off with sold out shows, top records on iTunes and a growing fan base. If you get the chance to see them perform I very much recommend it. Even with all the screaming girls and too cool for school dudes, it is one million percent worth it. There is no doubt these two are on their way to superstardom and for good reason. They have heart and throughly enjoy their line of “work”.
Oh imagine that. I ended up slacking on posting the end of #25daysofholidays. That didn’t mean I didn’t felt guilty about it everyday. I did. But it so happened to snow and keep snowing so I was obviously snowboarding, and I do sadly still work a restaurant job (Christmas being our busiest time) so I kind of sort of have an excuse. Kind of. Anyway, starting the year off RIGHT! Happy New Year everyone. I know people say it ALL the time, but I really do have a great feeling about 2013 and what the future holds. Cheers!
I’ve been slacking on posting my Holiday Awesome, partially because I’ve been dealing with slow ass internet and the other because…oh you know what, no more excuses. Sorry for the delay. Let me do a quick rundown of what’s been happening on Days 14-17 of Holiday Awesome to catch you up!
Day 14: B Bell and Dennis came to visit for the Sammy The Shredder reading at Sierra. They came a day early so we got to ride all day. The conditions were the best of the season and the snow was insane! I was so happy to have them up and hanging out in my zone.
Day 15: We woke up eaaarly to head to the mountain and set up for our first-ever book reading with Sammy and meet and greet. It was an Awesome day filled with lots of laughs, smiles, and joy. It was so nice to see our work pay off and have Sammy meet the kids.
Day 16: We packed up, hit the lake and enjoyed the views for some interviews. Dennis made a mighty fine snow angel, even though it ended up being partially dirt. I was going to go home after, but since I had the week off I decided to head down to see my fam for a few days instead.
Day 17: Reece tries to snowboard on the carpet. He is stoked. Nuff said. I heart him!! My sister and Ryan also helped me try out some yummy drinks for a holiday bevies post I am writing. They didn’t complain.