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Archive for October, 2011

Happy Halloween!

31.Oct.2011 by Hannah Dreissigacker

Clare, Ida and I decided that we needed to celebrate Halloween, even though we were in Finland.  Clearly, this needed to involve costumes.  Also I have a bit of a pumpkin carving tradition that I’m trying to keep up, and since I hadn’t carved one at home before we left, I crossed my fingers and headed to the grocery store.  I was willing to settle for any variety of squash.  But squash doesn’t seem to be a common food in Finland.  Luckily, they were selling 5-euro tiny little pumpkins, which were called “halloween-somethinginfinnish”.  They had stickers on them to make them look like carved jack-o-lanterns, and what looked like instructions on the back of them, but they were real pumpkins, so I bought one despite the price.  There were a plethora of candle options to choose from, which we figured out is in preparation for “day of the dead”–a holiday where they put candles on the graves of their dead.  That happen’s next saturday, so we have another holiday to look forward to also! The pumpkin turned out to be a real pain to carve, so its not one of my finest pumpkin creations, but once it was lit, it did the trick.

We had fun coming up with costumes utilizing our materials at hand, and then we went trick-or-treating to the boys’  and Pepa’s cabins.  We even got candy at both stops!

Our Halloween celebration was completed by making and eating some doughnuts–our first real dessert of the trip!  With no oven, our homemade dessert options are pretty slim, but I think the doughnuts might have to be repeated.

Can you figure out what we all are?

Can you figure out what we all are?

Its definitely an imperfect snowflake--but I don't think any of us would be picky about our snowflakes right now!

Its definitely an imperfect snowflake--but I don't think any of us would be picky about our snowflakes right now!

Facebook and Twitter

31.Oct.2011 by Tim Reynolds

Dearest Green Racing Project friends and fans:

We’ve started a facebook page (Craftsbury Green Racing Project) where we’re keeping a more extensive photo library of the team, as well as a twitter account (@CraftsburyGreen) where you can get more frequent updates about what we’re up to.  Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter so that we can keep you updated!

As always, more detailed stories, news, and race results etc. can be found right here on our blog.

Thanks for reading!

Best from a warm and rainy Finland, albeit with a still solid 3km of skiing.

A Magical Morning

30.Oct.2011 by Susan Dunklee

When I woke up today, I felt like a kid on Christmas morning.  I wanted to rush around the house and wake everybody up and show them the beautiful snow outside.  Unfortunately, there was no one to wake up except Emily, and I figured she’d appreciate being able to sleep in on her day off.  The first thing I did instead was to email out to the Craftsbury junior skiers to cancel morning rollerski practice and replace it with ski practice on the Center’s fields.

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We convinced Lisa (one of the Center's rowing coaches) to put on some skis and join in the fun.

We convinced Lisa (one of the Center's rowing coaches) to put on some skis and join in the fun.

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These apples still taste amazing

These apples still taste amazing

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A game of "cut the pie" on the upper soccer field

No need for kick wax

No need for kick wax

We ditched the skis for a short game of snow soccer

We ditched the skis for a short game of snow soccer

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By late afternoon, the snow was already beginning to disappear

By late afternoon, the snow was already beginning to disappear

A walk around Muonio

30.Oct.2011 by Ida Sargent

As Nordic ski racers, we are incredibly lucky and spend many months of the year travelling around the world, training and racing in faraway lands.  Most of the winter is spent living out of a suitcase and moving from place to place.  But with the focus centered squarely on racing fast, training and resting takes the priority over sightseeing on these trips.  It’s easy to get into the habit of seeing the only ski centers, hotels, and their connecting roads at each race location.  Visiting other places in the local area is often overlooked in favor of time off our feet, letting tired muscles recover.  However most times, these outings become refreshing breaks from the normal rigors and routine of training.  I promised my brother that I would take pictures of all the towns that I visit while travelling this season and I think I will be able to thank Eben for helping me get the full experience of this winter’s travels.

Yesterday afternoon I went for a long walk around the town of Muonio.  With warm temperatures and a sunny sky, it was hard not to go outside.  I didn’t even need my puffy coat and my biggest regret was forgetting to wear sunglasses!

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The red area on the map shows the province of Munio which was established in 1575 and has a current population of around 2500 people. We are staying in the town of Muonio in this province and it's about 300km north of the Arctic circle and a couple of kilometers from the Swedish border.

Here are the Lomamaja Pekonen cabins, our home in Muonio.  We are staying in the cabins on either side of the cars which are the exact same cabins we rented last year.

Here are the Lomamaja Pekonen cabins, our home in Muonio. We are staying in the cabins on either side of the cars which happen to be the exact same cabins we rented last year.

One street that goes through town

One street that goes through town

And the other street in town

And the other street in town

A very bright sun for northern Scandinavia.  I boosted my immune system with a healthy dose of Vitamin D today.

A very bright sun for northern Scandinavia. I boosted my immune system today with a healthy dose of Vitamin D.

This is the church that overlooks the town.  There is a cemetery behind it that has candles next to each grave.  It's a neat sight after dark.

This is the church that overlooks the town. There is a cemetery behind it that has candles next to each grave and makes for a neat after dark.

S-Market is one of two grocery stores in town.  The other option, Kmarket, is somewhat visible in the background.  Groceries are somewhat limited at this latitude so we've eaten a lot of meat, potatoes, beets, and other root vegetables.

S-Market is one of two grocery stores in town. The other option, Kmarket, is somewhat visible in the background. Groceries are somewhat limited at this latitude so we've eaten a lot of meat, potatoes, beets, and other root vegetables. I was very surprised to see Ben&Jerry's ice cream in one of the stores here, but at alsmost 7Euro/ pint, it's a bit out of our budget.

The sport store in town caters almost exclusively to Nordic skiing, Nordic walking, and snowmobiling.

The sport store in town caters almost exclusively to Nordic skiing, Nordic walking, and snowmobiling.

There is a wide river flowing through town with marshy sections like this one which is across the road from our cabins.

There is a wide river flowing through town with marshy sections like this one which is across the road from our cabins. There are also a lot of lakes in the area.

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The ski area, Olos, is at the base of this hill.  If you look closely you can see the big windmills that spin over our heads while we ski.

The ski area, Olos, is at the base of this hill. If you look closely you can see the big windmills that spin over our heads while we ski.