Life’s about living adventurously…taking risks…exploring new things to do…moving beyond what you’ve always done and doing things you’ve probably never done…well, all within what’s legal and morally sound! So much of what I create in the kitchen, ingredients I use, dishes I come up with, is inspired by my attitude about living and each and every day finding new and exciting things. These so-called ‘exciting’ things don’t have to be earth shattering–they can be small things that spice up your life–trying a new finishing salt, exploring a different spice, wearing a pair of earrings that heretofore you didn’t think ‘were you’…you get the idea!
Such is the case with this experience with ‘Skijouring’…I had no idea what the heck it was other than what I and, my hubby, Ben had seen an article about it in the local newspaper. Now, we could have very well have thought, nah, this is something that we’re not interested in…I mean neither of us are horse people…yes, Ben loves to ski, but cowboys and skiing just don’t seem to go together, right? Plus, it’s really cold and who wants to be walking in the snow and ice…yaddddy yadddy yaddddy…talking ourselves out of going! But, we didn’t, and why not? Because one way to get really old, musty and out-of-date fast in life is to stick to just what you know, what you’ve experienced and what makes your feel comfortable! Same thing applies to cooking…new inspiration for dishes comes from looking at ingredients in entirely new ways…pairing things with unlikely partners…just like skiing and horses and cowboys!
So on this cold and blustery Sunday, we bundled ourselves up, got our snowshoeing poles out and headed up the mountain on a snowshoe adventure as a precursor to heading into the old mining town of Minturn, Colorado to watch the ‘skijouring’ event. Once we had burned a heckuva lot of calories up this mountain and seeing the most glorious and divine vistas Mother Nature can provide, we headed to Minturn to the Turntable, a true dive of a diner. Besides being a shrine to Elvis and Marilyn, and I mean in the truest sense of paraphrenalia and even lifesize figures of them, the Turntable is a veritable year-round decor of all the major holidays in one…there’s a shiny lit hot pink Christmas tree, Easter bunnies, Beanie Babies galore, Denver Broncos’ stuff out the ying yang, lifesize stuff Mickey Mouse, and toys and stuffed animals dating back to the 1950s! Plus, there’s Darla and Debbie…the waitresses who’ve been there most of their lives and call this home…talk about characters! After dining on a ‘Baby Boo’ true Mexican heaven with green chili and a burito with everything–eggs, hash browns, the works–I belched, put on my hat, got my hand-held camcorder out, and Ben and I walked over to the ‘Skijouring’ competition!
I’m tellin’ ya, this was something that’s got elements of both water and snow skiing, but one uses a boat and other other a horse…takes all kinds, huh? This was one adventurours afternoon and what it showed me is that what you think may not ‘go together’ sometimes is the perfect match and works–so mix up your cooking ingredients, wear clothing that doesn’t seem to ‘match’ or go together, wear pearl earrings with Gothic crosses, combine gold and silver jewelry together, create a haven in your bedroom with different patterns and colors of linens, covers, throw pillows…life’s way too short to err on the side of caution!
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