I had the pleasure and opportunity to coach at Windells Camp this summer for 3 sessions, and cannot think of a better way to get back on the snow realistically after knee surgery. It is a truly special experience to get to pass on your knowledge and love of sport to future generations, and I had a wide variety of kids to do so. Ranging from 6 year olds who had never snowboarded that came all the way over from China- to kids all the way up to 17 that merely traveled from Washington. Coaching is something that takes lots of time and patience, but it is so worth it. It also helps you get back to the basics and make yourself re-learn certain things you thought you had, or have just skipped over because they make you uncomfortable. The kids challenged me and I challenged them everyday, and man do they have a ton of energy! I look forward to spending many more summers at Mt. Hood and specifically at Windells Camp, thanks for having me! Also, huge thanks to Nick Visconti for hiring me on this summer, it was the best possible situation coming back from this injury.
My camper Austen and myself on top of Palmer
Getting my camper Mumi all situated.
Coaches selfies at Multnomah Falls
Coach Ashley, myself and a couple of our campers at the Portland Zoo!
My stepdad has been a huge influence in my life, and snowboarding career. He has been driving cars professionally for a decade longer than i've been alive and at the top level at that. He is a truly humbly, awesome person, and so supportive about my decision to pursue my passion in snowboarding. I was so pleased to be able to watch him in action in Colorado Springs this past weekend 6/29/14. Rick was racing a 58 Lister Jaguar as a tribute to the 50's and the "can do" generation with a salute across the back for his late father (Fred Knoop, and the Navy Seals.) This car screams America! Rick is a very competent race car driver and although this car was not meant to climb hills, you would never had known by the way he drives. Smooth maneuvering and years of experience landed Rick in 2nd place in the Super Unlimited class (the fastest class at Pikes) and this was only his 2nd time at Pikes Peak. He finished the 12 mile race with 5,000 plus feet of vertical to end at 14,110 feet in 10:16 seconds, putting him in 9th overall for the cars. Very proud to have been there to watch him do what he does best!
Lucky for me the day before the race I got to spend it with my family and boyfriend at one of the most beautiful places I have been recently; The Garden of the Gods.
My mother came into town last week as my Stepdad was racing up Pikes Peak. We had a ton of fun exploring Colorado and adventuring around my neck of the woods. Here are some photos from St. Elmo Ghost Town.