The following are club activities and photos that occurred in 2014.
Articles & Photos from 2014
This page is still under construction and more articles and photos from 2014 activities will be added shortly and photo orientation will be fixed.
Crescent Ski Week — Lake Tahoe, NV
by Mark Mabry
A week or so before we were going to leave for Tahoe I started watching the weather reports and skiing reports in the area. What an ugly site that was… mountains ½ open and no snow in the forecast. Knowing how good the snow can be in Tahoe, especially at Kirkwood after a powder dump, my hopes for a good ski trip had dwindled. We made the trek out there and when we flew into Salt Lake City and saw snow everywhere my hopes were that maybe, just maybe, they had some snow further north on our next stop in Reno. Alas, when we flew into Reno a few hours later all we saw was high plains desert. Our first day of skiing was Heavenly on Sunday and much to my surprise the snow was good. The whole mountain wasn’t open and with Gun Barrel closed (double diamond bump run under a main lift) I didn’t get my chance to freak-out Baker or Sliger with the lift ride up that slope, maybe next time. The views from the top of Heavenly are some of the best I’ve seen in my 30+ years of skiing. Although not as spectacular as normal with the low snow fall they have had this year, it was still beautiful. Our next day of skiing was Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Olympics. Same story on the snow, not all runs open but what they had open was decent and better than expected. Our lift ticket was good for Squaw and Alpine Meadows which was just a few miles down the road so after a quick lunch the ETMM gang decided to hit both resorts in the same day. The snow and conditions were actually better at Alpine Meadows due to their snow making capabilities. Not many times you can hit two resorts in the same day, the only other two I can think of is Snowshoe & SilverCreek.
The boys took Tuesday off from skiing and did a road trip to Virginia City and Carson City to check out the old mining towns and the mint. Virginia City has been turned into a tourist trap but you could see part of how the old west was laid out and remnants of lots of old mines were scattered around the hill sides. For those that remember Bonanza, that was one of the main towns they visited when they went to the “big city” as they filmed that show around north Lake Tahoe. Carson City is a neat old town as well. Baker is kind of a coin nut so we stopped into a coin shop across from the mint. He and the owner hit it off talking about stuff. He asked Baker to take a look at a coin he had in the case, if I remember it was an 1870CC mint state silver dollar with a price tag of $80,000. I can’t remember exactly what Baker said but it was something like “holy sh!#”. I know I had never seen or held an $80,000 coin before.
We spend another day skiing at Northstar which turned out to be the best conditions in Tahoe. California has been in a severe drought for over 2 years now and Northstar and Alpine Meadows invested in snow making equipment which has paid dividends for them. The last days skiing were back to Northstar or Heavenly depending on your mood since we decided to skip Kirkwood due to poor snow conditions out there. We ventured into Reno on our last night and to get close to the airport for our early Saturday morning departure. As usual the night life was good in Tahoe between the gaming and taking in shows. Some of us took in a magician show and we all did a comedy show at the Improv. Overall it was a good trip, the skiing could have been better but was much better than I expected after watching the ski reports and was better than anything we can get around here. Would you have guessed that Sliger and Baker were martini guys? Me either but they are now after we met up with an old Crescent buddy in Reno at a Martini bar. I guess you can drink about anything and as long as it is in a martini glass it is now a martini. We did learn a few things out there, 1) “Trees Hurt” (Baker didn’t need to figure it out for himself, they had signs to tell us), 2) Sliger’s real name is “Hey Bro” and 3) Baker can do it “Rodeo style” getting onto chair lifts (I’m still not sure what that was but the Bro’s behind him knew). Tahoe is always a fun trip.
Cataloochee Mountain Race
submitted by Mark Dison
ETMM had a 7 racers compete on Saturday and Sunday at Cataloochee. At Cataloochee, the ETMM Race Team placed 4th in points in the Western Division, and is currently sitting in 5th place for the season.
CSC Spring Convention
photos by Barb Lang
Thanks to Barb Lang for serving as club photographer for the Lift Line over the course of the weekend....A Special Thank You to Alan for Running the Beach Olympics and to Michelle Shuford for being our Spring Convention Chair! Through their hard work, we had an incredible trip!
Captain for a Day & Lake Party
by Betsy Pearce
This year we had a wonderful day for the Club’s annual Captain for a Day. Dawn of Hope delivered 23 Residents to Sonny’s Marina around 9:40 AM and we took off on 5 different boats with Residents and Counselors. ETMM had a great turn out with just about as many Mashers present. Thanks to all who participated, donated to the fantastic gift bags, spent time setting up, tearing down, cooking, driving / navigating the boats, loading and unloading the residents, serving lunch, etc. A wonderful time was had by all involved: residents, counselors and Mashers. Thank you to the boat owners for donating your time, gas and engine hours! Special Thanks to Betsy for coordinating the event and gift bags again this year and Alan & Lisa and Wayne & Debbie for hosting the event again! Pics on this page are unloading at Sonny’s, outfitting with PFD’s and loading the boats...
Thanks to Alan & Lisa and Wayne & Debbie for hosting the Lake Party following the Captain for a Day Event!
Watauga Lake Party
by Rookie Sliger
The weather forecast was 80% chance of rain but not at Watauga lake for the party held August 9th. The weather held and we had not seen a prettier day on the lake. No one was out and the water was smooth as glass and it even got hot enough for Lisa Mabry to take a very long swim. There were 11 of us having a great time floating and boating. David did a grand job on grilling burgers. We also celebrated the upcoming special birthday for Sam. The guys were the masters at the bonfire and the bright moon was spectacular. We all had brunch at Sam and Doug's house, yummy.
Club Camping Weekend at Little Oak
by Barb Lang
What an incredible weekend for all this past August 22-24 on beautiful South Holston Lake! Even though the weather forecast was looking grim, what luck we all had! It's an amazing thing when mother nature decides to part the clouds and send sunshine during the day with rain only during the night on Friday roughly between the hours of 11 pm and 7 am just to clean things a bit for us. Luckily we managed to stay dry and were prepared with canopies, besides having Lisa B's House boat. A huge Thank you to Lisa for sharing her Home on the water with all of us! And, what a breathtaking view of the stars on Saturday night from the top of the boat! Also, it was wonderful to see Mark Morgan and his family come out to join us on their House boat as well. In retrospect of the weekend, I suppose we could call ourselves a "Lake Club"/"Ski Club" as ETMM does not lack for lake toys nor the enjoyment of the water. Thanks to everyone for bringing food, sharing their friendship and making this a memorable event!
P.S. We also got to say Happy Birthday again to Sam Baker (3 times that I know of) so that she is officially 180...way to go Sam!!!
Boone Lake Potluck Picnic
by Jill Kaufman
We had a really great turnout at the Club Potluck Picnic at Jill's. Over 20 Mashers showed up to celebrate the end to the summer boating/lake season. The lake level was still almost full pool, thanks to the race at Winged Deer the following weekend (we just need to figure out how to get that race pushed out to October...). The water temperature must have been pretty decent, as Rookie, Lisa B and Barb spent quite some time in the water. The food was wonderful as always, we almost didn't need to fire up the grill with all the delicious grazing food everyone brought. Thanks to John who did a great job serving as the Grillmeister! ...And thanks to everyone who stuck around and pitched in to get everything cleaned up! If you haven't hosted a party for the Club, it’s not that much work, as everything is clean and back in its spot before the last Masher leaves.
at the McCue's
Thanks so much to John and Terrie McCue for hosting yet another successful Wine Tasting at their beautiful home of many decks and steps on Boone Lake! What a magnificent view of the Lake in the Fall evening and a wonderful way to celebrate the Fall colors. There were of course plenty of tasty wines to sip and choose personal favorites, as well as finger foods to nibble on. Thanks to all who brought wine and food to share. As the evening progressed, I must say it appeared that all of the wines became personal favorites for the increasingly joyful "Oenophiles". What an interesting noun for one who loves or is a connoisseur of wine. Whereas "Oenology or enology" is the science of winemaking for those interested in linguistics, and, just to take it one step further, if enough wine is ingested then everything becomes "oenological"! (Yes, that really is a word!).
Cheers to Fall and bring on that SNOW!
by Barb Lang
Several club members decided to go cruising over Halloween aboard the Carnival Glory to Cozumel, Honduras, Belize, and Grand Cayman Island. In celebration of Halloween, we decided to be the Beverly Hillbillies. Aaron (Jethro), Cindy (Granny), Sam (Ellie Mae), Doug (Jeb), and Larry (Mr. Driesdale). I myself snuck into one picture as just myself! Unfortunately, didn't get the time to get in costume as Jane.
Season Kickoff Party
by Barb Lang
Yes, amazingly it's that time again! Unbelievably so, December 1st is just a few days away. For this year the Mogul Mashers have apparently done a wonderful job calling forth the Snow Gods and their buddy Jack Frost as the Country has been getting repeatedly engulfed with Arctic Air blasts. Just last week, my family in Buffalo, NY were buried under seven feet of snow. Now that's something when you have to exit your home via the second story window. With our chants to bring on the snow and get to the slopes, hopefully some of that snow will shift our way so ETMM can strut their stuff with our downhill races commencing later in December. For all those racers out there...get READY! For all those wanna-be Mashers...COME ON!
Thanks so much for Mark and Lisa Mabry for inviting all of us to their home to celebrate the on-coming Winter Season and the sport we love. As always we had a wonderful time enjoying food, drink, and fantastic friendship! Tis' the Season to be Jolly, Happy and Healthy!!!
Club Christmas Party
by Barb Lang
This year the Mogul Mashers were invited out to Abe Lincoln's home on Boone Lake to celebrate the Joy of Christmas, and we thank you so much Abe for all your planning and hard work to make the party a success! Abe did an outstanding job with decorating his beautiful lake home conveying the beauty and bonding of friends and loved ones during this wonderful time of year. Additionally, Cheers to all who participated in the festivities and shared food, drink, and gifts. Of course we all had plenty of fun playing "Dirty Santa" which seems to have developed into an ever increasing game of strategy to get that prize gift. A special Thank you to Rookie for again playing Santa with organizing this gift giving event! From the pictures, all can see what a great time we all had!