Last week, I was reminded just how easy it is to take all the exceptional things we get to do and see in this town for granted.
I’d hiked a portion of the Mid Mountain Trail which, is awesome. And not the kind of awesome that people throw around when they mean, cool. But actually, awesome. As in, inspiring awe.
But I digress. The point is, the trail finishes at the top of Olympic Park. My timing was good, and the shuttle had just pulled up. Figuring I’d take the shuttle down, at least part way and avoid the downhill strain on my knees, I jumped on. There was one other gal already on. She noted that I looked dusty. I told her about my trek and she shared with me her experience as a visitor in from Minnesota. Before she got off, our shuttle driver joined the conversation. We discussed watching the skeleton athletes training.
When it was time to drop her off, at the end of the bobsled run, my shuttle driver offered to take me all the way down to the highway so we could keep the conversation going. Turns out, my shuttle driver, Carl, is also the announcer for the Olympic Park events and has announced in the Olympics. Not too shabby. We talked about all the events and training that anyone can just walk up to and see for free. Olympic caliber athletes in bobsled, skeleton, aerials…thrilling. He talked about how he craves feedback on how things are being covered and explained so he can improve his coverage and make sure viewers get a full experience. Which, we do.
I’ve been fortunate enough to experience many events at Olympic park. It’s shocking just how close you can get to the action. You can watch from the start, turn 12 (where you really get a sense of just how fast the athletes travel) and the finish. I’ve also walked the museum many times, watched ski-jumpers and taken visitors to the zip line, ropes course, alpine slide and extreme tubing. Question: Who else gets to do all of this? Answer: not many. Conclusion: Appreciate all we have.
Thank you Carl, for the lift and the reminder.
Cheers to your next visit,
Your Resort Resident