new york times

Sometimes family members get written up, the article below by the New York Times fell short.

It was a short-notice email call to action, "we need the youngest and best snowboard athletes on Monday morning!".  When the NY Times makes a request, you take heed!  We'd be proud to show the country what children in the West are doing -- working hard, following passions, and balancing life.

Instead, a different slant is produced with a slightly bizarre account of something that happened a few years ago.  I guess that sells papers...

It certainly brings out the worst in online commentators, for a while I followed along but then felt sick.  Negative and vitriolic comments are akin to opening a game of chess with your rook's pawn.  How does the West communicate with the East?

Well, I could explain here on this site.  By the way, thanks for visiting!

Our children's lives are about so many things.  As parents we are always far from perfect but expect them to live, grow and succeed through their own accomplishments.  Setting an example helps.

As a family we've removed ourselves from city life and aspire to connect with a natural environment.  There are no video games allowed -- but sometimes they are sneaked on this very computer under the guise of educational?  A balanced life may include dual immersion at school (half the day in Spanish), board games like Scrabble and chess, intense focus on other sports like soccer, cello practice, tending a home orchard, and building stone walls.  Community involvement is highly valued because we are limited with population, about 4 people per square mile in our county.  Community is also about enrichment classes, community garden, volunteering, supporting the library, and building a new skateboard park. 

Perhaps what the East does not understand is that the West has a connection to the landscape.   Well, some of us do -- much of the country has abandoned the path.  It's the connection that drives our recreation.  Kids jumping on snowboards is not extreme, they've been perfecting those skills all along and can safely show the rest of us how it is done.   They live in a physical world, be proud of your children, and the others too!

Little John working the crowd and action photographer Levon Biss (in red) with a tweaked out method.

Golden Apples of the Sun -- representing the Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team.

It was a cold wintery day, about 6 inches of fresh snow had fallen the night before.  All of the children were treated to snowmobile shuttle service, a first for them.   Yosemite Valley is on the other side of the cloud capped mountains.

Throwing down under the watchful eyes of Mammoth coaches and Mammoth Unbound.