We got our first crisp day of autumn today here in D.C. With the beginning of fall, some people's thoughts turn to vacation plans for the cold months ahead.
Maybe it's a trip to someplace warm. In other cases, the choice is winter sports.
For those thinking about a ski vacation but don't have friends who ski, here's a post I wrote about how a ski-loving friend dealt with the situation:
Although my friend Elaine is skiing in Park City, Utah, alone, she's making friends right and left. Okay, they're friends for five minutes, but what's the difference? She's being entertained, being social and not feeling lonely.
"I have five-minute relationships with people on the chairlift," she says. "Then it's, 'Have a nice life.' " And off she goes, carving her way down the snowy mountainside.
I worried that Elaine, who has gone solo on plenty of biking, skiing and other group adventure tours, would not have a good time going skiing for a week in Park City, Utah. All by herself. In a condo without her pals.
Instead, I'm envious of her vacation. No, it isn't perfect. Nothing's ever perfect. She misses the camaraderie from the time a couple of years ago when she, our friend Andrea, and I traipsed out West together, eating out, waiting for each other on the slopes and laughing. A lot.