As I watch, the waves from the shore look fun and almost innocent as they crest and then crash over one another. I can taste the salt in the air and watch little rainbows glisten through the prisms of the ocean’s spray. The warm ocean water toward the shore is covered with foam and bubbles from the rumbling waves. As children and their families play in the gritty tan colored sand, I think to myself, “This is perfect.” I make the final preparations on my jet ski. All of the fluid levels check full and there is a faint smell of gasoline mixed with the aromas of salt and fish in the air. I am now ready to brave and jump the mighty ocean waves of South Padre Island! Before the truck backs the trailer into the warm waters at the dock and lowers the Jet Ski into the blue-green abyss, I crank the engine for a final systems check. It roars powerfully, drowning out the sound of the birds circling overhead, as thick black and gray smoke initially pours from the exhaust and then slowly drifts away on the wind’s light breeze. I turn the impressive machine off to finish my final preparations. As I put on the lifejacket and tighten the thick blue straps, I remind myself to stay calm and not to make stupid or impulsive decisions during my journey into the ocean. It is easy to push yourself to the limits and lose track of reality. I must remember to respect Mother Nature at all times and keep in mind that I am not invincible, though at times I act as if I am. I climb aboard the Jet Ski and grab hold of the handlebars, warm from the bright sun. Now the truck begins to back up, gently lowering me, on this powerful machine, into the calm waters of the docking area. As I drift from the trailer, I take a moment to look around and enjoy the peaceful serenity of the smooth, almost glass-like, water.
I push the start button, the Jet Ski roars to life and the power vibrates my seat at first and then settles into a soft rumble. I navigate my way through the docks until I
parallel pieces of plastic? I always have thought that skiing trips provide a great deal of entertainment for me during Christmas vacations. Generally, my family travels to close, Midwest venues such as Sioux Falls, Mankato, or Dubuque. However, the Christmas vacation of my eighth grade year wasn’t exactly what I had become familiar with throughout the previous years. Pulling up to the Colorado ski resort I think to myself how different skiing on the steep slopes of a mountain is going to be compared….
The first time I experience grit was when I first went skiing for my first time at Sundown, which is a ski resort near Dubuque. At first I did not like skiing, because I would always fall, but I was determined to be a good skier. By my second time at Sundown I started to get the hang of it. By my third night I could go down all the hills in a controlled manner, then I started to really enjoy skiing. I then found out if I keep on working and try my hardest on something it will always….
The History of Skiing
Skis have been used for thousands of years, and their use has evolved from hunting and transportation, into a multi-billion dollar industry that millions of people participate in each year. There are many technological advances that have caused skiing to evolve, along with the creativity in people’s minds. In this paper, I will give a brief summary of how skiing has changed through the years and different ways it has been used.
The first depiction of skis can be traced….
Any monetary costs from going skiing, as well as anything you lose by going skiing, wages or time studying.
The cost of skiing instead of going to the library to study is the costs associated with skiing along with the knowledge that could of be gained by going to the library. Since the cost of going to the library cannot be measured in monetary terms, it will vary from person to person. A person who needs to study for a final to be taken on Monday may give up more than someone who is going to the….
Skiing into oblivion
The issue of whether or not our lifestyles are environmentally and economically sustainable has been the source of an ongoing debate and prompted an opinionative piece with an accompanying photograph by Paul Evans, “Skiing into Oblivion” (March, 2008). Contending in a predominately concerned and passionate tone, Evans argues that our consumption of the planet’s resources is irresponsible and that we are becoming increasingly….
participation in athletics and other team activities have taken up a vast majority of my fifteen years, and helped me find a variety of things I am passionate about. Though I am remarkably ardent about anything I embark in, skiing has always reigned victorious to all others. My participation in skiing has alluded me an outlet to escape from whatever outside sources weighed me down, and has given me the opportunity to meet a multitude of benevolent people while traveling in exemplary places. Participation in Squaw….
I was raised to love the endless wonders of winter and the sparkling white flakes that fell from above. I have been exploring and enjoying them ever since I can first remember. Not surprisingly, the first sport I ever participated in was downhill skiing. My dad introduced me to it when I was only two. I have been tearing up the mountain ever since.
I may have been to young to remember but I can only imagine what I thought when my dad strapped two boards on my feet and sent me on my….
One of my favorite activities to do is skiing. It’s a fun-filled rush filled with a flurry of snow. Many skiers use two poles, to both project them forward, or to give them something to grip on for balance. Some skiers are able to ski without poles, but that requires them to be well balanced, and to have a quick recovery. I have been able to accomplish this feat, but it’s as difficult as juggling 10 pound weights.
I don’t ski with many people. I always have gone with either my mother, or my good….
Adaptive skiing has been an advancement of human civilization in the 20th century. The history of skiing began over 7000 years ago. With the recent cultural shifts in viewing people with disabilities, there are far more options for people with disabilities for recreation. Along with advancements in technologies, Injured veterans have led the way for todays mono skiing and other adaptive skiing techniques. Skiing has become available to people with many kinds of disabilities but to understand how….
I can still remember the first time I went downhill skiing. It was a cold and dry November day. It
hadn't been snowing much at the time, so most of the snow on the hills was that slick, jet blown,
artificial-ice/pseudo-snow. Not exactly what a first timer likes to start on.My friend Michael had
been trying to talk me into going on a skiingtrip with him and the local Boy Scout troop for some
I was afraid at first; I had heard many over-exaggerated stories from people who had claimed….