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My Extreme Aspen Experience: ESPN Winter X Games

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Snocross practice for Winter X-Games 15!!Snocross practice for Winter X-Games 15!! Day 2 was spent watching, Watching, WATCHING!!
I filled the hours watching X-Game activities:
Snowmobiles and there amazing riders doing back-flips while they practiced the Best Trick event to be held the next day. I was able to gain access to the top of an extremely tall “scaffolding” building that truly gave me a birds eye view of what was taking place around me. I was well above the Snowmobiling area and as the sleds hucked themselves into the air the fact that I was still above them made my stomach do the same kind of flip! Snowboarders practiced racing each other down iced-up courses in hopes of being the first to the bottom and they re-vitalized my own need for speed! Maybe one day I'll actually enter a Boarder-Cross event myself!! I finished the day watching our urban snow riding friends do there thing in the new “Snowboard Street” event that wowed the crowds. This event showcased the desire to “ride” under ANY conditions no matter where one might be. It helped me to see that the cities have there own secret mountains. We just have to open our eyes and our minds to the possibilities that surround us just like these incredible guys did AND do :)

After heading “home” and chillin' out for a bit I decided to head out on the town with my peeps ;) I'm no longer involved in the mainstream party scene but do enjoy the nightlife now and then. We decided to just walk into town and see where we ended up. Downtown Aspen was hopping and after getting denied at our first 3 stops we were lucky enough to find ourselves entering The Red Onion. The place was packed, both bar & dining area, so I found myself a comfy spot to lean near the stairs to the restroom and the host's podium. After chatting with an employee about having spent much of my own personal life behind the apron, working late, busy season in action and general restaurant stuff I came to find that the gentleman I had been speaking with was one of the owners of this famed eatery! What a pleasure it was to meet someone able to look past there label and interact with me on an honest and down to earth level. My social goal now complete I decided to head back to the condo. Day 2 done :)