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Your Favorite Recreational Sports

Posted on: April 16, 2009 1:26 am
Edited on: April 16, 2009 3:12 am

Since this a sports site and most people like discussing sports I thought it would be different to talk about the sports or games you do for fun.  This is not to recap your glory days of high school but to discuss what sports you are currently active in.  This is also not a forum to argue about what is a sport but a place to celebrate the activities we do for fun.  Most people here like to brag about their favorite team or favorite player.  This is your chance to brag about your athletic prowess or your golf game.

As you guessed from my name I like to ski.  I don’t downhill ski anymore but I go back country skiing with my dogs.  We have an unusually long ski season so I start skiing just after Halloween and ski until the middle of May or June. I also take the dogs hiking in the mountains, usually where there is water so I don’t have to pack water for them.  We also take them swimming on hot summer days and they love to play fetch in the water.  Other sports I do occasionally:

River canoeing on class II or III rivers.  There aren’t any good rivers close to home so I usually go when I’m on vacation.

Windsurfing.  I only go a couple of times a year because of the intermittent summer winds and frequent out of town work.

Bicycling.  I used to go on long road rides and mountain biking but lately I’ve been riding on the local recreational trails.

Bowling.  Once in a great while when the whim hits.

I would like to play team sports such as softball and volleyball but my work schedule has never allowed it.  I would also like to own either a wave runner or sailboat but access to the boat ramps at the local lakes is too restrictive (2 hour wait on summer weekends).

So what does my fellow CBS posters do when they pry their fingers from the keyboard and free themselves from the confines of work and home?





Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2010 3:46 pm

Your Favorite Recreational Sports

I used to play a little league softball. Wish I still could , but a bad right shoulder and back problems have made me a spectator instead of a participant. These days, I just ride my bike around my neighborhood for a half hour or so 3-4 times a week. and when the weather is good, I like to take walks on the walking trails at the local parks. Just getting out for a little fresh air and exercise is about all I can do anymore.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2009 10:42 pm

Your Favorite Recreational Sports

When I was younger we used to throw frisbee for fun but had never heard of frisbee golf and didn't have any local course to play.  Where I live now I have at least 3 courses within ten miles with the prettiest one of them (large shade trees with a creek running through the middle of it) two miles from my house.  You have inspired me dadz to get my wife or one of my friends to give it a try.

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2009 1:21 pm

Your Favorite Recreational Sports

The last couple of years I've had a blast from the past with Disc Golf.  I hadn't played since high school, 20 years ago, but a friend put an 18 hole course on his property and it's been great.  Great exercise hiking through the woods, and in this economy it's hard to beat the cost:  no greens fees and you can get a good golf frisbee for 10-15 bucks.  I even keep a disc in my car at all times now, since I can just drop in and play when I get some surprise free time...
Works great for vacation destinations too:  just played a beautiful course on Hawaii, South Lake Tahoe has 36 great holes (Bijou Park)... there are courses all over, easy to find online.  And you don't even need a course:  last summer we spent a couple of weeks playing across Yosemite National Park, for example, and it was great.   
Another nice bonus is that players of all skill levels can enjoy playing with each other:  my wife and 10 year old both have a great time, and the exercise, fresh air and scenery are far more important than who "wins."   When it's just me and my friends, on.  

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2009 12:21 pm

Your Favorite Recreational Sports

Thank you for sharing your comments RJ.  My mother was an avid bowler and got me to join a league but I never stuck with it long enough to develop any skill.  Now I just bowl for fun and enjoy it when I do.

I never had the desire to jump out of a perfectly good airplane but my wife has skydived a couple of times.  Kudos to you for enjoying such a thrilling activity.

Since: Feb 28, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2009 9:39 am

Your Favorite Recreational Sports

I have two favorite activities I like to do away from watching and seeing baseballs games.

My first is league bowling. I have been in a league for the past 15 years, bowling in both winter and summer leagues. I average around 190, my highest game ever being 278. Just being with friends and meeting new players keeps me on the lanes, no matter where we finish really. In the 15 years, we have won the first place trophy just once for the winter league and placed 2nd on the summer league. 

My second is skydiving. I do this a lot in May of each year, as the weather ain't too bad here in Florida for flying through the skies not having to worry about too much wind or bad storms. I started skydiving when I was in the Army, just have taken it a step further after my 10 years of active duty. Call me crazy for jumping out of a plane and flying thru the sky at incredible speeds, but it's something that gives me the rush I need and it's too fun to only do once.      

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2009 1:05 pm

Your Favorite Recreational Sports

Ifonlyweknew you should definitely make sure you're in good shape before you try such a venture.  You should also make sure you can acclimate to the higher elevation.  I worked on 14000 ft Pikes Peak and my workmate who was in average shape had a difficult time hiking 100 yards from the truck and back.

When I was younger I had a tough crash when I was downhill skiing on Stratton Mountain, Vermont.  It was cloudy, foggy, and snowing that day so visibility was limited.  I started cruising down a steeper narrow trail at the top.  I knew the trail widened out so I figured I would spill some speed when I hit the wide patch.  The wide area of the trail was a sheet of ice so I cruised over to the opposite side of the trail where I saw a patch of fresh snow.  When I got there I hit an unexpected jump, flew through the air, and landed on my butt.  I suffered a broken thumb and a compression fracture of the spine but it got me out of work for six weeks.

SC I am jealous of you living on a lake.  I spend my summer vacation at a mountain lake and frequent summer days at one of the local reservoirs.  A friend and I were canoeing on a pond back in New England.  I said "I wonder how deep it is right here" and my friend and I stuck our paddles down in the water on the same side of the boat at the same time.  We ended up rolling the canoe and laughing our heads off at our stupidity.

F&L I spent a couple of summers working in the 100 degree heat so I understand.  Here we have over 40 days of 90 degree heat so I find my relief either at the reservoir or hiking subalpine trails where it is 20 degrees cooler.

Papa I'm glad you weren't hurt any worse.  My wife used to go on rock climbing trips with her students.  One year I bought her an ice climbing lesson as she had always wanted to try it.  My climbing experience has always been free climbing up canyon walls or road cuts while carrying work equipment.  I had never wanted to try rock climbing because I prefer the more forgiving nature of water and snow instead.

Happy Trails!

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2009 8:57 pm

Your Favorite Recreational Sports

Ron, I used to be into bouldering/ rock climbing alot. My over confidence led to the end of that though. About three years ago I decided to go by myself. So I grabbed all my gear and headed out to a park near by Ramona here in San Diego. Well I climbed a really nice incline about 60 feet or so and decided I would leave. As I was leaving I noticed another rock with a nice slanted upward climb where it cracked nicely to where you would have to slip your hand in and tense it up to be able to pull yourself along upward only about twenty feet then climb back down. It looked easy enough of coarse so I didn't need to use my rope. Right? Wrongo!
I climbed up about fifteen feet. Had to try a cross over leap type thing and my foot slipped and I caught myself. So I decided to try it again. I could'nt save myself that time because the next thing I knew I was on the ground with no one around and my right arm was'nt feeling to good due to the broken arm around the elbow and broken wrist. Boy do things swell quickly when broken.
Being that I was by myself. I had to drive myself. That was the hardest drive ever. I could not use my right arm at all. So I was triing to shift and drive with my left. And for some weird reason I never go to the hospital or doctors. Call me crazy. So I drove 25 miles home.
Of coarse my then fiance now wife was pretty upset with me telling me to go to the hospital and I would'nt.
Two days later I had to go back to work so I had a skateboarding wrist guard on and a wrapped up arm and have not climbed since.

Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2009 6:30 pm

Your Favorite Recreational Sports

I can absolutely guarantee that I am the worst skier in the Northern Hemisphere. I do like to hike the mountain trails in the summer, really any kind of wilderness trails. I'll backpack, but cannot sleep at all, so I'm only good for two nights out at most. The only thing I do worse than skiing is golfing. Also, fish hate me.

My sport is hustling pool halls, especially nasty ones with whiskey bars. Out here, almost everyone is packing a gun, so it's really quite exciting.

I'm kind of a workout rat, and have very nice facilities in my home: treadmill, ergometer, reclining bike, Pilates reformer, universal gym, free weights, step, (dare I say blah, blah). Susie is an athlete so I have my own personal trainer. We have a great hot tub and sauna too, so I guess my place is kind of like private a spa. It'll be in the 100 degrees starting NOW, and lasting for 5-6 solid months, so I think you can guess why I take my exercise indoors.

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2009 6:08 pm

Your Favorite Recreational Sports

Hey Ron, very cool blog. I'm not much of a skiier which is baffling to some seeing I live in Rhode Island. Those are some great experiences you and jaggrrrrl have had. I've been skiing twice in my life but I don't count the first time because I was under the influence of hallucinagenic drugs wearing blue jeans and a black leather jacket. The second time was Wachusetts Mountain in Massachusetts. My friend took me on my birthday and assured me he would take me on the"easy" trails. We took the chair lift to the very top of the mountain where I singlehandedly took out a family of 4 because I had never gotten off a chair lift before. Once I appologized and everyone was back on their feet, me and my buddy Gary started down a trail named "The Connifer Connection." It went pretty decent the first few hundred yards as I cautiously followed my friend. As I looked ahead, I noticed he had vanished. I came up slowly to a plateau and stopped to see my friend at the bottom of a 100 yard hill sloped at about 45 degrees. He yells: "COME ON DOWN!!!!" Damn him!  I went for it and if I had a little confidence in myself, probably would have made it to the bottom without losing my poles and having one of the skis lodged in my ass. I ended up skiing on somewhat easy trails and really enjoyed myself- (I ended up tucking in and it felt like I was going 40-50 mph, although it was probably more like 15-20!) A birthday I will never forget for sure.

I live on a Lake with 22 miles of coastline and have most of my fun on the water. Wheather it's flying around on my Yamaha 1100, 3-seater Waverunner or putting around drinking wine on my dad's pontoon boat, I've lived my entire life around water and couldn't even comprehend not being around water. It's ice fishing and hockey in the winter but my favorite thing to do is take the kids and dogs out on the Lake and blaze our own trail through the snow. The Lake is 56 degrees, I jumped in last weekend but it is still WAY too cold yet. I used to water ski in my younger days when 170 pounds didn't hurt when you fell like 227 pounds does now. I will be getting a kayak soon so my son and I can explore the nooks and crannies of this wonderful Pond we live on. It will be great seeing the sights at 3 mph rather than 53 mph. Lot's of fish in the Lake too- I caught a 3 1/2 pound bass last weekend. Basically, when I am not on this computer, I am outside. Judging by the length of this post, you could have guessed that it is raining like the Dickens here today.

I'll get into my lousy golf game at a later date Ron. I have been playing golf for 19 years and I am a 20 handicap- that should pretty much tell you all you need to know!

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2009 5:41 pm

Your Favorite Recreational Sports

I am not sure this will count but as I am in Seattle and have spent a lot of time looking at mount Ranier, I have really thought about getting into climbing. I have talked to a lot of folks out here who take a vacation just to do this one mountain. I would have to get in shape I guess but that should not take much. I am a pretty active guy. So I will check back in with you after I start doing some climbing. If anyone has any advice I would love to hear it.

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