Biographies are studies of someone's life based on cumulative research. Good ones may reveal something, but probably barely scratch the surface of what actually went on. The internet is allowing me to do something VERY different.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum
Friday, November 17, 2017
The Daze of My Life: Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #72:
Daze, #72: In the morning, my Dodge van once again performs admirably and starts up, but the day is not getting any warmer than the past two, which were brutally cold, so Vicki and I decide to continue on our road trip. The next stop involves a short stay at the Cliff Lodge in Snowbird, Utah. Although, the resort is a GREAT ski destination, I am not going there for that reason. We are stopping by to install a display of my prints, and participate in a reception. Owners of the Cliff Lodge, saw my work displayed in Sun Valley and on the pages in POWDER magazine, and thought my subject matter would appeal to their high-season winter audience. As Vicki and I get closer to Salt Lake City, the weather warms considerably, and clouds begin to push in from the west. By the time we arrive at Snowbird and the lodge, it is snowing lightly. The lodge, and our room, are spectacular - dramatic accommodations for lounge and dining include huge glass windows that look out at the steep slopes of the resort which are literally surrounding you; ski conditions have been excellent, so the resort is packed and everyone is excited because more snow - fresh powder - is coming; and, the dining is also excellent. The next day it snows on-and-off, and Vicki and I do the exhibit installation. After a great day for the skiers, my reception that night is packed with enthusiastic viewers, and as we close down the bar, post-reception, someone notes that it is REALLY starting to snow outside. When we come down for breakfast in the morning, the place is jammed with many impatient people, and THE WINDOWS HAVE BEEN SHUTTERED! We have had a massive snowfall (10ft+). The resort is closed for avalanche control, and the windows are shuttered because the hotel could be hit. Around 10:30, the all-clear is given, and throngs of eager skiers, rush to the lift lines to be the first to put tracks in deep, untouched powder. Vicki and I plan to drive on to Sun Valley and meet friends, but when we head to the parking lot to dig our car out, Vicki says to me in a panicked voice, “Bobbie, they have towed the van!” We are standing on the high porch of Cliff Lodge looking out over an empty parking lot, and then I realize, it is NOT empty, nothing has been towed - EVERYTHING IS BURIED! We are not going anywhere until they can plow the parking lot. We finally depart around 4pm, arriving late in Sun Valley to dine with our friends. With colleagues in the DFC&FC, we are going to do a ski tour into the Boulder Mountains, north of Sun Valley, that I hope to get published in POWDER magazine. There is also another task I must perform. My alliance with POWDER has brought me sponsors. Some are ski equipment manufacturers, another is the newly founded Pure & Simple organic foods. In this unapologetically terrible promotional shot, stylish DFC&FC member, Gordon Williams, tolerates the lame, “I-am-eating-these-snacks-can-you-see-the-label-clearly?” pose, and some fancy Fischer cross-country skis creep in from the side of the frame. (Those ARE the Boulder Mountains in the background.)
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