Pinedale Skating

by Mary on January 10, 2018


Faithful Toula

Hi friends. I’m in Pinedale, Wyoming this week to visit and skate with coach Ty. This is a small town but it has a really nice rink where Ty is now the skating director. So far I’ve been in skating heaven. We had the ice to ourselves during the public session both yesterday and today.

The sweet dog above is Ty’s faithful companion Toula. She is known and loved by many, including me. Her eyes never leave Ty while he skates.

Ty is starting an adult edge class, but since today was the first day of it and club communication was unclear, I was the only student. Ty taught edge class a couple of times in Seattle, and those were among my favorite edge classes ever. Today was relaxing and fun too.

Ty’s given me great tips on my moves, program, and we’ve even dusted off the Foxtrot a little. I hadn’t skated it since he left town.

I’m staying at the Log Cabin Motel in Pinedale. It was built in 1929 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The cabins are recently renovated and extremely cute (and affordable). If you are ever in Pinedale I recommend it.

Log Cabin Motel

I don’t want to leave, but my next stop is enticing. I’ll be going to the Adult Getaway through the 7K Skating Academy in Monument, Colorado. Looking forward to hanging out with all the other adult skaters.

Philco fridge

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Eva at Eva Bakes January 10, 2018 at 4:20 pm

Oh how awesome that you get to skate with Ty again! Please keep us posted on the 7K adult skate camp. I’d love to attend sometime!
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Mary January 10, 2018 at 5:26 pm

It would be fun to meet there!


Jo January 11, 2018 at 12:25 am

Oooh, awesome skating adventures! That dog is soooo cute, and the cabin is equally adorable. I’m so glad you got to hang out with your former coach. I want a full report on the Adult Getaway–won’t be able to getaway myself for a while, so I’m living vicariously through your skating adventures!
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Mary January 17, 2018 at 4:42 pm

The getaway was really nice, they have a very positive atmosphere at that rink. It will take me a while to digest what I learned there but I’m inspired. Ty is still one of my coaches in my mind, I plan to and skate with him when I can.


Laurie January 11, 2018 at 6:57 am

Oh Mary how wonderful that you were able to visit and skate with Ty. Sounds just what you both needed.

The cabin is awesome. Maggie would love it.

Enjoy Colorado too! How long is your winter vacation?


Mary January 17, 2018 at 4:43 pm

Just back last night. Yeah it was really a good thing, really glad I went (to both Pinedale and Denver).


Melissa January 11, 2018 at 4:43 pm

I love that cabin motel room! And Toula! So glad you had a private edge class with Ty. Why doesn’t that ever happen for my group classes? They always have MORE skaters than I hoped, which of course is good for the rink. Sounds like it was a fun and productive side trip. Have fun at 7K seminar! Maybe I can do that someday.


Mary January 17, 2018 at 4:44 pm

Melissa, I think you would love it. Something to consider for your calendar for sure, especially if/when you are not as enthusiastic about competitions. With the exhibitions we still get to cheer each other on and there’s lots more togetherness and sharing besides.


Marcia January 19, 2018 at 11:09 pm

You are off on a really fun field trip! Glad you are enjoying and I know you’re getting tons out of it. Toula is adorable!


Wendy January 19, 2018 at 11:16 pm

How fun! I didn’t realize you were doing all this traveling. That lodge is adorable. I can’t wait to read about all your training and adventures.
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Coco January 19, 2018 at 11:27 pm

Sounds like fun and a great chance to improve your skills! That fridge is amazing! Toula is so cute — I’d be keeping my eyes on her.
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Clarinda January 19, 2018 at 11:29 pm

How cool to stay in a historic lodge! Good luck with your skating. Toula is adorable. 🙂
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Farrah January 19, 2018 at 11:41 pm

Aww, that sounds like fun! I’m actually heading out in a couple hours to go ice skating with friends! I haven’t gone in years, so we’ll see how it goes, haha. I need to visit Colorado someday! <3
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Rachel January 20, 2018 at 12:30 am

Awww, that pup is adorable! What a sweetheart. Your cabin looks awesome. 🙂 Have a great time! Can’t wait to hear about your next experience!
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Kimberly Hatting January 20, 2018 at 12:44 am

This sounds like a fun adventure…that cabin look great! It has so much character 😉
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Michelle January 20, 2018 at 1:01 am

Such fun adventures! Your pup is so cute.
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