She flew to Kyrgyzstan to go boarding in uncharted mountains, and to make a film about villagers who were trying to create a winter sports center to bring much-needed income to their town. On the first day, however, she had a car accident that broke her back in three places.
I was surprised, in both reading the book and speaking with Ken, how many parallels there were with his experience in the mountains and my coming home from war and the role mountains have played in my welcoming home.
"Where you heading young lady?" a curious, wizened old man fueling up nearby asked as I hopped out of the truck. Fumbling in the freezing cold for the pump, I replied, "Schweitzer Mountain in Sandpoint.
There seems to be a belief that only certain people, maybe only those who drink a certain kind of energy drink, belong in certain places until some mythical level of dude-ness is reached that allows you keys to the kingdom.
Both options feature convenient lift service, usually within the confines of a resort so no matter how you choose to experience the mountains, you'll be able to get to where you need to be quickly and easily.