Royal Gorge, California, US
I looked at ‘There’s no memory card’ warning displayed on my camera and felt mildly irritated.
When else would we find ourselves sharing a cabin with 23 strangers during a Valentine’s Day weekend?
Oh wait, we do this all the time. Every year as a matter of fact.
And no, we don’t belong to an orgy cult or anything like that.
A recipe for a bad reality show?
Meeting a bunch of random strangers off the internet to spend a cross country skiing weekend together sounds like a recipe for a (very bad) reality show. But each time we do this, our concerns have always been unfounded.
The 25 of us belong to a meetup group (check out meetup.com) that organizes backcountry outings several times a month. This particular group happen to consist of people who hard core hikers: people who can hike longer than we can, who can hike further than we can, and people who’ve hiked in places we’ve never even heard of.
In short, people who make Jack and I feel like a couple of whiny-wussies.
Meet the cast
But each and everyone was more than just a hiker/trekker/skier…
We met a self-made millionaire who have spent most of the year backpacking the remote trails of the Sierras and the world.
We met a world traveler cum doctor cum PhD holder.
We met a couple who insist that ‘Bionic Woman’ is the best TV show ever made.
We fell in love with Kathleen Turner in ‘Romancing the Stone’.
We had a what seemingly to be a never-ending potluck (the food just kept coming).
We were all terrible at ping-pong.
We drank copious amount of wine (26 bottles total, I think).
It was the most fun that a group of 25 random strangers off the internet could possibly have together.
No crazy hook ups, no Jerry Springer inspired fist fights, no bachelor/bachelorette to fight over (well, ok — maybe one bachelorette), or contest to win plastic surgeries.
Just too much food, too much wine, travel-inspired conversations between 25 strangers in 1 very neat cabin. Too tame for a reality show — but that happens to be the way Jack and I like our social scenes to be.