We last visited Steamboat two years ago this week when Jacqueline, my wife, was unfortunate enough to break her left leg on the slopes. The leg has healed and she finally goes back into the hospital March 8 to have the plate removed from her lower leg.
I meant to write when we got back to England to say thanks to all the wonderful people who helped us at that time, but there was so much to do and so little time.
So belatedly, heartfelt thanks to the ski patrol, who managed to get Jacqueline off the mountain faster than I could get myself off. To Michael Sisk and all the nursing staff at Yampa Valley Medical Center who did such a great job of looking after Jacqueline. To the nurse who gave me a lift back into town at midnight on the day of the accident, and the guy in the four-wheel drive who offered me a lift up to the hospital in the teeth of a snowstorm the next morning. To the team at Johnny B Good's Diner, who sent a milkshake up to the hospital with me every day and wouldn't accept a cent in payment. To the guys in the Steamboat Smokehouse, who made sure I didn't have to sit at the bar on my own at night, and to all the people who extended sympathy and best wishes for a speedy recovery.
We're back in Steamboat for Winter Carnival today. Although only one of us is skiing, we're both going to have a great time.
It's good to be back!
West Yorkshire, England