Archive for Thursday, April 5, 2001

Hitting the slopes

Group makes eighth trip for snowy spring break

April 5, 2001

While some like jetting off to places with sun and sand to celebrate their spring break, a group of Eudora residents have once again shown they're not afraid to brave the cold for spring break.

Don Durkin said he first organized the ski trip to Monarch, Colo. while serving as director of the Eudora Recreation Commission eight years ago. The last two years, the groups have gone to Winter Park, Colo. After he stepped down from the commission, he wanted to keep the trips going, but the commission wasn't interested, he said.

"The following year, when I approached the recreation commission, they decided they didn't want to do it, so I did it on my own," Durkin said. "I've done it on my own ever since."

Durkin said once he started organizing the trips, there was no shortage of interested residents.

"I just put it together for me and my friends and people just kept calling me, saying they wanted to go," Durkin said. "People kept coming back. We still have about 15 people that have came back from the first year."

This year, 109 people trekked to Colorado in two charter buses and several cars. He recalled some of the earlier trips when the group used passenger buses and drove all night to go to the skiing destination. The charter buses, complete with sleeping quarters, make the trip more comfortable. He said the changes have been significant.

"It makes it a lot better, especially on the ride back, to sleep," he said.

Durkin said organizing a trip of this size comes with its share of stress, but not enough to discourage him from continuing.

"My wife keeps saying she wants to go where it's warm, but we haven't been there yet," Durkin said.

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