I soon found out why glades have a black diamond label - trees were everywhere. Once en route, the commitment was made. While Gary headed nimbly off through the trees with no problem, I made little short sweeping S-shapes between the trees, stopping to catch my breath, getting my bearings, then continuing.
Finally, I met Gary at the end of the glades and the bottom of the Tahawus Trail. I was exhausted, but thoroughly pleased with myself for having skied, unscathed, through a real glades. It was a great feeling, and made the rest of the day of skiing all the nicer. I did not, however, accidentally or otherwise find myself skiing down any more glades trails that afternoon.
My lesson for the day: try something new and maybe even a little risky, something that challenges you. It's good to push the envelope.
Mike Corey is a contributing writer to the News Enterprise.