Posts Tagged ‘Chicago’

Ariana Koehler: The WBC, A Home Away from Home

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

There are places all over the map I have considered to be home over the years.  I grew up in the Chicago area, but spent weekends and summers in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  Now I am living a little further north in Mequon, Wisconsin as I am going to school at CUW.  Moving from place to place is never the easiest thing.  You will never find two places the same, so you need to make the best of every destination.

Another place that has become a home to me is Florida.  Spending weeks at a time down there, it has started to become a part of me.  The people I have met through skiing at the WBC are now family to me.  I love spending time down there, on and off the water.  It is always so hard to leave them at the end of a trip.

Another thing that makes me feel like I am at home down there is attending the local church called The Rock.  I went there for the first time with Keith and Lauren when they invited my sister and I one Sunday.  Now I go every time I am down there and the people there have started to become a part of my family as well.  The church reminds me of the one we grew up in at home in Chicago.  Spending as much time as I do down there, the friends I made, and the church were two big things that make me feel at home.

No matter where you are, you can not let your surrounding change who you are and how you define yourself.  Find a home in every place you go, no matter how small or big the connection.

By: Ariana Koehler

Chicago Barefoot Ski Clinic with Bob Kraft & crew

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

I was coming into Chicago for my niece’s Baptism and had a few extra days to do a clinic.  I posted a quick blurb about it on FaceBook and got a few replies.  Bob Kraft was one of them and even though he never set up a clinic before, he had all the enthusiasm it took!  I was staying at my in-laws and Bob was only forty five minutes away.  I drove out to the Fox river early Tuesday morning.  I arrived at a house I had seen before, but I had no idea where?  It felt like deja vu and as I walked around the house towards the river, I heard something that brought back the memory: cascading water.  I had seen the house on Yahoo! news– and going into the river was a huge waterfall.  Bob’s father had built this gorgeous waterfall and now I was at the very house I saw on the news over a month ago.

Water Fall on the Fox River in Chicago

Tyler Kraft 1st time up on his feet!

Tom Hart works on one hand one foot

Great day of foot’n with the crew!  It was great to get back to the Fox River that I have had many clinics and ski days on in the past.  Everyone was a blast to hang with and they all learned something new.  Hope to be back next year!

Keith St.Onge

Bob Kraft

Chicago Crew