I was driving Highway 64 from Telluride to Taos late last month when inspiration struck.
Soaking up the spectacular western vistas and looking forward to a few days at Taos Ski Valley, my mind – never far from politics – turned to former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, a Taos resident and a beast of a skier who routinely tackles the legendary mountain’s toughest terrain.
As the Journal’s Washington correspondent, I had the 2016 Libertarian presidential candidate’s cell number in my phone, so with my wife egging me on, I sent Johnson a text message asking if he might be free to ski with me. To my surprise, he replied within minutes saying he accepted “the challenge.”
Uh, let me assure you I did not “challenge” a guy who has finished three Ironman Triathlons, scaled seven of the world’s highest mountain peaks and run 100 miles through the Rocky Mountains in a single stretch. I immediately started wondering what I had gotten myself into.