Monday, January 26, 2015

Weekending: Snowbears











Last week's wild, windy storm brought us an inch or two of snow here in the city, which was pretty while it lasted. You can't do much with that little snow, though. The Bear and I have been hoping for several years to take the kids sledding. We both come from snowy places and grew up sledding but our kids hadn't tried it yet. Finally, a promising opportunity: the mountains east of the city received about a foot of snow in the same storm. Friends who live out there were unable to get into the city during the week. They said there was plenty of snow for sledding and recommended a place. We drove out early Sunday morning to have a look. We parked and hiked into an area of the Cibola National Forest called Tunnel Canyon.

There was still lots of snow on the north-facing slopes and we found a perfect place to sled. We only have one sled, so we all shared it. The hill was massive! We had the whole place to ourselves for a good hour. There had already been lots of sledding and there was a good, smooth track worn into the snow. I only made one run myself; it was crazy and I was worried about my back. It was fun, though! I got my sledding fix, for sure. The GB was hesitant; she lost her shoe on two runs and got a face full of snow on another run. But the LB really took to it! He quickly developed good techniques. He was covered in snow and he laughed until he had hiccups. The Bear flew down the hill, making rooster-tails in the snow. It was cold but brilliantly sunny and the snow began to soften by mid-morning. Another family came to play and some of them had a pretty spectacular wipe-out at the bottom of the hill. They were fine, but it was time to call it a day.

We drove home, made hot drinks and reheated leftover Chinese food for lunch. I washed and dried all the wet clothes, some of which were muddy. We spent the rest of the afternoon working on projects around the house, finishing homeschool tasks and cooking a tri-tip roast for dinner. In the evening, the Bear and I watched our current Sunday night shows: The Great British Baking Show, Downton Abbey and Grantchester. We were in bed by 10:30 and we slept like logs. It was a really good day.

46 comments:

  1. Good to know you had fun dear!
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  2. Oh how I love sledding! I would love to do it by myself one day because when we go as a family, I am always the one making sure everyone is safe and is having fun. I am glad you enjoyed your snow morning. xx

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  3. Sounds like great fun, we used to love sledding when my daughters were younger I have yet to take the grand children.

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  4. A truly perfect day Jennifer, such lovely photo's too, Kate xx

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  5. This looks and sounds so much fun Jennifer, no wonder you were all so tired at the end. Keep warm x

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  6. Oh that looks like so much fun. I think it will be another snowless winter here. There hasn't been a flake since I bought a couple of sleds in readiness a year or two ago. Before that we had three or four winters with enough snow for sliding around in. It's all my fault! Your Sunday night shows sound very British, you'll be waking up with English accents on Monday mornings. Lovely snow photos, and very striking to see snow amongst the desert plants, wonderful. Wishing you all a good week. CJ xx

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  7. What a wonderful day, Jennifer! Your pictures of the snowy fun are lovely!
    Keep cosy!
    Helen xox

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  8. Such beautiful scenery. I'm glad you all had fun. x

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  9. It look like everyone had a wonderful time and the scenery is breathtaking. Such a beautiful place to go sledding. I'm glad you're making such wonderful memories with your children Jennifer.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  10. oh that looks like so much fun. we are hoping to squeeze in a ski lesson this winter.. gotta learn sometime right?

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  11. Now THAT looks like some good snow! I still haven't had any yet this winter, I hope there's still time to get sledging!

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  12. WOW what fun Jennifer and love all of the great pictures ☺ I have not been sledding since I was 19!! Almost 40yrs ago....oh dear.. lol

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  13. Sounds perfect... you were lucky to find a corner where you didn't even have to share the snow for a while. Jx

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  14. You're such good parents to make such great memories for your kids! It did seem odd to have snow in a desert landscape! We were also cuddled into our easy chairs watching Downton Abbey and Grantchester. DA was fantastic!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  15. What a fun morning in the snow! Your day sounds perfect! I love The Great British Baking Show.

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  16. Sounds like a fun day. No snow here yet but E has her fingers crossed. Excellent choice of TV shows! x

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  17. It sounds like you all had fun, Jennifer! :o)

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  18. I think that sounds like an amazing, perfect day. All of it. I'm wondering what a tri-tip roast is though?

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    1. Hi Gillian, it's a type of cut for a beef roast. We actually cooked it outside on the grill as opposed to roasting it. :)

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  19. It looks like great fun Jennifer. :) xx

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  20. Love the photos! Looks like a beautiful place. I love sledding...haven't been in years though, since my kids were young and I used to go with them. A good friend of mine who recently moved to the mountains of WA, near Vancouver is having a blast with sledding - yes, by herself! They've gotten a ton of snow so far this winter. She posted a short video clip of herself sledding down a huge hill. Her husband was the one who captured it on his camera. :-)

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  21. That looks such fun, if cold! They'll be a bit more snow on the east coast tonight by the sound of it.

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  22. Sounds like a wonderful family day! Pammy Sue

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  23. Sounds like a wonderful family day! Pammy Sue

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  24. Nothing beats a good snowfall for winter entertainment! So glad your kids enjoyed themselves on their first (but hopefully not their last) tobogganing adventure. I agree, it can be a little intimidating if you start to pick up speed. When I went tobogganing as a kid there seemed to always be a large creek at the bottom of the hills we enjoyed ... kind of added to the thrill of danger!! Wendy x

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  25. How lovely to enjoy the snow. It looks like you had fun.
    Anne xx

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  26. What a fun time! I love the pictures you shared, and the smiles!

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  27. An excellent family outing, Jennifer. I still remember when we drove for 3 days to take our three children to the snow, when they were aged 13, 15, 18. They had the most wonderful time, and did some skiing, and other snow fun. Your children look so happy with it all.
    Great British baking and sewing are both on tonight over here. Goody!

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  28. Lovely snow! I wish we had some. We've had barely a flurry. I'm glad you all had such good fun.

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  29. Awe that's sounds like so much fun, your photos are brilliant and I love your sons face, you can see he's having a good time!
    Nothing like fresh air and exercise to give you a good nights sleep!
    V x

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  30. Hello Jennifer,

    Your pictures have captured the joy of the day perfectly!

    The light is quite magical and the mixture of expressions on everyone's faces show the complete range of emotions that everyone was feeling. For our part we should have been too terrified to do anything but watch everyone else's fun.

    What a glorious day.

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  31. Such lovely pics, and it looks & sounds like a lovely fun family time together. xx
    ps. we like the same tv shows! We've just watched the whole first series of Grantchester too as we missed it when it was on last year.

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  32. Such beautiful photos! And it looks like everyone had a lovely day, you described your snowy morning beautifully. We have had no snow at all here...quite a surprise for someone who lives in Scotland!
    Marianne x

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  33. Sounds like you all had great fun! No wonder you slept so well.

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  34. That looks like just enough snow to enjoy without it sticking around for too long. I'm from the south so only have ever visited snow and cold weather is definitely not my favorite. My son has been snowboarding in Colorado and apparently got stuck for an hour once when they were out in a recent powder. That would be scary to me but he said mostly it was aggravating. Thankfully some nice skier came along to help him. Have a terrific Tuesday. Tammy

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  35. That sounds like fun. We'd gone a few years without snow when my two were young so when it started snowing one New Year's Eve, I got them out of bed so that they could go play in it as I knew it would be gone by morning, and it was. You've got to make the most of it while you can.

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  36. What a wonderful day! I'm sure the young bears will be talking about it for days. I always found with my kids the stories about their sledding adventures got more dramatic as times passed. :-)

    Isn't Grantchester a great show? And the new season of Downton Abbey is terrific.

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  37. Looks like they had an absolutely fab time! :) xxx

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  38. It sounds like a wonderful day indeed!! Glad that you had so much fun and that the bears got to do some sledding. They will have great memories of it for many years to come I am sure. How wonderful that you got to have the space to yourself for so long, but to have the fun of seeing others having a go too! xx

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  39. Looks like you all had a wonderful time! Absolutely wonderful. :) Love your pictures!

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  40. You had me at that first shot! Just so beautiful!!! I am glad you gave your bears this experience!!! Sounded like a blast!!! Wishing you a great week Jennifer! Nicole xoxo

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  41. what a lovely snow bear adventure x

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  42. Sounds like a really fun weekend for you all. I've never tried sledging before, I think I'll be too scared. Sheffield is a great place for it though because it's so hilly. Have a lovely week! x

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  43. It looks like a great day! You've gotta love snow. We're forecast some here overnight tonight, but I doubt I'll be going sledging.

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  44. That looks so much fun! and the photos are lovely, snow always makes everything look so beautiful x

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  45. Looks like the perfect amount of snow to play! Just enough! xo Jen

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