Monday, January 26, 2015
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.