December 29, 2013

Snow Tubing Part 2: Carolyn’s 1st Ride

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Hug for Marcus.

Part 2

Members of the Monte Holland family went snow tubing at Hidden Valley (Southwestern Pennsylvania on the Laurel Ridge) on December 27. My grandson Marcus, 7, helped me document that visit: click on Snow Tubing
Part 1: The Holland Family
. The following relates my first and last snow tube ride.

A snow tube ride became a part of my bucket list, and was accomplished before I ever had a chance to write it down.
I decided I should try one ride if I was going to write this piece. Of course I had to be color coordinated, so chose the yellow tube. As I stepped onto the conveyor belt I almost lost my footing, and I was approaching the top of the hill I wondered what kind of a nut I was.
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However, it was too late to change my mind—the only way down was via snow tube.

At the top I quickly snapped a couple of photos before sitting down.

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Then the worker gave my tube a gentle shove.

The ride was (more…)

December 28, 2013

Snow Tubing Part 1: The Holland Family



Hug for all those who snow tube.

Part 1

Marcus with Grandma Holland

Snow tubing provided Marcus and the rest of the family with a day of joy , as the photos in the accompanying post demonstrate. Part 1 is the family’s experience from Marcus’ point of view. Snow Tubing Part 2: Carolyn’s 1st Ride relates my first and last experience riding a snow tube down a steep hill.   Carolyn

It was cold and windy this morning when I awoke. I was excited about going snow tubing, but my brother Vince was less excited because he really wanted to go skiing.

“I don’t want to go skiing,” I said. “I want to go snow tubing.”

Because my cousin Jordan wanted to go snow tubing and she could only go today, my Daddy and Grandpa Holland decided we would go to the Hidden Valley Resort snow tubing hills, tucked in the Laurel Ridge off Rt. 31.

Vince and I went snow tubing during the Cleveland Snow Days when I was 5 and Vince was 7, two years ago. While we were there we also watched the Ohio State versus Michigan hockey game. Unfortunately, Michigan won although we were cheering for Ohio. And we also went ice skating.

The hills (at Hidden Valley) looked big, In Cleveland, the hills were just slanted, in a straight line. Here there was a big slope and a hump, then another straight slope and a second smaller hump.

I wanted to pick the orange tube to ride, but Vince got to it first. I picked a red one because there were only red ones left.
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Then we went on the conveyor belt, also known as the moving carpet. I liked this because you didn’t have to walk uphill, but I didn’t like it because it moved slow. Everyone but Vince took the conveyor belt to the top of the hill. Vince had run ahead and was almost at the top of the hill when Daddy, Mommy, Jordan and I stepped onto the conveyor belt.

1 b IMG_4953When we reached the top we had to pick one of the four slopes where we climbed into our snow tubes and then a worker, with my Daddy’s help, tied our snow tubes together.

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Workers keep an eye out for safety.

It was fun that I got to go downhill fast, and got to scream and put my arms up. It was like a roller coaster ride. On the ride snow was blowing in our face. I was cold before the ride, but after the first ride I warmed up a whole lot. After a while I got sweaty under my clothes. I had too many of them on.

“My Daddy had to wave his cap to let my Grandma (Holland) it was us coming down the hill. She was trying to get pictures.”
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The ride could be as a train (also known as a snake), which is tubes in a line; a bundle, which is a group of tubes, or an individual.

A train (or snake)

A train (or snake)


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