Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sledding Country Style

With all the snow we've been having, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about sledding. I've been going sledding for as long as I can remember, and I don't think I could ever get tired of it. The best part about sledding is there are so many different ways to go about it.

One of the perks of living in the middle of no where is that when it snows and the roads get bad, there is not a whole lot to do. One way my siblings and I entertained ourselves was by going sledding. The area where we live is mostly flat. So we did not have the luxury of a huge hill to sled down. However, in my opinion, we had something even better. We had four wheelers!

One of the best things about four wheelers is that they can make it through almost anything, and our four wheelers were definitely put to the test. We used the four wheelers to provide a variety of different types of sleds. We used circular sleds, two person sleds, and tubes. Most of the time we would hook up two sleds to one four wheeler making things a little more exciting. The fact that you don't have to walk back up a huge hill after you fall off is also a bonus.

It was not until I tried sledding with an old hood from a vehicle that I was able to get the full experience of sledding. This may sound a little odd if you've never heard of it, but it is actually quite fun. Usually two or three people could fit on it at a time. Another good quality about sledding with a vehicle hood is that it is extremely slick. It makes for some pretty intense sledding. I highly recommend it.

The hoods were put to good use in the summer as well. Instead of sledding in the snow we would sled in the mud. Once the straw was out of the field, we would wait for a big rain and then hit the field. One of the downsides is that it hurts quite a bit more when you fall off, but you definitely don't get cold. Most people end up throwing their clothes away afterwords, but it's worth it.

I've always loved to go sledding and I probably always will. Something that makes it so much fun is that there isn't just one right way to go sledding. It seems the ways that are the oddest or craziest end up being the most fun.


  1. I agree that sledding is always better when you come up with a new way to go about it! I prefer riding the sled like a snowboard and seeing how far I can get down the hill before I face plant...but that's just me. I feel like using the hood of a car would be really dangerous. Is it sharp around the edges at all? I wouldn't want to get flipped over on that thing. I like how you didn't mention what people use to go sledding at Purdue, good choice. Haha. Awesome topic and really appropriate because I'm going sledding tonight! :)

  2. That sounds like a really good time! When I was little (like middle school age) my dad would hook up a wrote behind the van and we would go through the addition. Then we wanted to go faster, so he took us to some country roads....too bad they were gravel. I have had better ideas since then. The four wheeler sounds like it could be better. I have always lived in suburbs, so that has never been an option. But if it was, I would definitely be doing that too. Good Idea!