What a weird winter we are having. Its been mild and dry – and snowless. You might remember that last year, with its 80 inches of snow, I was in my snow-loving glory. This year, we have the complete opposite – nuthin’. Our biggest storm this year was the nasty October storm that took out power for so long, to so many. Since then, just one other tiny storm brought a few inches but it was so warm that it melted quickly
Vermont has been equally snow-less. Coupled with my mother having her hip replaced last month, the family didn’t even talk about going up to my parents’ place for a long weekend together like we usually do. A quick family gathering changed that – mom was doing great and ready for a weekend away and the stars had aligned so that my brother, his gf and the 2 kids and me were all free to come up. Then we made a plan – we would go to the snow.
Enter Magic Mountain:
Not for skiing mind you, for this: Tubing! For $25, plus a bit more for a helmet rental (and yes, you need it), you can spend the day getting towed up the hill, then sliding back down on a giant covered inner tube. As we say in New England, wicked fun! Wicked fast too. The kiddos went down with their mom and dad and had a blast: Hard to see – not so easy to get with the iPhone camera! They were flying down the hill.
After an afternoon of this, we had managed to exhaust the niece and almost-nephew. Not an easy feat – I learned very quickly that 2 five year olds have more energy than 5 adults put together, even when they’re tired We spent the rest of the afternoon here: curled up in front of the woodstove, glass of wine in hand. Of course, this makes it look for more tranquil than it actually was – I caught a picture in between small humans running by. It was more loud and slightly chaotic than tranquil – pretty much how it goes for a family weekend. In other words – perfect, snow or not.
Happy Leap Day! It looks like we may get a little bit of the white stuff today, which would make the day just right…