This year, we didn't have a sled entered, but I did go to watch and see everyone else's creations. But after trying to wrangle two excited dogs and three wild kids, we cut it short and went back home after a few rides down the slopes nearby.
Danielle and I did the Aids walk last Sunday. The route along both sides of the Mississippi River was just over 6 miles. Bubba came along, but Sid has a built in limit of about 2 miles before he drops and says no more. So I took Kari's dog Snickers instead (I was still watching he and Gizmo for the weekend). Snickers didn't know what to do with himself with so many people and other dogs around. Talk about excitement overload. After the first few miles he calmed down and concentrated on moving forward, though.
Everyone who walks raises money for the fundraiser and earns the right to walk. In our case, Target sponsored our inclusion and we wore the tell tale red T-shirts. Even the two dogs were given red Target bandanas to wear. :) Free snacks, beautiful weather, and tons of encouraging volunteers along the way made for a great way to spend the afternoon supporting a very worthwhile cause.
Team Premium (Crystal, The Pants, Jessica, Claire, Bertine, Sid (the mascot), and I) participated in our first Powderhorn Park Art Sled Rally this year. An event where neighbors gather at the park to watch as about 30 elaborately crafted sleds go down the hill. It was spectacular!
We created a giant 6-pack of Premium Grain Belt beer to slide down in. A platform of 2x6's and 2x3's rested on top of a pair of cross country skis sacrificed to the project. Atop this, we screwed on side panels of chip-board on which we spent 3 hours painting the Premium logos. The build pics are here.
The rally was great. The hill was a LOT larger than I anticipated and some were skeptical that we may not survive a trip down such a slope in a beer box of death. In the end, Sid did not ride and Claire took his place. (This was probably a smart idea as Sid might have gone airborne otherwise.) As we went down the hill, we were steered along the center until the drop off over which we took off at full speed.
Immediately at the bottom was a snow covered sidewalk that formed quite a bump. When the sled hit it, the sled stopped and we did not. (see the videos below.) Crashing through the front, the Pants and I face-planted into the snow and everyone else tumbled out as the wreckage continued down the hill. The roars of laughter and the cheering was deafening as we raised our arms in triumph and picked up our sled parts.
After watching the rest of the sleds go down the hill (in various degrees of success), we went back to the Manfort for martinis and beer. Nothing but Grain Belt of course. :)
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