Our sledding adventure started at Wal-Mart looking for sleds only to be disappointed that they had none. Hope came up with the brilliant idea of using an air mattress. To be totally fair, she was only joking. The joke was completely lost on the children and me. After quickly grabbing a queen size air mattress and a rechargeable air pump we proudly marched out of the store ready for tomorrow’s early morning adventure.
The next morning we headed straight to the hill. The air was really cold, the wind was blowing, we were all bundled up well and ready for the fun! Besides the air mattress, we managed to find a “real” sled.
We jumped out of the car, popped the trunk, unboxed the mattress and started blowing it up. Kasey was already busy using the “real” sled to zoom down the hill.
While the air mattress was filling, Brad, Kyle and I volunteered to be the first to take it down the hill. We piled on the mattress and sped down the hill. It was AWESOME! Fast! Smooth! We couldn’t wait to go again. The only problem is the air mattress had a few rips in it from the icy conditions.
Luckily I had a roll of duct tape in my car. With a few quick repairs we were back in business. So after each run we would repair the rips, refill the air, pile people on and speed down the hill.
Everyone was going to get on the air mattress. To get the best photo, I grabbed the only “real” sled we had and sped down the hill. I started to get sideways and began to steer with my hands. My left hand got wedged in a hole while the rest of my body continued down the hill. The result was a dislocated elbow, torn and strained tendons and a fracture on the tip of a bone in the middle of the elbow. Oh, and a LOT of pain! The worst part of it is I missed the picture. I immediately moved into the role of sledding observer instead of participant.
I watched the kids continue to sled for about another 30 minutes the cold and the wind started to take its hold on the children and we headed for hot chocolate and home.