Monday, March 23, 2009

Winter Wonderland

2008 was a year of firsts for Ten: she saw the beach for the first time in the summer, and she saw snow for the first time in December. Yes, I am so far behind in posting, that I am actually just now showing you her 1st trip to the snow from the week before Christmas!

Our preferred method of visiting the snow is to make the short, easy, non-mountain road trip to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway You buy your ticket at the base station, then you take a 2.5 mile ride up the mountain in a rotating tram car, and at the top you see the picture above: 3o some odd acres of snow covered wilderness just waiting to be explored. There are hiking trails, hills for sledding, and you can rent snowshoes and cross-country skis.

We slipped and slided down the icy trails into a nearby meadow, where Ten figured out the art of the snowball fight rather quickly. She attempted to make a snow angel, but as she's not very heavy, it didn't really make much of a picture. She also attempted to build a snowman, which was alot harder than she expected it be. This caused a fair amout of bitterness and a small meltdown.

We decided to try out the sled I picked up at Sport Chalet. Jeff got this brilliant idea to blaze a trail through 3 ft of snow to try to find our own private hill. Ten insisted on going with him. I wisely stayed on the trail and took photographs of the carnage as they became completely stuck (the pictures are not posted, as I am probably the only one besides Jeff who would find them funny). When they managed to wade back out 30 minutes later, they were freezing & exhausted, and agreed to sled on well used sledding paths.

All in all, the little monster had a good time; and has talked about going back to the snow ever since. The tram still appears to have plenty of snow, so we might have to indulge her again one day soon!

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