Monday, January 11, 2010

The Things We Do for Kicks Around Here

See this here? This is the biggest mound of snow in the Free World. We live a few blocks from our church which has a huge parking lot and when they plow it in winter they pile the snow up in this enormous mountain that attracts children for miles around.

Snow in Alaska
We reserve each Monday night as a family night and when we asked the children what they wanted to do for family night last week they said they wanted to go dig in the snow. I wondered how I was going to squirm out of that one at first but when we got to the mountain at the parking lot I caught the thrill of it all and joined right in.

Snow in Alaska
This is the view from the top of the pile which, as you can see, is like the surface of the moon. There were tunnels all over the place including one that went down a ten-foot chute only to open out into a five-foot wide antechamber with two more tunnels branching off of it.

Snow in Alaska
So we built a tunnel of our own. Here's Lillian standing on top of the entrance which went all the way through for about ten feet to the outer wall. It was like reenacting The Great Escape.

Snow in AlaskaAll they can talk about is wanting to go back and dig more holes.

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25 comments:

Shannon said...

It doesn't snow in Texas, well OK it snow back in 1985 but really it just doesn't snow there. So this cold weather stuff here in Germany is all new to me. I can't decide if I love it or hate it. Every time I think I completely hate it we go do something fun in the snow then I love it for a while. That snow pile looks like so much fun! It might tip the balance permanently.

Meg said...

Yikes! The sliding looks like fun but the tunnels would make me claustrophobic - I'd be afraid they'd cave in.

Patricia L said...

Ditto what Meg said. Could you send us one inch of that snow? We were supposed to get it last week, but it looks like it got mis-directed. Boy were the kids disappointed about that one!

(PS I have a post up today that I think you might find interesting)

mannequin said...

Holey Moley; we got 10 inches and it was a treat. When I was little, I remember getting 3 ft of snow quite frequently. Guess it's global warming :)

Ah the perks of living in Alaska. Looks like fun!

chelle said...

wow that looks like so much fun. We so do not get close to that amount of snow!

page2 said...

That brings back such memories! I used to play on those huge piles of snow there when I was a kid. It's like a mountain of snow. We had so much fun digging caves and tunnels. Thanks for the fun post.

Heart2Heart said...

Michelle,

This is truly a child's dream world. Other than fearing collapse of the tunnels, I too would love to be completely immersed in the tunnels and building.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Scribbit said...

I went through one of the tunnels because the kids begged me to but it bothered me a bit. It's nearly hardened to ice but it still felt scary as if it would collapse. I knew it wouldn't but still . . .

Last year a friend of ours went with his kids and dug a big hole with them then realized that it was so deep a kid could fall in and get stuck. Oops.

Kathryn said...

I did this at the strawberry chapel many years ago as a group date. It was lots of fun but I was afraid of caving too!

BONNIE K said...

It looks very cool but I have to agree with Meg and the others who agreed with her. I must be getting old.

everydayMOM said...

that is amazing! it looks scary to me to crawl through the tunnels, but maybe if you were really there it wouldn't seem so bad.

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oh,yes ,the shape of the snow is really like a moon,very beautiful,i think.

Allegria said...

Wow! And I thought we had lots of snow here! It looks like a blast--wish we had something around here that we could have done tonight. It was my turn for the family night activity, and I was lost. Really. It was pathetic. LOL Snow? Is good.

Lori said...

So cool. It looks very alien--in the outerspace sense and in the way that I've never seen anything like that!

Sonja said...

Holy mounds of snow, Scribbit! I don't think I'll show this to my kids, they will beg us forever to move to Alaska.

Annie said...

THAT is a lot of snow!

Some Lucky Dog said...

That looks like fun! We get piles like that sometimes (NW Montana). Maybe I'll have to go dig some holes and get something started!

Kris said...

I used to do that when I was young too...it was so fun...until a family friend and her sibling were killed when their cave system collapsed and killed them. I don't let my kids do it now...it scares me to death!
K.

Robin said...

My husband saw your comment on my blog (about the tropical island) and cracked up, so I sent him here to read this. He and Itai thought it sounded wonderful, I think it sounds terrifying (I'm more than a little claustrophobic). Reading Kris' tragic comment below I'm very glad it isn't something my family comes into contact with, I'd definitely be wanting to forbid my kids and Jay would definitely be out there wanting to lend a hand with the shovel.

Lise said...

Do you know "This Place in the Snow" by Rebecca Bond? It's about something just like that, and so beautiful. It ends "this place, full of grace, in the snow," and a 4-year-old I taught used to quote that whenever we'd play on our snow mountain.

Janet said...

Oh that looks fun. We didn't get that much snow, and they don't clear it like that anyhow.

Stephanie said...

That mountain looks awesome...no wonder kids comes from all over the place!

P.S. I think it's very cool that you have a "family night." I'd like to institute a similar tradition when our girls are a little older. For now, EVERY night is family night. :)

stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

Nancy A. from Two Mountains said...

Looks like great fun. I think I'd also be nervous (at first) but if kids have been hanging out there year after year with no reported incident...I think I'd let my kids join in the fun. I wonder if that anxiety is a 'mom' thing? I doubt my husband would be worried. He'd probably be the first to dig in or try out the tunnels. LOL

The Texas Bakers said...

That's one thing I really miss is making snow tunnels. Also, that doll house your aunt made is truly amazing. What a treasure!

Alice Wills Gold said...

HOW FUN! I grew up in San Diego and a lot of us would go to the beach on Monday night and dig holes in the sand...every place on the planet has it's own distinct version of fun.