It's Sunday, February 1st, 2009 and the sun is shining, the temperature is actually above freezing (first time in about forever) and the world is right....for sled riding. Load up the kids, the dog, the sleds, and venture down the road a whopping 1 mile! Yes, one of the best sledding hills around is a mile from our house in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We discovered it when we moved to Brecksville during one of those winters when a record was set for the most snow - 155" or something like that!!!!
The nice thing about this rather large hill, is that you are never competing for space, as generally there are either few or no other people around or someone has just left---and fortunately for us, built a really cool jump ramp! The other nice thing is that the hill is pretty high, so when the kids get tired of walking all the way up, they can manage to find other places to start from that still provide a satisfying ride.
What is the coolest thing about this hill? When you do make it to the top, you can see the Cuyahoga National Valley all around and on a sunny, "warm," day, there is nothing like it! Even the kids take the time to appreciate the beauty that surrounds them. The dog? Well he is very busy running up and down and through the snow because there is nothing like snow for a Labrador Retriever!
I cannot believe our good fortune in living in such a beautiful place and having the ability to drive down the street and take advantage of such a unique place. Thanks to the people who came before us and recognized the importance of land conservation and preservation. Thanks to Mother Nature for providing such a beautiful winter day! Oh, what is the name of this special place? It has no name, it is just "the sledding hill" to us.
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