to reach a little cabin at the top of a hill.
Here you could rent inner-tubes by the hour and
slide down this hill.
The kids could hardly contain themselves. Within a few minutes Andrew and Caleb were on a tube and flying down the hill. The inner tube stayed busy the whole hour we had it. In fact, right as we arrived someone else that was leaving offered us the rest of their time (already paid for) on the tube. That gave us 30 minutes with two tubes!
the kids riding down the biggest, fastest hill
Daniel waiting for his next turn down the hill
Andrew and Sarah enjoyed a few rides together
After seeing how much fun the kids and Ron were having, I claimed a turn too. I loved it!!! It was so fun to zip down the hill. In fact, it was so much fun that I was sort of wishing the kids weren't there for me to have to share the tube with ;)
How did we get back up the hill? Thankfully there was a little conveyor belt - just big enough to stand on and pull your tube behind you. However, we didn't just stand on it and let it carry us SLOWLY back up the hill. No way, we practically ran so we could go back down. It was nice to have the traction though. I may not have been so anxious to have another turn if we had to find our own way back up the hill.
Caleb went down a couple of times, but then he found a little hill behind the cabin to play on and had a blast.
how can you say good-bye to winter when the temperatures are below freezing, there is still snow in the forecast, and there is still piles of snow everywhere? Good question! So I asked Irina. She explained that this is the day people say good-bye to winter almost in a wishful way. As if saying good-bye will cause it to go away. (Have you ever done that to a person....you know, say good-bye hoping they will "get the hint" and leave?)
Our good-byes have been said and we are waiting for spring to come.