Showing posts with label Sledding. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sledding. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Sledding By The Museum

 Sledding the bluff on the west side of the Kansas City Museum has always been popular.  Today lots of folks were there.  
 Above, a casualty of fatigue... part of sledding a hill is you have to climb back up.  Julian Peterson rested/passed out after reaching the top.   Below, my friends the Petersons... long-time Scarritt Renaissance residents.... Joey in  back and, left to right, Julian, Aleena, and Cheryle.   All survived.
                                         Below, Aleena... relaxing/resting/pre-coma.

                         Above, the tree figured prominently in many runs.... closer shots later.

 Above, goggles help,   below... so does maintaining control..  By the way, no one was injured while I
                                 was there... despite what some of the pictures look like 

 Series of three.... good form all the way to the ground.

 This bunch was out of control prior to starting.   Also, when videoing a group sled... there are good places to stand and not so good places to stand.

 Here is one of many near-misses with the afore-mentioned tree.

 Above, the point at which one sees the tree.  Below, the point at which all hope is lost.

 Sideways seldom works well with thin snow.  

 Above, the skyline from the hill-top.  Below, during the best wipeouts.. all you should see are feet.
          All shots, Nikon D800, 24-70mm lens, or, 70-300mm lens.  ASA 400, F11, focus continuous.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Hillside Adventure

Ventured out today... it was that or kill myself and the cats... them first. Walked/trudged over to the old sledding hill by the east entrance to Cliff Drive and found three intrepid young souls fearlessly attacking the slope. Here are the conditions we/they faced...
Above, left to right, David, Lorenzo and Sugey .... are prepared for battle.
Lorenzo led the way on a snowboard.... a high degree of balance is required..... also the ability to crash in a stylish fashion.

Sugey went next ..... the snow is powdery so perfect ( I guess ) for boarding.....
David, above... was perfect on the sled. David, below needs a little more practice on the board but certainly was braver than I... the kids offered to let me try it.... but at my age healing takes decades and requires a multi-disciplinary medical approach.

There's nothing better than a coating of good snow. For you ex Northeasters the kids live in the circle just west of Elmwood and Gladstone Blvd.
Cliff Drive scenes..... at this point Hyper's boots were full of snow (drifts are mid-thigh deep in some places) and feet were beginning to get weird. When I was young you could slide down this hill, across the road and down the workman's path to the rail yards.... actually attain dangerous speeds....

Above, what shows of Hyper's hedge.... may not see the rest of it until August.