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Thread: What did you like about winter when you were a kid

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    Jan 2007
    kennewick wa

    What did you like about winter when you were a kid

    What did you like about winter when you were little, beside Christmas. For me, we had 15 acres out of town in NW Montana. The driveway was fairly long I got to plow with the cat. The old man drove a truck and had to plow enough so he could turn the truck around. We had a big snow pile maybe around 10 feet tall. I like to dig tunnels in it. Towards the back of the property there was a hill to sled on. I like sleding at night when it was clear and the moon shining bright glistening off the snow. I could stand there for ever just looking around everything was peace ful. (execpt for the time big foot came out of the woods lol) I got a little older made some money and bought a snowmobile.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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    Don Taylor is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
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    There are many, many things I miss about a snowy winter but one stands out above the rest as a pleasant memory.
    Most of my young life my Father had a pick up truck. During the winters he would always switch the tires to heavy snow tires or use chains.
    On those early mornings when the snow was in six foot drifts and still coming down, my friends and I all over the county would hover over the radios waiting for the magic words: "Your school is closed today...."
    Which also meant Dad couldn't make it into work.

    After the jumping up and down and making a lot of noise ritual was complete, Mom would clobber us with, "You aren't going anywhere unless you eat your breakfast!" We knew Dad was gearing up and warming up the truck. The bacon and eggs was choking us to death. When Mom was satisfied that we weren't going to expire from hunger, Dad would load us up in the truck and off we would go.

    We spent the morning looking for folks who had slid off the road and got stuck in a snow bank. My Father would hook up to them and pull them out. When they ask what they owed him, he would always say, just a promise to remember this when you see the next guy stuck. I have never forgotten those trips.

    I would imagine that if each one of the people my Father helped in turn helped one other who in turn..... The expensive tow truck drivers spent a lot of time cozy and warm around their coffee pots.


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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    I enjoyed (and miss) the smell of piņon wood burning in fireplaces all over town, and at Christmas time, the luminarias. I also enjoyed snow days off from school, and then as an adult, the snow days off from work. I enjoyed going around town in my Jeep looking for people to get unstuck. (And always refused any kind of payment. The look on peoples' faces when I'd show up to help was more than enough compensation.)

    I think I picked that up from my dad, after a muddy trip to my grandparent's church retreat one spring to help a bunch of stranded folks get out and onto pavement after some hard rains. That was my first experience seeing what a four wheel drive vehicle can do.
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    Nov 2006
    Waterford, MI
    School closing ranks right up there.
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    Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
    Skating on frozen ponds, lakes, and rivers. In Northern Ontario, we could always count on at least three months when the water was sufficiently frozen to make this safe.
    Cheers, Frank

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    This will sound foolish, but when I was a kid other than milking the cows and feeding the heifers, there was not that much to do on the farm (versus that of planting crops, gathering hay, putting up fence, etc) so I would grab my axe, use my snowshoes and head down to the swamp. It was about a mile away and I would go about building a camp.

    I would build a nice lean too, blanket the inside with boughs, and cover the outside of it to with boughs, and on some weekends spend the night in them. I think I made 3 or 4 camps like this with one night dipping down below zero. With a nice fire going, my spruce boughs keeping me insulated I was nice and snug.

    Those are some happy memories. To this day I don't head out on a snowmobile without my backpack, with a nice hatchet stashed inside, some survival gear and a small handsaw. Its doubtful I would be stranded overnight on a trail with a dead sled, but I have the confidence that should that happen, I would be just fine.

    As a side note:

    Last year I let my brother borrow my sled for the day because I had to watch Alyson. Rather than be bummed about not riding my snowmobile, I strapped Alyson into her sled and made a day of our own, slower paced way. That was fun too.

    Last edited by Travis Johnson; 12-24-2007 at 12:19 AM.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Had "Boy Mechinac Book" When I was about 10 my brothers, 8 and 6 built a snow mobile from a lawn mower engine. Dam if it didnt work.

    Tried to convince dad we should build them and sell them.
    Quote: "They will never sell..................................... Unquote

    What does a 12 year old boy know about marketing??????

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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Nothing. Winters in Chicago are inconvenient, slushy, mushy, cold and dirty. I had to carry fuel oil in cans three stories to our walk-up apartment for the space heater. Streets never got properly plowed, we had to wear four buckle arctics but the slush and mud still came over the tops. I understand now why moving south was so appealing.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

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    Nov 2006
    What I liked about winter as a child,,
    The ability to be outside for hours and not get the bone numbing cold I get now.

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    When we had to move to Michigan it was just after The Empire Strikes Back came out. The week we moved there they had a huge snowstorm. It was so deep, they had front end loaders clearing the roads around where we lived. Because of this I had a 18ft pile of snow on the other side of the road from our condo.

    I got friendly with the kid across from us and we were both Star Wars mad.....needless to say that pile of snow got dug out and everyone who happened to go by got bombed.
    daiku woodworking

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