A Cold and Blustery Day

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of extremely cold weather. I love nippy fall days and cool spring breezes, but the cold here can sometimes be ridiculous. Since we’ve lived here 6+ years, I’ve learned how to dress warm enough to stay outside and actually enjoy it. Some days, I’d still rather be inside with a nice hot cup of coffee but then again I have those cravings all throughout the year.
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The Chinese New Year is such a big holiday and many businesses shut down for a week of celebration. We decided to join in so we bundled up and headed outside to the river to play.

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There were several rinks set up on the river. One was only for ice-skating and another was for bicycles and chairs. Yep, you read that right. I watched as the wheels on the bikes spun trying to find traction on the smooth ice. The chairs moved by pulling/sliding along with the help of poles.

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There was even a bicycle built for two.

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Every year there is an ice slide. You sit on a tiny wooden sled with blades underneath as you zip down the ice.

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We saw so many people outside. Young and old and everyone in between. Hard to believe the high for the day was 7 F, add in the windchill it was much colder. Ice skating, cycling, small ATVs, dune buggies, and more were set up on the river for people to enjoy.

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We finally found what we were looking for. Tubing!

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You have one hour to go up and down as many times as you like. David and I were taking pictures and video and after watching the girls for 10 minutes we were ready to call it quits. I was so cold just standing there watching. I kept looking around for coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, but there was nothing to be had. The girls were fine. They were hiking up the steep man-made hill with the tubes so they were getting a workout and having a blast.

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When we left the river, we were all tired and cold. We were ready to get home. There were visions of hot chocolate floating through our heads. It really was a great day and I look forward to doing it again, soon.

~ Regina

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