Another first for the boys happened yesterday: SNOW!!!!
Brendon was an infant when we survived the Maryland Snowmagedon and he was around snow very briefly as a toddler when we lived in North Carolina, but he has no memory of actual snow encounters. John even less.
It’s hard to imagine a further departure from the beaches of Hawaii and yet, the event was eerily similar. Gear up and load car, fret around in a panicked last minute hunt for snow boots, prep, prep, prep, followed by long car ride to the snow and then within 30 minutes John declares he’s “done”. Turns out his face was just really cold. Bought us an extra hour – sort of like pretzels and fruit snacks did at the beach.
That being said, they absolutely LOVED it. We might have actually touched on a sport Brendon really enjoys – sledding! (Snow sports) Never have I seen him so willing to make the effort to climb a large hill and then insist on riding alone, face first down said hill. His face was completely red from all the snow blasts an hour plus in, but he kept going.
John had a hard time with the big hill, so we transferred him to the little hill, gave him my head wrap and he did FANTASTIC! **Side note: need to get a couple more head wraps. There was also a “do self” issue – he didn’t want any help and the little hill afforded him that independence.
If you read the Yelp reviews (here), you expect it to be complete and utter chaos and I’m sure it probably is on the right weekend and later in the day. Typical McNulty fashion we were second to the hill and left as it was starting to pick up traffic around mid-day. Only one other car was there when we arrived and we had the hill to ourselves for at least 30-45 minutes. Go early, leave hungry.
Super easy to find and about an hour drive for us. Not to mention the wonderful workout climbing in snow brings combined with the sheer joy of sledding down the slope. I don’t know when this hill evolved as a popular location for sledding, but it was my first visit despite growing up in the area. I will say the Christian Camp just around the bend was definitely familiar.
Brendon is already planning his next adventure at Eskimo hill. I think next time we’ll bring more sleds or disks as the boys weren’t too keen on sharing theirs.