The story of our sledding glory began a few hours prior to our venture to Gasworks park on the snowy Sunday (12/21). The events leading up to the phenomenon only added to the spectacularity of our day. Nonetheless, we arrived at the park with our own set of snowboards, skis, sandwich boards, and a lid off a huge recycling dumpster. We were greeted by about 100+ people who had the same idea. We saw everything from laundry baskets to blow up pool flotation devices. On the south end of the park, we were drawn to a group of people that had built what looked like a moderately sized kicker ramp about halfway down the hill. We watched as people slid down in giant intertubes and various other versions of sleds. After spectating for about 15 minutes, we had to join in on the fun. Some other folks offered us an orange sled, which we decided was definitely built for two.
My neighbor, Sasha, and I (Danielle) piled on the sled. she was in front, I was in the rear. First attempt was unsuccessful. We only made it about 15 feet before toppling on our sides.
We're not quitters though, so we saddled back up. This time, I took the front, and she followed up on the rear. Grasping the small nylon handles, we held on for dear life as we were given a push down the hill.
Had we known what would happen next, we probably never would have tried...
We were heading straight for the jump as we pummeled down the hill at some crazy speed.
Next thing I knew, we were flying. I was looking directly at the sky. The feeling was more exhilarating that any amusement park ride. It all came to a crashing halt though as we hit the ground. Perfect landing!
Somewhere whilst landing, Sasha managed to lose a shoe.
The crowd on the top of the hill was going wild with cheers and excitement.
We had gotten more air that day than anyone else at the park off of that jump. Thanks to another visitor that day, Trevor Aerts, for snapping some memorable photos. While the soreness still lingers in our limbs, we can't help but burst out in laughter when watching our epic journey in flight.