Sledding Cherry Hill
Written by Jennifer Haler
February 2, 2014
Recently we had Super Bowl Sunday. Often this day is full of friends and family gathering, plenty of food and much celebration. However, in my family we do not watch the Super Bowl. So Super Bowl Sunday creates a perfect time to have a family tradition all on our own.
We love to be active and we love to do things together as a family. So our Super Bowl tradition is to spend it together, preferably outside. We have done hikes the last two years. This year though, we have some great snow. It is a wonderful opportunity to explore. Everywhere is almost empty since others are inside.
Since we have not had the opportunity to sled yet this year, and we did not do it last year, this was a great chance to enjoy ourselves with the thrill of snowing flying in our faces.
We headed off to Cherry Hill. Cherry Hill has been around for a long time and more recently has become extremely family oriented with a new Fireman’s Park, Dog Park, BMX area, Frisbee golf course, and of course the original sledding hill. The BMX trails are perfect for little ones to sled down.
Central to much of town, many activities to do, easy to find restrooms close by, and of course if there is an accident it is always nice to know the firemen are there. It makes it a nice place to go to.
We parked and right away noticed a nice change that came about since our previous years sledding. The hay bales placed at the bottom of the hill. Many times we have witnessed kids flying down the hill into the parking lot. One of our kiddos did it and it is a terribly helpless feeling being at the top of the hill knowing that your child is flying into an area where cars drive. They can’t stop themselves very well and all you can do is run down the hill as fast as you can to check on them. The hay bales prevent this and make it much safer for all.
We trekked up the side of the hill to find a good location to sled from. I always tell my kids to do that for safety reasons. Whenever I see kids walking up the center it freaks me out. It is just so easy to have an accident. In fact, we witnessed multiple collisions from kids hanging out on the middle of the hill and others sliding down at them.
Once to the top we all took our turns sledding down the hill. Sometimes alone, sometimes in pairs. The wind whipped by, the snow stung out faces, and we felt exhilarated flying down. I think every single time I went I ended up grinning like a goofball the whole way down and then laughing in enjoyment when done. We made at least a dozen runs up and down the hill and would have stayed longer except it was beginning to get dark and the kiddos needed dinner.
I love those special moments with my family. Everyone was having fun, we were getting exercise and fresh air. And it is a proud moment when you watch the kids begin to take the risk of going down all on their own. My kids are all older now and for the most part go on their own, but thankfully they are willing to let me go down with them on occasion.
I would recommend Cherry Hill for a sledding hill for sure and a great place to check out during the other seasons.
I love spending time with my family doing all the wonderful activities in the Inland Northwest.