This is what kids in California have to do when they want to have fun with ice and hills. It is one of our Thanksgiving traditions: Around 10 in the morning we gather up blocks of ice, some old towels and the kids and head to Memorial Park.
When we get there, other families are there with their own blocks of ice, assembled almost mysteriously. It's not always the same families, usually a few old and a few new, enticed by the idea of sliding down hills, just like sledding but in reverse.
It's not hard, but it does take some getting used to. Balance is key, as is fearlessness: Those things get going pretty fast. The good part is that a tumble usually only involves six inches and maybe a little grass stain on your knees and elbows.
The event is officially called "ice blocking" and is apparently a favorite activity at Brigham Young University, which is where our friends learned about it. We have now introduced it to at least two other families. This year Granger's friend Calhoun came along. They took the blocks over to a hill that's much steeper than the one we usually use. Pretty soon Kayla had to try the big hill, then George. I was too chicken.
If you want to go next year, just show up around 10 on Thanksgiving morning.