Sledding With Eleanor Roosevelt

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In HoweThe purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

As we drive down the dark, wet, sometime icy roads, you know we are smiling because we  are headed out on our next adventure. It’s been cold and dreary these last couple of days, and part of me just wants to curl up in front of the fire with a good book. The problem with that is, I won’t get up.  I’ll sit all weekend indulging in my story, maybe grabbing a coffee here and there. But I can’t. I need to go. I need to head out and have some fun, breathe the fresh air, maybe accumulate a bruise or two.

You see, we’ve heard about this tobogganing hill in Bergun, Switzerland. It’s really a road when there is no snow on the ground, but during the winter they  close it off and rent out sleds. For six kilometers you can fly down the hill. There’s even a speed camera set up at one stretch so you can see how fast you are going. That part doesn’t matter to me, because I’m basically a wimp when it comes to speed.  I will check it, though, and tell you how brave I was.

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The best part of this sledding run is that we don’t have to haul those unwieldy sleds back up the hill, we can ride the train! Think of it. Could tobogganing get more perfect? In fact, you get a nice long run and you don’t even have to climb back up to do it again.

We also chose a hotel right there next to the train station, so we can slide, get a snack, drink a beer, whatever in between runs. I can’t wait!

So, you might be asking how this relates to Eleanor Roosevelt and her quote above. As usual, my coworkers have asked me what I’m doing this weekend, and when I answer they look at me with a mixture of incredibility and awe. Most of them already think I’m crazy, but to drive for five hours to another country to go sledding, at my age. You can see it in their eyes. They think I’m crazy. Oh well.

Here’s the thing. My coworkers might just be on to something. I might just be a little crazy. I’m certainly addicted to getting out there and doing things that most people my age aren’t doing.  I don’t have kids, and I think it’s been at least a decade since I’ve gone sledding. However, I do expect a few bumps and bruises, but I also expect to have a fantastic time. I know that, regardless of the weather and the actual sledding, I’m going to enjoy Switzerland.

I’m going to taste some Swiss foods, and hopefully cheese. I love Swiss cheese. I really love Swiss cheese in a steaming hot fondue pot dripping on boiled potatoes.

I’m going to enjoy the travel bit where I have to get myself to someplace new. I’m going to enjoy trying to rent a sled, take the train to the trail, and the fun of being a kid all over again with my wooden toboggan, which by the way I’ve never used before. In my time, we also used plastic, so right there it’s new.

Honestly, I don’t know everything I have in store for me this weekend, but I can’t wait!

What are you doing this weekend?


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  1. Ok, how fast did you go. Toboggans are fun, but probably more dangerous than skis. I do agree with Eleanor Roosevelt and you, though sometimes a curl up in front of a fire is good too.

  2. Yes, please do a follow up. . .I kept waiting to see the photos of your new experience!!! I might still have opted for the book, but I want to see what fun you had!

  3. It’s fun that you are getting out and doing things. I do the same even when I think I want to zone out with the computer or a good book. I would love to also say that I think your tobogganing adventure must have been fun. Can’t do it! I did one of those high speed careens down a hill when I was 11 and spent the next 7 months in a cast from the tip of my toes to the top of my leg. (today I can laugh). That being said, I hope you had a fantastic time!

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