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Paving Over Paradise | by Todd Huffman
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Paving Over Paradise

As a child this was my favourite sledding site, steep and narrow with a nice spot where you'd catch air. Just dangerous enough to be fun.

 

Now it's being torn down and filled with homes. I was hiking back there this summer and got kicked out for trespassing.

 

It's a shame -- nowadays kids go sledding on groomed courses with little conveyer belts so you don't have to hike up. Last winter I tried one of these 'sledding areas'. It's a poor substitute.

 

Groomed sledding is too artificial. You aren't out there amongst the trees. There's little exercise. There's no element of danger. There's no real 'edge'.

 

*harumph*

 

On my way out of the forest I pulled up a few of the construction flag markers. A futile F-U in the face of progress, and an homage to my feisty childhood.

  

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Taken on May 9, 2008