Katie is our only child. She is 14 and can be my little tomboy helping me work on things in the garage but also can dress up in a prom dress if you know what I mean. She is in Grade 9 and is in Jazz, Hip Hop and Ballet dance this year. This is the first year we have had two sleds. Every time we go out she impresses me with how quickly she is learning. Since she is so new at this I'm waiting to see if she keeps an interest in sledding or if she will find "boys" and forget all about it. It will be a sad day for me if she gives up sledding all together but I was young once too so understand if it happens. If she can find a balance of both I can see upgrading her sled to more of a mountain sled rather than a trail sled. She is always hesitant and nervous (which is a good thing) yet she surprises me with the things she wants to try. I give her as much guidance and instruction as I can as often as I can but ultimately it is up to her whether she wants to do whatever I am trying to help her with. Navigating over a fallen tree or going down a steep trail for example. More often than not she is a trooper and will try- we have a very strong trust bond. She may doubt herself but she trusts me that I'm telling her she is capable of the task, if you know what I mean.
So far we have only had one scary moment where she misjudged her speed and came in way too hot. She kept control of the sled and rode it out (she never gave up) She slid the sled sideways to a stop and came within 5 feet of a closed gate. The first thing she said is she felt bad. Thought I would be disappointed with her. The dangers of sledding became all to real and at that moment I wanted to load the sleds up and sell them. The "what if" plays in my mind over and over again. The conditions played a factor. It was warm out and the snow was sloppy.We both learned a lesson that day. We really enjoy our time together. The drives out and back we get to spend some one on one time which is really nice. We make each other laugh constantly by goofing off. She brings her I Pod and plugs it into the truck radio and we listen to what ever is on it. Lately its been Johnny Cash! :-)We have a routine where we get some treats for the trip. Cooking Pogo's in our Muffpots during the Sled ride and stopping for some beef jerky on the way home.Although we don't go near avalanche territory we have recently purchased beacons, probes and shovels. We have been to one Avalanche course and will take more. Maybe one day we will get into more advanced areas and when we do we will be prepared.
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