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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The only way to fly.................

Sarah just discovered a better way to fly this year........... :)

No more breakable plastic sleds. Bruce and I dug out the REAL sled.....steel wool and then wax on the moves faster than sh*t through a Canada Goose ;) Sarah was always scared of it. Not anymore. She found out that not only can you go faster than everyone else on Mt. Trashmore (it's in Evanston, Illinois), you can steer, too.....

She's finally realizing that "safety" was a non-issue when her father and I were kids.  I think we had more fun in a world without legalities, liabilities, threats of litigation over a band aide on a kid's finger....blah, blah, blah.

I mean, day I hope she shows her kids the joys of shooting street signs with a BB gun aimed out the 2nd floor bedroom window at night, and sledding down hills with "NO sledding" signs.....I'll continue being a bad role model in hope that she does :)

Mt. Trashmore on a snowless day
Sign? I didn't see any signs...'gju see a sign? Nah....
Mount Trashmore is a 65 ft. hill located in Robert E. James Park in Evanston, Illinois. Mount Trashmore is an example of landfill reuse as it was a solid waste landfill that was closed and converted into a park in 1965.
In 1973, Evanston began allowing skiing on Mount Trashmore,  installing a tow rope and snow making machines.
Since skiing was prohibited in the 80's, Mount Trashmore remained a popular sledding and tobogganing hill in the winter as well as a popular destination for runners and hikers in the summer.
In the summer of 1995, Northwestern University football strength and conditioning director, Larry Lilja planted a small Rose Bowl flag at the top of Mount Trashmore and had the Wildcats repeatedly run up the mountain.  They went on to play in the Rose Bowl on January 1, 1996.


  1. love the sled....also really enjoying Trudy Pitts by the way. Thanks very much.

  2. De Nada :) I'm seriously trying to locate (It's either buried in the basement, or in a box of LPs given to Sarah's old piano teacher) a copy of "Bucket full of soul", by Trudy. Once I locate it, I will try to get a listenable file of it uploaded. I know it's a rare LP to find, but it's so damn good. I keep looking to see if anyone posts a good file of it online, considering that she just passed. If I can find it, I will get a copy on here ASAP.

  3. Hi there and a some what belated Merry Christmas...
    Our Mt Trashmore... I'm in Winnipeg... is referred to as Garbage Hill (officially called Westview Park)...
    Great place to take pictures from...

  4. You won't believe this, but I've actually seen, but not been on, your Garbage Hill. When visiting my husband's Aunt June(his Aunt is June "Pepper" Harris, who lives and performs in Winnipeg). Actually, from what I've found out, there are quite a few Mt. Trashmore's down in the states, must be a popular name :)