Saturday, January 30, 2016

Wisconsin With Kids ~ Standing Rocks Park {Portage County}

 Winters in Wisconsin can get long if you don't embrace winter.  We had an awesome opportunity to use the Standing Rocks ski area through a nearby homeschool coop.  For $5 a person we were able to rent any and all equipment needed for downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.  Some of us took advantage of this opportunity and had a great day skiing with fellow homeschoolers.

This was Peter's first time on skis.  His favorite "hill" was just outside the warming lodge.  He skied around the tree many, many times.  I did get him down a gentle, short bunny hill, but he screamed the entire way, so back to "his hill" he went.  He loved it!

After trying cross-country skiing, Amber helped Peter for a bit.

Sam's a snowboarder and really got some speed this year.

Taking a rest.

I didn't get any pictures of the girls downhill skiing or cross-country skiing, but I do have one us eating lunch in the warming house.  No matter how cold it is, the warming house - with two fireplaces - is toasty warm.  As you can tell from the picture we took bread, PB & J, cheese, carrots, crackers, some nuts, water......a very basic picnic lunch.  I overheard a conversation between a mother and son sitting next to us which reminded me just how similar families are.  A boy of about 12 came in and told his mom he was starving.  She pointed to the table and said, "well, we have bread, PB, cheese, carrots, Vitamin waters."  Her son cut in saying he didn't want any of that.  Guess what her response was?  "Then you must not be that hungry."  And back out to the slopes he went.  I smiled and thought how familiar that sounded.

Standing Rocks doesn't have the biggest or most hills in the area, but for beginners like us, it's just perfect.

For more of our travels around Wisconsin With Kids click here.