Two other dads and I took a group of skiers to Itasca for the weekend to ski. Snow conditions did not allow skiing, so we went on a hike with a football. The other fathers and I hustled to keep up, as the kids ran, jumped and tackled each other. I am impressed by their ability to make the best of a ski trip without enough snow to ski.
When we got to our cabin we discovered that the furnace was out; it was ambient temperature or colder inside. Kids huddled around an electric space heater and had a blast.
During a similar trip last year the skiers and I waded the Mississippi's icy waters. This year one of the boys decided that we needed to get submerged. Five skiers and I went into the shallow water and did a push-up to get under the surface. This turned into a push up contest. The winner was able to do about 10 below the water.
Harris makes the swim and walks back to our changing tent and a set of dry clothes. We kept wool socks on to protect our feet in and out of the water. This trick made being submerged in the cold water easier than I anticipated.
It is good to travel with people who are interested in making their own fun. I am proud to associate with such fine young people.