I have never been skiing or snowboarding. My one attempt at ice skating was humiliating.
I hugged the wall and then I slipped.
I screamed, “It’s wet!”
My friends started laughing. When they could catch their breaths, they said, “Sandra, it’s ice. What did you expect?”
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I expected a little sympathy. But no. All of them had roller skating experience, which helped them a lot.
I’ve also never roller skated in my whole life. I do own a pair of in-line skates, which I’ve put on twice. Once in the store to check the size and once in Florida, where my nephew, Scott, said he’d teach me to skate. He was 10 at the time and was skating rings around me. I stood in one place for a few minutes. Then I came to my senses and decided it would be best for me to take those darned skates off. They’re in a bag somewhere.
I just got an e-mail from Stone Mountain Park that said it has a new attraction — Snow Mountain. It includes 11 tubing runs and two large play areas for the younger set.
So there’s no skiing or snowboarding. Just tubing.
I can do that. Well, as long as I’m with someone who won’t think it would be fun to make the tube go upside down. With me in it.
Besides the tubing runs and the play areas, there are places where you can sit and rest and drink hot drinks and get something to eat. They are the SnoDeck, SnoFire Point and HotSpot. Now, if there’s some cute Scandinavian guy to get my hot drink, I’ll be fine.
But since Stone Mountain is a state park, I’ll probably get a Bubba. No, no hot toddies because I don’t think alcohol can be sold there.
I guess I need to go to a real snow mountain for that.
I went online to check on a few things, and it’s recommended that you wear water-resistant clothing, gloves and boots. You should also wear ear muffs, scarf or hat. You should also layer your clothes because it might be cold when you get there, but after tubing for a while, you might get hot. After all, it’s still Atlanta, not Colorado.
You should also bring a change of clothing and shoes that you can put in rented locker. You won’t want to drive home in wet clothes. Even water-resistant clothes.
You should also call 800-317-2006 to get a weather update. You really don’t want to go if it’s raining, do you?
It’s open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 31, Jan. 11, Jan. 19 and Jan. 25; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Jan. 1-4, Jan. 10, Jan. 17-18, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14-15, Feb. 21 and Feb. 28; 4-10:30 p.m. Jan. 9, Jan. 16, Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27.
Tickets are $25; parking is $8.
Stone Mountain Park is 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta. Take I-285 to exit 39B, which is Highway 78 East. The park is at exit 8 on Highway 78.
Call 770-498-5690, 800-317-2006 or go to www.stonemountainpark.com.