Winter breaks the past couple of years have been lacking one thing - snow.
This year, several kids took advantage of having plenty of white stuff on the ground Friday afternoon by bundling up and taking to the hills of John F. Kennedy Memorial Park north of Fort Dodge.
Around 30 kids, and kids at heart, spent the afternoon coasting down the hills toward Badger Lake behind the Bob Heun Shelter in the park on sleds, saucers and homemade equipment. There was even a Snowoto, a steerable device resembling a miniature snowmobile complete with a seat and blades controlled by the rider's hands, which help move the sled downhill.
-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Adam Johnson, of Fort Dodge, seems to be enjoying the ride down the sledding hill at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park at least as much as his son, Noah Johnson, 4. The pair took advantage of a new layer of snow and warmer temperatures to have some fun outdoors Friday.
"I've had it a while, just didn't get to use it much until now," said 9-year-old Matt Surles, owner of the Snowmoto.
Surles, and his friend, Chevy Frank, 13, were enjoying the snow, and hoped it wouldn't be the last of it for the season.
"I love the snow," said Frank.
Neither Frank nor Surles seemed to mind that the snow even gave them an extended winter break from school.
"We got Thursday and Friday off too," said Surles.
Surles said he was happy it had warmed up enough to spend some time outdoors after spending a few cold days indoors enjoying some of his Christmas presents while eagerly awaiting the opportunity to use another.
"I got a new helmet for riding motorcycles," he said. "Tomorrow I'll get to use that when we go out riding."
Harley Bryson, 9, of Fort Dodge, also enjoyed getting a chance to do some sledding after not having enough snow the past couple of winters.
"I've been here almost all day," said Bryson. "I love the snow."