As we get closer to Thanksgiving and temperatures start to drop, have you started thinking about what you are going to do for the next 5 months when we get snow? How about getting back to your childhood roots and doing some sledding this winter.

When I was a kid, I prayed for excessive amounts of snow. I hoped for "snow days" everytime there was a threat of snow. We didn't get a lot of snow days in St. Joe when I was a kid, my theory was that if Stevensville didn't cancel school, St. Joe wasn't going to do it either. It worked both ways. Rival schools, you know how it goes.

Some of my favorite childhood memories include sledding at Kiwanis Park in St. Joe. It started with the walk to the hill with my friends. The oddball conversations we'd have were always fun. We also took our sledding very serious. My friends and I would load our sleds with snow and spend an hour building a ramp at the bottom of the hill that we could get some air off of. Not only did my circle of friends enjoy it but other kids in the neighborhood did too. We would spend five or six hours at the sledding hill, the only reason we ever went home was to thaw our bodies out and maybe grab a bite to eat.

When it comes to sledding, are you a saucer sled or runner sled type of person? If the hill is compact and slick, you'll catch me on a runner.

Family Friendly Sledding Hills in Mid Michigan

Hawk Island Park - 1601 E Cavanaugh Rd, Lansing, MI 48910

Hidden Sledding Hill - Pebblebrook Ln, East Lansing, MI 48823 (Anything labeled as hidden and doesn't have a website must be fun!)

John Taylor Memorial Park - 4221 Charlar Dr, Holt, MI 48842

Ehinger Park - 315 Chesterfield Pkwy, East Lansing, MI 48823

Granger Meadows Sledding Hill Park - Granger Meadows Ln, Lansing, MI 48906

Burchfield Park - 881 Grovenburg Rd, Holt, MI 48842

North Meridian Road Park - 5191 Meridian Rd, Williamston, MI 48895

Ranney Park - 3201 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912

Fitzgerald Park - 100 Fitzgerald Park Dr, Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Grand Woods Park - Grand Woods Park Dr, Lansing, MI 48906

Mickey Mouse Hill - 1623 Burcham Dr, East Lansing, MI 48823

Sledding: 1900-1940

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