A Truly Sweet Carnival

Winter Carnival is amazing.  It feels like a Sunday, yet it is only Friday.  Having Friday off, as well as most of Thursday, has given me a nice long break from work.  Today, I took advantage of 99-cent Ski Day at the Dartmouth Skiway.  One of my friends taught me and another friend how to snowboard.  By the end of the day, I went home with my backside sore and my head beaming.

I’ve never snowboarded, surfed, or skateboarded before, so I was not prepared for what I was facing today.  Simply standing still on the board without slipping and sliding around was an issue.  Before I clipped on my skateboard, the “bunny” hill looked small and harmless, but after I fell over simply standing on my board, it started to look huge and menacing, as if it had a huge, menacing mouth with sharp teeth jutting out.  Eventually, I made it up to the top and skateboarded down, and it was such a shock and a rush to see how fast I was going (when I didn’t fall halfway down the hill, of course).

My friends and I went early in the morning, but as time wore on, more and more people joined us on the slope.  I found it hilarious that as I was fumbling around and falling down, tiny kids were gracefully whizzing by me.  My friend heard a young boy who looked no taller than 3 feet say in a high-pitched voice, “Wow, there are a lot of learners today.”

Though some have lamented that it has been warm and there hasn’t been a lot of snow, I rather enjoyed today’s balmy 40-degree weather, especially since my pants were soaking wet.  There was still powdery snow beneath my boots and board, that’s all that mattered to me.  The views were majestic and picturesque, and it felt warm enough to wear nothing more than a t-shirt.  I still don’t know how to turn and my stopping skills are rudimentary, but I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress and maxed out the amount of fun a person is allowed to have in a day.

Yesterday, I met up with my floor and people I haven’t seen in a while at the opening ceremony of the carnival.  Having big weekends each term gives everyone on campus a chance to recharge, reconnect with friends we haven’t seen in a while, and have a whole lot of fun.  Though there weren’t the traditional fireworks yesterday, which was a bummer, I got free hot chocolate, cookies, and pizza and spent the rest of the day goofing off.  I’m grateful for Winter Carnival – it has truly been sweet.

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