Hello from the Laurel Highlands.
Springtime again. Cleaning up the toys from our travels, and prepping them for storage. Where did you ride this season? We managed to track down some snow for a bit of fun. This has been the least amount of snow around home that I can remember.
Today is Monday, March 9, 2020 and the temperature is above 60 degrees. As a snowmobiler, I have to ask myself some questions:
- Am I in the wrong sport?
- Where did our winter go?
- If I am a snowmobile dealer, how do I pay the bills?
- Should I move to the UP of Michigan????
- Did I only ride my sled twice all year?
- The only time I visited LHSC was for meetings. Is that true?????
- I counted the last 5 years with very little snow. Is this correct?
The saying states “everyone talks about the weather, but we can’t do anything about it.” On Monday, the weatherman says it will a high of 60 degrees today, and tomorrow we could have a frost on the ground. I was a science teacher for 40 years, and I do not have the answers.
Shelly and I are both snowmobile safety instructors. We teach a class every year at LHSC. The number of students has been down for the past 3 years. It has been our policy if you sign up a child to take the class you will also take the class. Here are the reasons I thought the numbers were down:
- DCNR now gives the snowmobile safety class on line for $29.50. By the way, the class is from the state of Texas, where they have no snow.
- The cost of a snowmobile is too much money.
- It stopped snowing in Pennsylvania.
All that said, I’m still staying active in the club and attending the meetings. The friends we’ve gathered in the snowmobile community have been priceless. We share a unique bond and love of winter. Monthly, we talk about each other’s travels, future sled projects, and just share general friendly conversation. You are welcome to join us. So many of us socialize outside of club times, and share a variety of other hobbies together. It’s great to have a way to meet so many like minded people.
Our next gathering is the meeting on Thursday, April 9 at 8:00 in the clubhouse. Then on April 25, weather permitting, we will be holding the annual Adopt a Highway. Everything you need will be provided at the event. It counts as a workday towards reduced member costs at renewal time. The cost of renewal drops after three workdays per family. Hope you will join in the fun as we find unusual things along the way.
Until next time — live life to it’s fullest!
Jim Wilkinson & Shelly Buckles