Ryan invited me to go ice skating with some people in a play group he helps out with. I had nothing better planned and was keen on the idea of just doing something a bit different. I hadn’t done this in a very long time, but I figured it would be like riding a bike. I stayed over at Ryan’s (for the third night in a row) since we would be leaving from his house early in the morning. We followed a car to get there, not too far, but in an area of the city I had never been to before.
The actual facilities were pretty much what one would expect, just a rink, and skate rental, and snack area. Though, there were some things that surprised me, one being the large number of people there. There were a lot of people, and considering tickets were about 15 dollars a person, it was hard to believe people could be persuaded. In America, even if its only 3 dollars, there isn’t a large draw. Going to Rosa Park’s Circle in GR is always a popular option though, with it only costing 1 dollar.
So after getting my 29cm skates laced, it was off to the rink. I just hopped on and there were on problems at all with ability, I never fell. It was just skating circles and chatting. I talked a bit with some of the moms that were a part of our group, and played with all their kids. Overall I would say I was pretty popular among the kids, and they would often hold mine or Ryan’s hand to keep from falling down. The moms were asking me how to skate backwards, but they were especially having trouble with the front to back transition.
Eventually it was lunch time, and we ate there, thinking that it would be time to go after that. We had after all been skating for a full two hours before lunch. When we asked about their plans, they were apparently going to be going doing this for another 1 to 2 hours. Wow. I don’t care how much fun you are having, no one in American would ever turn casual ice skating into a full on day trip. That is a bit too much of just shuffling about, not really doing anything exhilarating. It sounds like this sort of thing could happen again in the future.
Here are a shots of me being awesome. The kids loved me.