Two winters ago, the Spangler family embarked upon an afternoon of fun that has come to be known ever since as simply, "Redneck Sledding." And since this is officially the day after Thanksgiving and the holiday season is upon us, I felt like this might be an appropriate time to pause and reflect on the fun and the elements of danger we seem to crave here on the farm.
In this photo, you'll note the dismembered top of a poly tank. With a rope tied to it. You can put two and two together. Clearly, it was big fun. It went fast, it spun, it occasionally flipped, and cousins were, occasionally, thought to be knocked out. But check out those smiles!
The afternoon of fun was so momentous, in fact, that the entire family still talks of it. Two years later. Last year's snow-free winter was a major disappointment to the little people around here, mostly because it meant no redneck sledding could be had.
Why the craziness? I'm not sure, though if you watch Duck Dynasty, you may have a clue as to the mentality here. It boils down to: "I think we could make this work a little better." Because what's the fun in just buying a plain old sled and running it down a hill?
Redneck sledding. It's big fun.
The archives: 30 Days on a Prairie Farm
Kickoff: 30 Days on a Prairie Farm
Day 1: Working Kids
Day 2: Biotechnology
Day 3: Harvest Eats
Day 4: Church
Day 5: Biotechnology, Again
Day 6: Long Haul
Day 7: Hormones
Day 8: Weather
Day 9: Milk
Day 10: County Fairs
Day 11: Harvest
Day 12: Technology
Day 13: Show Ring
Day 14: Leave the Farm
Day 15: Dialogue
Day 16: Store Grain
Day 17: Love
Day 18: Kid Love
Day 19: Straight Rows
Day 20: Antibiotics
Day 21: Bottle Calf
Day 22: Relationship
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