Yesterday we held the 7th Annual Sledding Party at the Farash Center in Ionia and the conditions were absolutely perfect! There were approx. 30 people that attended and enjoyed one of the most beautiful winter days I've ever seen for sledding, playing in the powder or hiking in the woods.
I can't thank everyone who was there and helped make it happen but a special thanks goes to Tom Yale who shoveled off the deck, ramps and walkways, to Joel Schmid for opening the site up, to Glen Cummings for helping remove the snow from the roll-offs and to Bob McCombs for plowing.
We were able to view the sun with the new solar telescopes but the high cirrus clouds prevented us from seeing much if any detail. The snow was perfect, about 7" deep and it packed just right for sleds, toboggans, skies and ski boards. A few of us hiked the yellow trail and the railroad bed to the biggest sugar maple ( I think, we'll have to wait till see some leaves before we rule out that it's an oak ) that I've ever seen. The woods were really beautiful and Bob Crumrine measured the total distance as 1.5 miles with his GPS.