Sunday, February 8, 2015

Party on a frozen lake

It was finally a weekend with promised sun and not another foot of snow coming down from the skies (that would start today). Well, the sunshine only lasted half of the day but nevertheless, time for explorations! The Tobbaggan National Championship takes places in Camden each winter, and it is described as “Mardi Gras in the Snow”. It very much is. Camden was my destination for the day, and I stopped by in Belfast and had a lunch at Chases and then I was on to the Camden Snow Bowl. As usual, it was not too crowded, the school buses are used to transport people from downtown Camden to the Tobbaggan race 2 Miles away, and it was indeed, a party. A party on a frozen lake.

The tobbaggan race is down a narrow, iced chute on what can only be described at the most antique, basic sleds, and it sprawls out on a frozen lake at the end of the chute. There is much hollering, whistles, bells and cheering when such a 4-person sleds races down the chute at 35Mi/h, and much laughter (of course) when the riders all fall over each other at the end of it. Most participants are local, but they arrive from all over the country. The spectators have tailgating like tents with open fires and chairs and music on the ice, too, and so it is all a big party. Good fun!
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Like the rest of us, Chase’s Daily also under snow siege
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Open kitchen in Chase’s daily
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The country ketchup at Northwood Gourmet Girl is spectacular.
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Here we are: snowy Camden.
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The chute:
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Two tobbaggans.
The start of the chute
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Under 10 seconds!
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A mini tobbaggan.
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For the hungry..
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For the cold and hungry.
And what is happening on the ice?
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A good finish.
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An assisted finish. And a party for the rest.
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Tailgating on the ice.
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Back in town it was nice and warm in the Owl and Turtle bookshop.
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There were fireworks at 6:30pm but I was already on my way home.

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