Most children like splashing around in water. My dad would take us swimming often as we grew up.He would drive for hours to take us to a lake or a spring creek. I did not realize then how much time he was really setting aside for us.
He loved spending time with his two daughters. He would grill out hamburgers or lie on the shore taking a nap while we played. I love the memories of walking with him along the creek or sandy shore of the lake. Knowing many of my memories were made around water fun,I wanted to do something special for my children.
We saved money for a pool,but I just never felt comfortable buying one since our children don’t know how to swim. Our children are also small and we have another baby on the way! I just felt like purchasing a large pool was a headache I didn’t want to worry over.
Realizing a pool was not in their near future,our kids asked to spend the budgeted pool money on a Quad Racer slip n’ slide. On the trip home from the store,I pictured water running all over the lawn,over grown grass and bored,sore children from trying to slide on flat ground.
“What if I put the slide on a hill?” I thought to myself.
Suddenly my creative thoughts went wild! I envisioned a HUGE slip n slide that would put any store bought product to shame. After all the hard work,time and creativity,I am ready to share the plan with you! So if you want to build your own slip,slide n’ splash here’s how I did it.
I used one 4×8 sheet of pine sheeting,a few 2x4s and,20×25 6 mil plastic sheeting along with the above mentioned slide. You can refer to the diagram to see how we cut the pine sheeting and stakes.
Make sure you sand the cut boards to remove splinters that could tear the plastic or hurt the children. Round the corners of the side boards so the children don’t hit the point as they slide.Lastly you want to roll up some tarps or use swimming pool noodles to guide the water into your pool area.
To build the frame:
All you need to do is place three stakes in the ground at the bottom of the hill and screw the back board to the three stakes. Next mark the place for the side boards making sure the corners meet closely to corners of the back board to give support to the plastic or the water will bulge through the place where the boards meet. Use two stakes on each side board. They only need to go in the ground about 6 inches.
Eliding the Truth: Proud to Be An American?2002-01-30 10:08:21 by justyouraveragecitizen
By Jay Moore
-- January 28, 2002
I spent a recent weekend in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Plymouth, to remind you, is the place where American folklore, if not necessarily American history, got its first start. It is the location where a small group of English exiles arrived in 1620 seeking freedom for their form of Christian religion. They were almost totally inept when it came to living in the new land, and many of them perished in the cold and hunger of that first long hard winter. But the new colony was rescued from oblivion by some kindhearted members of the Wampanoags who brought them gifts of food and then taught them how to grow the local crops, corn, beans and squashes
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