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BigD

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It was taken in the town of Eagles Mere, PA with a Canon 50D camera on 01/25/2009.
The town is where past governors of the state of Pennsylvania would come to for some R and R. This weekend is different in the town of Eagles Mere, the last time they were able to set up the toboggan run was in 2004 because the weather hasn’t been cold enough until this year. It’s been a tradition since 1902. A group of local volunteer firemen came together and built the toboggan run. The ice is 16 to 18 inches thick and they used an old 24 inch circular ice saw that powers with a 4 cyclinder Wisconsin engine like the one that runs an old hay baler. The toboggan run is over a 1/4 of a mile long laid with ice cubes from the Eagles Mere lake. The firemen have fifty whole made toboggan sleds that they rent out. A group of seven can get two rides in a hour and they have to go back to the end of the line that is 3 hours long or more. There is refreshments for the ones that are waiting. I could smell the aroma of hot chocolate, coffee and hot dogs in the cold brisk air. From babies to senior citizens enjoying the tradition that has been handed down from generation to generation. The local State Police clocked the speed of one of the toboggan’s coming down the steep grade at 45 miles per hour. The spokeperson said they used go faster then that back in the early 1900’s because they had a wooden ramp they used to come off onto the ice. In the image you can see the second person giving me the thumbs up and they were doing 45 miles per hour when I took the photo.

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