Extreme science adventures – the sludge trudge!

We have been deluged in snow, affording an opportunity to go extremely fast down a steep hill in the neighborhood!

But how fast is this hill really? How steep is it? To figure that out, we had to head back out in the cold rain and slush and hike over to the hill with our GPS, trudge down it to the bottom, then back home to do some geometry. It was all worth it, though – we won a bet with Daddy that the change in elevation was more than 200 ft! We knew the distance traveled was .4 mi so that is 2112 feet. A simple rise over run formula delivers the grade – that’s a 10% grade hill. Very fast for sledding! Lovgreen hill geometry shows you our whole illustrated lesson.

Where we live, 100 ft changes in elevation provide micro-climates. We live at about 340 ft elevation, so our house got more snow – in fact several inches more snow – than homes situated closer to sea level. The slush is staying around a lot longer, too. Good snacks and good gear made this extreme science outing possible. The boys rated their Red Ledge rain slickers and pants to be waterproof, their boots worked well (toes remained dry) and the promise of M&Ms at the top of the hill got us back in one piece. They were tired from hiking through sludge, though. More tired than I thought they would be on this 2 mile hike. Good practice for other extreme science adventures. We were literally the only ones out walking around at all. To a normal person, this is miserable weather now – the fun flakes are now just huge sodden drops. We sure enjoyed several days of snow adventures, though!

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