A newbie on the trails – watch out!

Jan. 7, 2008

by Aaron Schultz

As a very, very young boy, I remember riding with my dad on his very, very old snowmobile.

In fact, there is one very good story about one time I took a trip with dear old dad to town for some soup for my sick mother. But, I don’t believe I’ll tell that story in this column.

However, if you ever run into my dad, ask him, and he might just tell you.

Anyways, back to the point. I haven’t been on a snowmobile since at that very young age.

Well, that all changed this past New Year’s Eve weekend.

At a friends’ cabin in Wisconsin for the weekend, we decided to rent a couple of snowmobiles and head out on the trails for the day.

There was plenty of snow, and a large number of trails to take advantage of, so I figured I’d give it a shot.

I was excited to get started, but also very nervous. See, I’m not the biggest risk-taker around. I don’t like heights, drive my car like an old man, and take every precaution possible whenever doing something that might injure me.

Sure, you might call me a wuss, but I’m a wuss that usually stays out of the hospital.

The morning came, and we headed to the rental place to pick up our sleds.

I was able to get it started, and figured out how to move along, and brake. It turns out sleds aren’t that complicated.

Right away, I had to cross a highway to get to the trail. Made it across without any problems.

However, then we needed to go down a pretty steep bank to get back to the cabin.

I was a little nervous, but it wasn’t a problem.

However, a few minutes later was when my first problem on the snowmobile occurred.

That bank we had to go down, we now needed to go up to get back on the trail.

Not too familiar with the throttle, just yet. It took me three times to make it up the hill.

Alright, back on the trail, we were off, and it was a blast.

There weren’t too many snowmobilers out at that time of day, much to do with the Green Bay Packers playing at that time I’m sure.

Still, I experienced little problems moving around the trails, other than going too slow, and needing to catch up.

That is, until we entered a town, which is when I understood that snowmobiles aren’t made to go on pavement.

I needed to turn, and there wasn’t any snow on the road. I nearly ran right into a car parked in front of a funeral home.

I actually had to put one foot on the ground and push myself over to avoid the car.

The final problem I experienced on that day-long snowmobile adventure was turning sharp, in deep snow, in a ditch.

After my friend led us down the wrong way, we had to turn around. I managed to tip the sled over.

Luckily, I was going pretty slow, and was able to tip it right back upright. But not before jamming my finger pretty good.

I know, I’m a wuss, but my finger is still pretty swollen.

Alright, back to it. After I got back on the sled, we continued on the trails, back to the rental place to drop the snowmobiles back off.

It was a fun day, and I definitely am looking forward to doing more snowmobiling in the future.

Top 100 movie quotes

The top 100 movie quotes picked by ESPN continue, with quotes 75 through 71.

• 75: “My dad died when he was 39. Hodgkins. My grandfather, my uncle, same thing. None of ‘em made it past the age of 45, so I’m gonna live my life the way I want! Why don’t you get off my back. Call your wife, go cry to her about it.”

This comes from one of my all-time favorite movies “61.” The quote is from Mickey Mantle talking about his wild-living ways.

Quote is great, and I’d actually have it higher on my own list.

• 74: “He must be the stupidest son of a bitch alive. But he sure is fast!”

The quote comes from the movie “Forest Gump,” and is said by the Alabama head football coach, talking about Gump.

I love this movie, and the quote is hilarious, but I don’t consider this a sports movie, so I wouldn’t put the quote on my list. Still a great movie, and a great quote.

• 73: “520? You get 400 for just spelling your name correctly.”

This comes from a very underrated movie, “Blue Chips.”

The quote is talking about a college basketball recruit that did less than spectacular on his SAT college entrance test.

I love this movie, and the quote is awesome – should be higher.

• 72: “See that look in their eyes, Rock? You gotta get that look back, Rock. Eye of the tiger, man.”

Any guesses which movie this comes from? Alright, it is pretty obvious, “Rocky III.”

Very good quote from a very good movie. And the song, “Eye of the Tiger,” is even better.

• 71: “Dodgeball is a sport of violence, exclusion, and degradation.”

The movie is “Dodgeball,” and the quote comes from the character Patches O’Houlihan.

Very good movie, and a pretty good quote. Belongs on the list, but not sure this high – maybe around 85 or so.