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Wednesday, November 5th marked the first measurable amount of snow for the Rugby area. It started snowing in the early morning hours, and by the time we awoke, there was about an inch of fresh white stuff on the ground. This was a monumental morning in the Fritz home as this day only comes once a year! When my second oldest, Kiefer, peered out the window you could hear the excitement in his voice. “It snowed last night!” he said. We all finished getting ready for the day and out the door we went with an extra hop in our step. I thought for sure the snow would melt by the time we arrived home from school and work, but it didn’t. When I picked up the boys from daycare they immediately asked about riding. “Dad can we snowmobile in the yard when we get home?” This is music to most snow goer father’s ears. A few short minutes later and 3 tugs on the rope, the mini z was running. After a brief warm up period, Kiefer blasted from the garage and into the yard making the first tracks. Proudly standing in the yard watching him spin lap after lap I felt somewhat left out. Heck, there was plenty of snow for me too, why am I just standing here? I sauntered into the garage, popped up the killswitch, hit the orange start button and the Etec was ready to rock! I cautiously drove it off the front of the trailer, out the garage door and into the yard making my own first tracks. We made a few laps riding side by side me mainly checking out my balance and strength by attempting to make a full lap on one ski. Almost tipping a few times I decided it was best if I drove normal and not jeopardize my weak, healing ankle. We continued riding until the pink sun disappeared into the cool November horizon. It’s moments like those when I am so glad to be a part of the snowmobile community and I’m extremely lucky to have a family who enjoys snowmobiling like I do. Cheers to a winter full of fresh snowy mornings, above normal temps, and your own first tracks!
Special Thanks to the Gasmann Coulee Cruises and the work they went through in putting together another successful SND convention in Minot. The Northern Lights Trail Blazers were well represented at the convention and the Knains were awarded “Family of the Year”. Thank you Mark Shipley for your time on the SND Board representing region 2 and a warm welcome to Nick Parslow who takes Marks spot.