Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tubing at Berkshire East

Let me start off by saying that despite being born and having lived my entire life in New England, I am not a huge fan of winter activities.  I much prefer to stay inside where it's warm.   Sure, as the mom of 2 hockey playing boys and wife to a hockey playing man, I spend a lot of time at the ice rink, but it's an inside rink so while it's still cold there, even when the heat is going full blast, it's not usually cold to the point of being unbearable.

This week it's school vacation and I've been trying to come up with some fun things to do with the kids.     Today's fun thing was a group activity with Trevor's Tiger Cub Scout den, and I was not nearly as excited about it as the kids were.    

The plan?   Tubing at Berkshire East in Charlemont, MA, which is only about 45 minutes from here.   We were to all meet there around 10 am and tube for 2 hours.      

So it was 10 minutes before I want to leave and the kids were dilly dallying, complaining because they were going to have to ride so long in the car wearing their snow pants.  Finally we got in the car and were on our way.  The boys were super exited and talking a mile a minute to each other in the backseat and there I was, driving us all there but still not enthused about our little winter adventure.

We got to the lodge and saw some of the other families, we paid for our tickets and headed outside.   We grabbed our tubes and headed for the tubing area.  I was thinking 'here we go, how much longer til we can leave?'  lol  As I stood standing at the top looking down, the thought changed to 'why did I agree to this?'

They have 3 different lanes and a guy helping out at the top of each lane.  Not knowing any better, I picked the middle.  The guy was great, he asked how fast I wanted to go and if I wanted to go straight or spin my way down the hill.   I choose Medium fast and straight.   He gave me a push and I was off.

It was awesome!!!   Well, ok, the first time down the hill wasn't exactly awesome.  I wasn't quite sure what to expect, and sitting in the tube waiting for the push, it seriously looked like I was going to go right off the side of a cliff and I think I may have screamed a little as I left the safety of the top of the hill, but then it was awesome.    Although I'll also say that as you're barreling down the hill in the tube with absolutely no way of stopping or controlling which side of the lane you're careening down, you feel like a human bowling ball and from about halfway done, you're hoping like crazy that the person that went down ahead of you hurries up and gets himself and his tube the heck outta your way before they turn into a human bowling pin.

They have a conveyor belt that will bring you and the tube back up the hill for your next trip, so you get a little break to catch your breath in between adrenaline rushes! 

 For my second trip down the hill, I tried out the lane on the left side, and that pusher guy was great.   After a few times down, he even remembered that I wanted to go straight and medium fast without even having to ask me, and I also got braver and went to straight and fast until finally I was at straight and a little faster!

Our two hours there flew by and before I knew it, they were announcing that time was up.       We are definitely going to have to go back again and who knows I just may end up going down the lane on the right, which has a bigger dropoff than the middle one, so maybe not!!!

So if you're looking for a fun winter adventure on weekends or during this week's school vacation in Western Massachusetts, check out the tubing at Berkshire East.   For adults, it's $20 for 2 hours and for kids up to 12, it's $15.00 for 2 hours.     And also check out this youtube video that shows how much fun it is!

disclaimer: *I was not financially compensated for this post. Any opinions expressed are completely my own and it's unlikely that everyone will share my opinion!


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