Family Snow Day 2017 - Frog Lake, Oregon

After changing our plans last minute due to flight cancellations in San Diego, our Family Snow Day 2017 took place on Sunday. We had only ten of us this year with family from San Diego, CA and Reno, NV joining us. The weather was perfect with partly cloudy skies and a temperature around freezing much of the day.We had sun breaks and snow showers.

Nathan and I drove up early before everyone else, to set up for the day. We arrived at Frog Lake SnoPark just as it was getting light around 6:45 am. It had been nearly white-out conditions on the drive up, but the snow subsided by the time we parked. It was shaping up to be a great day. We were just about done getting the tent setup when Katie, Valerie, Julian, and Jessica arrived.

Waiting for everyone to arrive to Family Snow Day     View from Clear Lake Lookout Tower

While we were waiting for the others to show up, I took Nathan and Jessica on a snowmobile ride to Clear Lake Lookout Tower. It was fun, but kinda bumpy for Jessica who was riding on the back of one of my snowmobiles. Everything was great until we were just about back. I was planning on taking them down to see Frog Lake, but the turn was a little too sharp and I watch in slow motion and Nathan an Jessica rolled off the trail. Luckily no one was hurt and my snowmobile appeared to be fine. A very gracious group of snowshoers came by and offered to help. With their assistance we were able to write the upside down snowmobile and ride/tow it off the side of the hill. Piece of cake. I always love seeing the good in people.

Jessica and Nathan at Clear Lake Lookout     Rut roh - this sled is going to take some work to get back on the trail

By the time we arrived back at camp, everyone else was arriving. Perfect timing. Soon we were all having a blast playing in the snow. Nathan impressed us (especially Julian) with his snowball juggling act. Julian always tries to get me to juggle (very poorly I might add) so it was cool for him to see real juggling.

Julian and Katie snowmobiling at Frog Lake     Nathan is a great juggler

Everyone had a great day. It was a smaller crowd this year, but the weather was perfect.

Family snow day 2017!     Sledding down the hill

2016/17 Mileage

Trip: 27 miles
Season: 168 miles
Total Days: 7

2015/16 Season: 408 miles, 15 days

Gear List

2014 Polaris 800 Pro RMK Snowmobile
2013 Polaris 800 Switchback Assault Snowmobile
Up North Technologies PRO SERIES Snowmobile Cargo Rack
P-700-B Low Profile Powder Keg
Pelican Snow Trek Sport 75 Utility Sled
Otter Pro Magnum utility sled
Costco Aluminum Instant 10' x 10' Canopy with Sidewalls
Kni-Co Alaskan Jr Camp Wood Stove
HMK Summit V16 Pack
GMAX GM76X Helmet
Smith Phenom Turbo Fan Goggles
Columbia Men’s Bugaboot Plus III Titanium Omni-Heat Boots
HMK Hustler 2 Snowmobile Pants
Columbia Titanium Hightail II Softshell Jacket
HMK Cascade Snowmobile Jacket
Columbia Powerfly Down Puff Jacket
Head Digital Sport Liner Gloves
Outdoor Research Ambit Gloves
Columbia Men's Fast Trek Fleece Hat
HighGear ATF8 Altimeter
Petzl TIKKA XP 2 Headlamp
Olympus Tough TG-1 Camera
Sony HDR-AS200V ActionCam
Lifeline Aluminum Sport Utility Snow Shovel
Fiskars POWER TOOTH Softgrip 10" Folding Saw
First Aid Kit
Samsung Galaxy S6 Active w/BackCountry Navigator
Suunto A-10 Compass


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