Thursday, July 8, 2010

INNOVATIONS IN SLEDDING

This is a re-run of a post written two years ago that was accidently deleted from my blog.  My apologies to anyone who has already read it.

Aguas Calient√©s is a small town along the Urubamba River at a terminus of a railroad.  The place was built up mainly to accommodate visitors to the wondrous ruins of Machu Picchu.

In some places the streets are steep walkways with steps and terraced landings on one side.  On the other side are narrow ramps for the use of small carts and hand trucks that bring goods to the businesses of the area.

When school lets out in the afternoon children walk up these streets on their way home.

I was taking in this whole scene when I noticed a handful of boys.

From somewhere they produced a flattened two-liter plastic bottle.

They stopped at the top of one of the ramps and took turns riding their “sled” to the next terrace.

Plenty of shouts and laughter followed the rider as he spun down the bumpy slope.

This went on for a while until a uniformed policeman approached.  The ride and the boys quickly disappeared.

6 comments:

DayPhoto said...

Aren't children the most innovative people around? Makes me wonder what the kids coming up will be like....so many never have to come up with something to do, nor can they find joy in small things. You only ever see the top of thier heads because they are stuck in DS or ipod world. Sad really.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

frayedattheedge said...

How wonderful to see the enjoyment in such a simple game!!

CeeCee said...

Ha! The wonder of a child's brain to make a toy out of trash! You know their mommas were wondering how they'd worn places in the backside of their pants.

Kamana said...

looks like fun!

Mama Zen said...

How fun!

Kilauea Poetry said...

Hey, nice captures!! You don't need to appologize..I do that (I'd have to too,lol)). Really, there are so many new bloggers now who I realize haven't seen past posts. Besides, if their memory is like mine they might of forgotten? (grin). So typical of children finding a way to enhance the fun! You make really great posts Leenie~ as well as being consistently unique! Thanks- hope your enjoying your weekend-