Which Janesville sledding hill is best?
Grandson Remy, who turns 4 next month, was wound up when he arrived at our house Sunday night. He's a night owl by nature and was still awake, chattering away to himself, long after everyone else had gone to sleep. He kept waking me up, and I wasn't happy, given that my work alarm rang at 5 a.m.
On Christmas Day, Remy, his 11-year-old sister, Lexi, and their dad and I took them to Arden Park, behind the Janesville Mall, for some sledding.
We were only on the hill a half hour or so, but Remy fell asleep before 10 p.m. Maybe the repeated hill climbs and fresh air did the trick.
About a dozen people were on the hill, but most seemed to be going down the back side. That might be steeper, but you risk running into bushes along the sides or a utility box near the bottom. One adult quickly skidded into the fence just off the sledding paths.
What's your favorite sledding hill in Janesville? Other popular ones through the years have been those in Palmer, Riverside and Lustig parks. Remy and Lexi went to the Palmer Park hill, near the base of Lexington Drive, one winter, but the hill was icy and Lexi and her dad almost skidded into the street before they rolled off.
I can recall more than two decades ago when former Gazette reporter Elizabeth McGowan visited all of Janesville's hills and rated them by "yahoos," though I don't remember which one got the best marks.