We’ve got some firewood left over from the SnowJam bonfire, so we’re getting out the matches and having a second bonfire this year at the club’s warming house.
Join us Saturday, Feb 26 at 3 PM for a bonfire. We’ll supply some snacks and cocoa. Bring your sleds and your family for a great afternoon feature a warm fire, a chance to talk about snowmobiling and a groomed trail ride to the event. The warming house is located about eight miles east of Arthur on the trail. Hope to see you there!
(Here’s a picture from the fire we had in January.)
A typical snowmobiler is:
• A person who is too old for a sled but young enough to remember the fun it used to be.
• A person who prays for snow, but grumbles when he is cleaning the walk.
• A person who waits for cold weather so she can dress up to stay warm.
• A person will will completely overhaul a snowmobile in the middle of nowhere and call AAA when the car won’t start in the heated garage.
• A person who rides the lumps and bumps of a worked field with enjoyment and complains about the holes in the street.
• A person who syays they bought the machine for the kids, but complains that they can’t find a baybsitter so they can go out and ride.
• A person who can’t get old “Bessie” in the garage at night because there isn’t room unless he slides the snowmobile out.
• A person who will drive a block to the grocery store in a warm car for steak and ride a snowmobile 10 miles for a burned weiner.
• A person who will get caught on the interstate without a spare tire but will have enough spare parts in the snowmobile to build another one.
• A person who is glad to get the 4th of July over with because it’s only four months until they can ride.
Check out this video showing a somewhat unique meeting of both of the snowmobile trail groomers used on the Rural Cass Snowmobile Club trail. It’s not often that you would encounter both groomers in the same stretch of trail at the same time, but they did meet last Thursday (Feb 11, 2011) on the north side of Casselton.
Running the groomers that evening were Jeff Seifert and Greg Strommen, both members of the Rural Cass Snowmobile Club.
Rural Cass Snowmobile Club and the snowmobile community is excited to announce Take a Friend Snowmobiling Week — which is held February 12-21. This week celebrates friends and family snowmobiling. This special week compliments the Take a Friend Snowmobiling campaign – encouraging all of us to take our non-snowmobiling friends out snowmobiling. We have all had many conversations, telling stories about how much fun it is to take people snowmobiling for the first time, and many of us have a lot of non-snowmobiling friends to take snowmobiling.
The event is really designed to be simple. There are a few recommended guidelines. They are:
- Safety training — make sure to cover all the safe snowmobiling behavior with your friend before taking them out on their first ride.
- Make sure your friends are comfortable and properly dressed for the cold when they first get on a snowmobile.
- You need to be cautious and ride slow when taking out a new rider.
- You should plan on making numerous stops and enjoying the scenery. It is always recommended that the first ride be short and include a stop for a light meal or hot chocolate or coffee and a little camaraderie and storytelling at the local restaurant, clubhouse or outdoor barbecue area.
Clubs and their members are encouraged to participate and to hold a special day or weekend encouraging members to bring non-snowmobiling friends to the clubhouse to go for a short ride and discover what snowmobilers do during the winter.
The campaign follows the guidelines and recommendations from customer research, which told us that non-snowmobilers know very little about snowmobiling, but they want to try it! Most non-snowmobilers don’t know where the trails are, they don’t know who builds and maintains and pays for the trail systems, and have no idea of the beautiful scenery that we enjoy while riding our snowmobiles. We know folks want to go snowmobiling. All we need to do is ask.
As a special incentive to take non-snowmobilers snowmobiling, the manufacturers will give away a gift certificate to a lucky individual who registers online and participates in the Take a Friend Snowmobiling Week event. Beginning in January 2011, the Take a Friend Snowmobiling Week Registration Form will be prominently displayed on the Go Snowmobiling web site: www.gosnowmobiling.org. Non-snowmobilers and their snowmobiling friends need to fill out the registration form to be entered in the drawing. If a Club is interested in organizing an event, their club members who participate get to register to win, and their guests get to register to win as well. The registration form is easy to fill out.
Plan on participating if you are going to be snowmobiling from February 12-21, 2011 and make sure to register on the Go Snowmobiling web site: www.gosnowmobiling.org.
Join the Rural Cass Snowmobile Club for the next monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb 8, at 7 PM at the Casselton Pizza Ranch.
Agenda items will include:
- SnowJam recap
- Grooming update
- Another bonfire?
- New warming house discussion
- February club trip
- Other items, as appropriate
Helpful hints for snowmobilers to keep in shape, even with no snow so far this year….
- Go to your local snowmobile repair shop, smile and give the first guy you see $400. This will get you used to spending money there on a regular basis.
- Remove the muffler from your lawnmower, place the mower in a large metal garbage can and start it up. Put your head in the can and have someone close the lid. Especially important for Arctic Cat owners.
- Fill a 50-gallon barrel with sand. Lower it into a hole. Now lift it out. If you can, add water to the sand and try it again. Do this 5 times per day. This will get your back in shape for those deep snow stucks.
- Tie a rope to a heavy-duty spring. Pull the rope repeatedly with each arm until the pain in your shoulders meets somewhere in the middle of your back. This will get you in shape for starting your bud’s sled that he conveniently forgot was out of gas and didn’t tell you. It’s best to do this exercise while someone is spraying starting fluid into your nose and eyes also.
- Drink four ounces of cod liver oil mixed with a strong laxative. Dress with long underwear, wool pants, snowmobile bibs, Tek-Vest, insulated boots and heavy coat. Walk far into the woods without any paper products and wait for a personal emergency.
- Place your hands in a bucket of ice water for 20 minutes. Put the carburetor from your lawn mower in the bottom of your deep freeze. Now climb in the deep freeze, shut the lid and overhaul it while holding a pen light in your mouth. This is particularly important for Skidoo owners. NOTE: Advanced riders do this with a Leatherman tool.
- Dress up in your new $500 snowmobile bibs. Pour 2-stroke oil down the right leg, gasoline down the other and Peppermint Schnapps and Beer all over the front. Fill your boots with ice cubes and ask your wife or girlfriend for a dance. This will prepare her for the stops at the local bar after a ride.
- Put on a Balaclava and a full-face helmet. Attempt to drink hot chocolate through the opening. Advanced riders attempt this while riding a lawn tractor in the nearest farmers field.
- Find a place where you can pay $1.00 a liter for regular gas; $19.99 per liter of oil; $16 for a hamburger and frozen french fries; $3 for a Coke and $60 to sleep in a cold cabin on a bed with springs sticking through the mattress. Stay for two nights, minimum. This will prepare you on the high cost of your future winter trips.
- Practice explaining to your banker why you need another loan for a $50,000 truck to pull the four $12,000 toys in your $10,000 trailer that you still owe $60,000 on.
- Take a hot plate and cast iron skillet to your garage. Close and seal all doors. When fry pan is heated to red hot add 8 ounces of mineral based, 2-stroke oils and one ounce of BRUT after shave, run on the spot for ten minutes, open doors and light up a cigarette…
- Using an old kitchen chair, remove the legs and position it at the top of a long flight of concrete stairs. Sit firmly on the chair with your knees drawn to your chest. Have a friend wrap silver duct tape around your knees and back to attach you firmly to the chair and push off…This is good exercise for Sunday afternoon trail rides. Polaris riders should do two sets.