Dear constant reader, as you know from previous posts, Bowie Ice Arena shuts down each spring during the months of May and June for maintenance and general cleaning. This is a good thing from the standpoint of having good ice during the ten month season when the rink is up and running but less good for me getting ice time in late spring. So for the past few weeks I've been skating at Piney Orchard
and when I was at the beach, the Flyers' Skate Zone
in Atlantic City. Last Sunday dawned with rain (for the umpteenth day in a row) and with Piney's ice tied up with hockey all weekend (the Skipjacks
) it was time to look a bit further afield. My choices were Wheaton, Colombia
, or Cabin John
. All three rinks require a bit of a drive, with the Cabin John rink the furthest from my house at roughly 30 miles each way. I've skated at Wheaton
which has excellent ice and has an ice dance subculture but Cabin John is also known locally for ice dance, and so it being a dull day I decided to do a bit driving and see something new.
|Like the rink at Wheaton, Maryland, Cabin John is owned and operated by the Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Department.|
|I kept my iPod shuffle and ear buds in my pocket. So much for having ice dance music.|
My initial impression of the rink was that it was clean and seemed to be well run. The facility has two sheets of ice, one is Olympic sized and the other in NHL sized. When I first arrived there was a game in progress on the NHL sheet and a Free Style session on the Olympic sheet. I saw lots of kids who were obviously advanced skaters head off to interior parts of the building with gym bags and since none of those kids appeared on the ice I assume the rink has off-ice training rooms as well. The ice was reasonable and was resurfaced half way through the session. The session in question was billed as a "family public" and so it was heaving with kids. While there were a few adults in the mix it looked more to me like "Sunday afternoon baby sitting" might be a better billing! It seemed like every time I set up to string some progressives or swing rolls together a kid would show up in my path, usually skating against the grain. But, ice time is ice time--even if it is a bit unproductive. I'll be back at Piney for a lesson this afternoon and who knows where I'll turn up over the three day Memorial holiday?
You are diligent, George! I went to a public session last Saturday, saw the crowds of kids, and went right back out. I'm sure it will be worth it at least so your skates don't shrink. Mine did during my time off--or my feet swelled. Either way, it was painful when I finally did get on a less-crowded session.ReplyDelete
Actually, I'm inherently lazy but that's another story for another time!ReplyDelete
New neural pathways -- I like it.ReplyDelete
And I salute your willingness to do things in pursuit of your skating.
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