Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Chills and Thrills

So this morning my wife opens up the freezer and there's a 1/2 gallon of Moose Tracks ice cream in there.

"When did we get Moose Tracks?" she asked.

And that's when I remembered hearing our kitchen door slam last night around 11:00 p.m. while I was lying in my bed watching Stephen Colbert. About 20 minutes later I heard it slam again.

Apparently during this time my boys decided they needed ice cream, and did what was necessary to make it happen.

I don't remember authorizing that transaction.

But my kids are growing up and there's really not much I can do about it - except maybe take pictures. For example, here's a picture I took last week of my 12 year old daughter jumping off a 25 foot cliff at a local swimming hole.


If Roseanna jumped off a cliff...

Yes, it really is as high as it looks. But it's also safe. This is an old granite quarry and the water is over 50 feet deep below that jump.

Even still, you won't find me trying that anytime soon... or EVER for that matter. I way prefer the less dangerous activities, such as eating Moose Tracks for example.

But hey, don't minimize the danger of doing that either...

... a guy could choke on a chocolate chip you know.

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*** Update *** I found this cool video someone made of the quarry cliff Roseanna was at. Of course the people in this video aren't necessarily as intelligent as she is about it.



Take the leap and stop over here for a really good laugh!

30 comments:

Kathy said...

If my parents know the crazy stuff I did as a teenager when they weren't looking, it'd kill them.

p.s. Your daughter is insane. Tell me, how long does your heart stop beating when she does stuff like that?

cathouse teri said...

Yep. You're right. About everything.

Mylhibug said...

Ah, to be young and immortal again...

VE said...

There have been many a times alone in Alaska when I've had to rely on eating moose tracks to survive...

Oh, and I did jump off a bridge in California because other people were doing it. It was a 60 foot drop...even had a measurement on the side of the pillar to emphasize the point. I can't say it was fun but it was an experience. My friend split his shorts hitting the water...

Jeff said...

kathy - It doesn't... anymore. One thing I'm thankful for though - that there aren't any HIGHER cliffs around, because I guarantee she would be trying those for sure.

teri - You would know!

mylhibug - No kidding. I cringe at the thought of some of the stupid things we did as kids.

ve - How do you eat a moose track? Unless "tracks" mean something else?

People in the Sun said...

I just peed my pants looking at that picture. I hope your daughter is happy!

Student Teacher said...

My kids still ask me if they are going to the corner store (I'm sure that day will be gone soon - like when they don't need money anymore) but I love it because I can get them to pick me up something too.

What a great swimming hole. :)

Heather said...

At least they have good taste in ice cream.

Why, oh why would she jump off a perfectly good cliff? I think I just glimpsed the future with Miss M. Thanks a lot.

Jeff said...

people - That probably would make her happy. She IS 12 after all!

teacher - My wife and I are constantly having our oldest son do the dirty driving work for us. He doesn't mind though because we always end up putting a little more gas in his car than we use whenever we borrow it.

heather - I think you should show Miss M this post. You know, just to help inspire her.

Sandy said...

That blog post just scared the bejeezus out of me...I'm going to lock my kids up now.

JD at I Do Things said...

Thanks for reminding me that I love Moose Tracks ice cream. Gotta buy some once I finish my current containers of Creme Brulee and Karmel Sutra.


JD at I Do Things

damon said...

Your kid is braver than I am! (The cliff diver - not your ice cream supplier) Don't get me wrong, I can play hockey with the best of them, but I don't do heights.
That's what's great about Florida. The weather's great and the land is flaaaaat!

mom said...

We just bought moose tracks ice cream yesterday. Only it was fat free frozen yogert---aren't you proud of us?!!! Speaking of kids doing daring things---wasn't it you who climed those rock cliffs on 40th? And then fell, and landed in a tree jutting out?

Jeff said...

sandy - You can lock them up, but it ain't gonna help!

jd - Ah, you eat Creme Brulee so I don't have to. How very noble of you.

damon - I don't do heights either. See my comment to follow.

mom - No... I was the one who climbed the cliffs on 40th and got stuck holding on by my fingertips and clinging for my life. It was that event which instilled my morbid fear of heights in me. Neil, on the other hand, used to climb those same cliffs and deliberately JUMP to the trees below, like a monkey. Of course he was insane so that probably helped.

Gette said...

Yup, karmel sutra is smooth with no choke-able chunks. Where's that quarry? Looks like fun.

Drowsey Monkey said...

OMG! That leap is scaring me and I'm just looking at a photo.

Moose tracks?

Jeff said...

gette - Quarry Park, or better known as "The Quarries" here, is actually a Stearns County Park right here in St. Cloud. It's actually a very nice nature park with lots of hiking trails and several small quarry lakes.

drowsey - I would think Moose Tracks would be quite popular in Canada.

Elizabeth said...

What a brave daughter you have! I wish I was half as fearless!

Windyridge said...

Jeff, did you see my pics of the kids going of a very similar cliff last summer near our cabin? Was my heart in my mouth as both of my boys and several others jumped. The adult with the group tried to get as low as he could and was the last one in! Meanwhile those of us on the boat realized our anchor had taken leave of the anchor line. It was a relaxing day (NOT!)

Michelle said...

Wow. I kept watching that video with open mouth and cringing just waiting for someone to crack open a head or actually land on top of someone else.

That aside, I'd totally love to go cliff jumping into a quarry myself :)

Phil said...

This reminds me of the movie "Breaking Away" which featured a quarry lake near Bloomington, Indiana.

Hey, I'm 43, and I'd jump off those cliffs. Once. Because I'm sure I'd be dead afterwards.

Corrina said...

Ok that ice cream looks ridiculously tasty and I want some!

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Why would anyone jump off of a perfectly good cliff?

Mom Thumb said...

No, no, no, no, no. Moose Tracks, pshaw. You have to get a big cooler, come down here and take back some Blue Bell ice cream, made with loving care at the little creamery in Brenham, Texas. You don't even know what you are missing. http://www.bluebell.com/home.aspx

Teenage boys are insane.

Alice said...

I'm always flabbergasted when my kids take care of something themselves instead of asking me for it. It rocks!

doozie said...

ummmm.....I've never jumped off a cliff, I don't care who else is doing it.

Jeff said...

elizabeth - She is a pretty brave kid. And tough too... you should see her in her karate class!

windyridge - Yikes! Sounds like fun?

michelle - I've seen kids do some pretty stupid things there. Having someone else on their shoulders comes to mind as one of those things. Remarkably, there are very few injuries there.

phil - That movie was a classic. And I do remember that lake, although if I'm not mistaken, theirs was quite a bit higher.

corrina - It is ridiculously tasty. And you should buy some :-)

ed - Because it's there?

mom thumb - We'll definitely eat your ice cream should we stop at your house. We actually have been discussing a trip to TX so it could happen someday.

alice - There's a fine line between "taking care of something" and "getting away with something" and kids know exactly where that is.

doozie - So you're saying you're not a follower eh?

Maureen said...

Cool! That quarry looks like a great place to cool off... although I'd be the one filming the rest of the family jumping off the cliff...

And Moosetracks Ice Cream? Never heard of it (probably not in Canada)... looks delish!

ajooja said...

There's a place like that near here too but I haven't jumped off the big cliff in a long time.

When I was 9 I jumped off a 50-foot tower but I didn't do anything like that during my teenage years because I hit my head on the bottom of a diving board while doing a backflip.

Jeff said...

maureen - Like I told Drowsey Monkey, I would think Moose Tracks would be more popular in Canada than anywhere else!

ajooja - 50 feet?!!! That sounds fatal to me. I too have lost my "edge" and won't even go near the things I used to do when I was a kid. How does that happen?