The pride of being a 4th generation Skipper runs deep at our next door neighbor's house. There might even be a tie between bleeding purple or bleeding royal blue (depending on how tonight's play-off game against the Philadelphia Eagles goes).
This was my first year at the North American Pond Hockey Championship on Lake Minnetonka. Admittedly, I am not a hockey fan by nature, but I have become a fan of the experience of being around hockey since moving to Excelsior and I was excited to take my little guy out on a beautiful day to go explore the Minnesota pastime and watch our best little buddy play some outdoor hockey.
Dedicated hockey families put so much work and time into taking care of their ice and sharpening their game. In our neighborhood, ice rinks line the lakeshore and as a kid, it isn't a question of if you will learn to skate, it's a question of when. It's exciting to be a part of a community with so much passion no matter what the weather.
However, when temps rise to the upper 30's in January, you will always find me drawn to any outdoor activity where I can enjoy a beer on a patio in the sunshine with friends—so this was a no brainer. After his morning game, and before his afternoon practice, our best buddy and neighbor gave us a tour around the event. I could not resist capturing the cuteness.