Thursday, January 19, 2012
Seattle snow fun: MacGyver style

Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures turned Seattle, Washington, into a winter play land last night. In spite of dangerous, icy roads, iReporters stuck to their neighborhoods and came up with all sorts of ways to enjoy the rare snow.


Seattle artist and quadriplegic Jesse Higman built a custom sled that he attached to his wheelchair.


"It has always been impossible for me to go out [in] snow deeper than a couple of inches," said the 43-year-old. "I cut up two of my old paintings and laminated a top and bottom to the sled." He used blocks of wood and zip ties to secure each tire of the wheelchair to the sled. Two coats of glossy varnish made for a smoother ride.


Some of his friends accompanied him on a sledding trip in the Capitol Hill neighborhood yesterday. He said everyone was in a good mood and people seemed to be "captivated by the wheelchair spectacle." And here's what Higman said about the ride: "Wow, was it smooth! I have never gone so fast in the wheelchair."


After a full day of playing in the snow, three-year-old Gray Hopton was so tuckered out, he fell asleep on the sled ride home. His mother, Molly, shared a video of their sweet moment on the walk home last night in Bainbridge Island, Washington.


"We took him in and got him undressed; he was warm and toasty underneath all of his snow gear," she said. "He woke up and the first thing he said was he was ready to go play in the snow again."


University of Washington students Robert Foxcurran and Cooper Oldham aren't sure who did it, but they appreciate the handiwork of the person who put a snowman's head on Seattle’s famous Jimi Hendrix statue on Tuesday.


"I sent this iReport because I thought it was a particularly cool example of how Seattleites were dealing with the snow storm, by having a little fun with a local iconic statue," Foxcurran said.


So whether it's MacGyvering a sled or sculpting a rocking snowman, show us how you are coping or taking advantage of the snow. Let us know what the weather is like and stay warm!

January 19, 2012
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Funny picture! Some of my family members and friends are out there. I will be in Seattle next month for my artist's performance. I hope the weather will be a little better by then.

January 20, 2012
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My first thought of the wheelchair guy was Cutter John from Bloom County!

January 20, 2012
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Funny! I thought of Cutter John too :) Loved that comic.

January 20, 2012
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Wow: Bloom County throwback to "Starship Enterpoop".

Thanks for the visual.

January 20, 2012
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Nice story of his friends helping him experience something new and wonderful.

January 22, 2012
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just  loved  all  the  snow  here  in  pa  just  loved  it  ///  from  inside  my  nice  warm  house /yep 

January 22, 2012
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What about having fun in the snow MacGruber style?

January 22, 2012
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Not sure why they're calling this a "rare snow". We usually get it every winter at some point... and yes, the urban areas too.

February 2, 2012
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Loved watching this and enjoying the snow with everyone. No snow for us here most likely this winter so enjoying it on ireport:)

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