Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Nuclear Snowball


An Adirondack Outlaw “winter fun” memory story.

Adirondack Outlaws are daunting snowball fight opponents. They’ve had years to hone their arms & their aim, are always prepared for a fight,  and show up locked, loaded & armed with all types of ammo.

 Sometimes even including lethal, TOP SECRET, game changing weapons like nuclear snowballs.    

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A veteran north country writer & story teller raised in Saranac Lake, Dick enjoys “Living in the Day I Am In”, and then writing about it. A severely speech impaired 3x cancer survivor, his pen is his voice. He shares many of his Adirondack Outlaw adventures & tales here. Read the rest on his blog @

8 Responses

  1. Thanks for the memory Dick. Mom used plastic bags also, but first rubbed Vaseline on my feet then the bag and then wool socks. The Minnesota winters were brutal, the greasy goop kept you’re feet warm and the bags saved the socks.😊😊

    • That’s very interesting, Mr. Dodson. I’ve never before heard of the pre-bagging Vaseline foot goop technique. We definitely wore those heavy, itchy wool socks though! I wonder if we took a poll, how many north woods folks grew up wearing baggies on their feet as winter boot waterproofing. Thank you for reading my story & sharing a bit of your own.

  2. JohnL says:

    Like snowballers of all eras, there are proponents of large ‘caliber’ snowballs at a lower velocity and kids like me, who was, and is, a fan of small caliber, high speed projectiles. And we, like most kids of our area, often directed our snowballs at moving targets other than kids, i.e. cars. ‘Bombing cars’ was a favorite hobby of ours, often practiced multiple times per week. We would wait in the shadows, and when a car went by, we’d send a fusillade of snowballs at our targets. The victims would often lock their brakes, back up, and give us a good chase, but of course, we had our retreat strategy all planned out and were seldom caught, or even identified. Ah, the good ol’ days. Speaking of this, I have not had my car hit with a snowball in the last probably 20 years. Heck, I haven’t even seen a kid THROW a snowball in years. Has anybody seen kids having a snowball fight??? What is wrong with kids today? Anyway, thanks Dick, for the memories.

    • I’m not sure kids even know how to throw snowballs anymore, John. Last winter my own adult son made the mistake of taking on “the old Man” in a backyard snowball fight. Much to his surprise, the result was rapid, total and complete return fire snowball annihilation. My wife captured the whole thing on video, which I tried to share here, but failed. Thank you for reading & commenting. Oh- and as to your throwing snowballs at cars reference- my response is “no comment”. I spend a lot of time in Saranac Lake & there may well still be outstanding warrants.

    • Balian the Cat says:

      I still remember the gripping horror of a car coming to a skidding stop and an enraged occupant spilling out in an enraged search for the snowballer(s). I feel like crabapples might have been the snowballs of summer too? I never took to paintball fights as I came from the school of “never point a gun at something you’re unwilling to destroy” but snowball fights should be a requirement of childhood in my mind. “Don’t start none and there won’t be none” is an important life lesson.

      • JohnL says:

        I’m with you on all of these, i.e. it was always a huge adreniline rush when the car stopped and backed up; I never threw anything at a car except snowballs; I’m so old paintball wasn’t even a gleam in some inventors’ eye; and yes, it should be a requirement of childhood. Thanks BTC.
        P.S. I’m sure a tear would roll down my cheek if a kid did hit my car with a snowball, and of course, I’d stop and give them a piece of my mind (with tongue in cheek of course) .

        • Balian the Cat says:

          Interesting to think about what a different world it is now. I am sure that back then my parents would have come out and said “whats all this about” to which the driver would have explained, my parents would look at me and then take the drivers side while they decided upon appropriate restitution – which I would have complied with. Now if we stopped and yelled at a kid we would probably end up in Leavenworth. Also, today’s aluminum vehicles would probably require $2500 worth of body work 😉

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