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Under 21 scene: Slippery summer slopes

With the daunting 10-day forecast of rain ahead, a heavy downpour could be just what you need to slip-in-slide into this nifty summer trick. Who wants to pay $20 for a slip-in-slide that will likely be ripped within the first use? Elizabeth Briggs and a creative group of friends came up with a cheaper solution to have bright, fun-filled summer days when the forecast tries telling otherwise.

"Last summer, some friends and I wanted to get a slip-in-slide but didn’t feel like spending the money," Briggs says. Instead, they used garbage bags, dish soap, and several buckets of water to slide down a grassy hill in Trailside. Needless to say, "t was a very fun day" for Briggs and friends. "We ended up spending about an hour and a half sliding down the hill."

The group found ways to get creative when sliding down the hill by towing each other down at faster speeds and even "riding each other down the hill" like a surfboard.

The optimal conditions for this type of fiasco are "when it is dumping rain outside," Briggs says. The more rain, the less buckets of water necessary to bring with you to make a slippery slope.

Most of the other supplies can be found in your kitchen, but if not, it will only cost you about $5 at a grocery store.

It is important to try to find a hill that is muddy or has little grass because the dish soap will likely destroy any grass that it comes in contact with. Also, a little mud makes the hill more slippery. Briggs explains that with a homemade slip-in-slide, a little mud doesn’t hurt. "The dirtier the better!" she says.

Caitlin Murphy’s favorite part about slip-in-slide? "It felt like being a little kid again."

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