Extreme cold allows couple to create ice rink in front yard

'We weren't going to give in and hibernate'

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - For many, the frigid air means seeking shelter and staying warm, but for Gary and Robin Reed of Muhlenberg Township, it means stepping outside and making something special.

"This year, Mother Nature has done well for us," said Robin Reed.

The winter has been cold enough to make a winter wish come true.

"It was her lifelong dream to have somewhere she could twirl on the front yard," explained Gary Reed.

"I love to ice skate. It's one of those things. I wish I could come out my front door and do it every day," Robin said.

Now, she is able to do just that.

"We did a little research on the internet. We went out and bought some materials. We started out with just two-by-fours," Gary explained.

Now, the Reeds' rink creates a winter wonderland in their own front yard.

"This is our homemade ice rink," Robin said.

The rink isn't just for Robin and Gary. It has also attracted the attention of their neighbors, as well.

"You have to know Robin and Gary. They are different types of neighbors, and they are always doing something unusual," said Valerie Fisher, who lives nearby.

The idea of embracing winter weather is starting to spread around the neighborhood.

"We weren't going to give in and hibernate. We were going to embrace the winter and get out there and do different things," Fisher said.

"It's what you have to do. Embrace this weather and enjoy what we have," Robin said. "I hope people come out and enjoy it with us."

The Reeds also plan on making the rink even bigger next winter.

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