ELK RIVER, Minn. - Spanning three backyards, a backyard luge in Elk River is an icy dare for neighborhood kids.
For 23 years, Al Kachel has built the icy track with ingenuity and a shovel. The one year there wasn't enough winter snow, he hauled in excess ice from the local speed skating track.
Kachel leaves sleds out at the side of his house for neighborhood kids to use whenever they desire, but he's the first to admit, the grown ups love this one too. Kachel himself rides down at least once daily.
Complete with a tunnel midway down and a landing area on a frozen pond, Perk takes a harrowing ride with Kachel...or maybe more than one.