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Families head for hills favorite sledding place Saturday. The east side Fabyan Forest Preserve Genevoffers picturesque view Fox River historical

Families head for the hills to a favorite sledding place on Saturday. The east side of Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva offers a picturesque view of the Fox River and historical windmill. | Linda Girardi~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 31, 2014 6:21AM

It was a strange weather weekend, even for the Aurora area.

By Sunday night, things were back to being cold again. But on Saturday, there were some glorious hours more typical of early spring.

On Saturday, families headed for the hills before a big meltdown of the snow-packed hill at Fabyan Forest Preserve as temperatures reached 50 degrees in Geneva.

“It’s fast and bumpy,” said Helen Olechowski, 9.

Helen and her younger sister, Maeve, 7, were seated on an oblong-shaped sled and had to get a little push down the hill from their parents because of the slushy snow beneath their feet.

Colleen and Chris Olechowski of Geneva said the last couple of winters have not been exactly ideal for sledding because of a lack of snow but that so far this year they’ve been out sledding twice with their daughters.

“This is a beautiful day and warm enough to stay out for more than 10 minutes,” Colleen Olechowski said. “I grew up with a hill in my backyard along the river. I don’t ever remember it being this warm.”

“I have definitely earned a few Christmas cookies from running up and down the hill,” Chris Olechowski said.

“There’s not much snow, but it is still fun,” said Konnor Mickelsen, 10.

Konnor was out sledding and snowboarding with his brother, Kollin, 8, as their dad looked on.

Kraig Mickelsen said sledding was an ideal way for his sons to get exercise.

“I used to sled here in the 1970s. It was our favorite place to go, and now it’s my kids’ favorite place to sled,” Mickelsen said.

“When we were kids, there were no barricades, so if you had a real fast sled you could end up in the river,” the dad said.

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