Thursday, December 15, 2011
This is what our mountains looked like on July 2nd when Liz and I hiked up Taylor Mtn. This would be my last climb up to 10,000ft before leaving for Hardrock the following Wednesday.
And then... it was time...
The finishing chute where I hoped to be running through in less than 36 hours
The pre-race meeting
Pre-start @ 5:45am July 8th, 2011
After Adams, we drove to Portland and spent Friday hanging out in some of that elusive sunshine before making our way on Saturday to Silver Falls State Park which was to be our home for the next week. The weekend was spent getting to know the other camp counselors and preparing for Monday when the 150 kids would arrive on busses. From Monday afternoon to Saturday morning, it would be non-stop action as the entire camp became a huge, moving, boisterous party. Explaining the entire week would be a book by itself and in the sake of time, I'll have to pass on any more details. But what I will say is that it was an incredible experience, the kids were amazing, and this program (and specifically the program director) does an absolutely phenomenal job making sure these kids have an outrageous week reconnecting with their siblings, making new friends, and providing them with a fun weeklong camp experience that they otherwise may not have ever had.