John and Sarah were unearthing heap of scrap iron from the river bank. Hard to imagine, how those heavy railway ties made it down there, and those were only the smaller parts next to sleepers and tubes and what-not. But you can see, folks were having fun getting their gloves dirty.
The leaves are just starting to turn and the sumac looked particularly gorgeous this morning making our way to the pavilion, where we were to drop off sustenance for later and pick up gloves and bags for the treasure hunting.
I'm glad Jay ran into us and helped Jim with that big tube he was moving!Fooood! I had already heard from Nora the day before, what she'd been slavin' over all week to feed us after the clean-up and I sure had been looking forward to this! Home-made salsa with Nora's secret to adding just the right amount of spice an kick. Tomatoes and peppers from the farmer's market made this a fresh and pleasurable tickle to the taste buds. Then the taco bar with home made sauce and all the good fixin's. Friends of the Mississippi had donated some rather tasty cherry and chocolate chip scones, which were a rather nice segway to Nora's chocolate cheese pie, which was simply delicious! Nora does not just throw it down on whitewater, she also kicks ass in the kitchen! (By the way that's Oggie rehydrating in the back and Tony reglycogenating :-)
Art and Bobzilla with big smiles on their faces!
Bryan Z playing lady luck here in Nora's raffle box. (A newly engaged Alex on the right, Congratulatins Alex!!!)
I needed a throw rope and the Universe (aka Nora) provided! I'm so excited! Now I need a knife, 'cos Art quite rightly sez, when you got a rope, you gotta have a knife! I had an educational experience trying to shred the lettuce for the tacos with Nora's river knife. (Oh, I didn't realize, they had two blades...) Well, let's just say that I am pretty confident that Nora's knife will make pretty quick business with any entangled rope. (Mental note for next year: Bring First Aid Kit. I am sure I can come up with something stupid to do to my fingers, etc. again next year...)
I don't have a picture of that big satisfying heap of garbage we had gathered, you have to look on Nora and Bryan's blog for those (see my links on the right).
It was a fun and rewarding way to get a better idea of the bank and trails around that stretch of the Vermillion with a chance to feel like a kid again climbing over rocks and roots through the woods and poking around for interesting "stuff". Took me right back to when I was a kid back in Germany in a small town, where kids still could roam free from school's out to when it got dark and the biggest danger was the wrath of mum, when you got back to late and let Dad waiting for his dinner.
I'll definitely be back next year and, who knows since Nora won't be able to do it next year, maybe I'll even do some organizing if Kathi helps me with organizing the swag. Kathi are you game?