|The Runners getting ready|
|And they're off|
But by Saturday afternoon the park was full, tents were up and everyone was having fun. By that night people were gathering by the fire to meet each other and talk about the race in the morning. George, Herb and I retired early in anticipation of the 8am start time for the race.
Rain Shadow had prepared the area well with flags on the course, breakfast foods at the starting point, races for the tots and a promise of prizes, food, beer and live music at the end. And they came through with it all. A wood fired pizza oven showed up and started turning out some of the best pizza I've ever had, a truly wonderful folk band played, beer was cold and children were happy and playing everywhere. It really was an absolute success. Props to the group from Rain Shadow Running for putting on a truly good time.
|The band was playing by noon and the after race party was on.|
|Wood fired Pizza all the way from Olympia|
|George finishes in a very respectable time.|
|Herb finishes shortly behind George|
|And the beer was cold, good and in high demand|
|Beacon Rock State Park|
Our first stop was a town in Oregon known as Cascade Locks. After you pay a $1.00 toll to cross The Bridge of the Gods from Washington to Oregon you enter this small and friendly town rich with a history that dates back to 1875 when locks were constructed to aid the settlers who were traveling from the east to navigate the intense rapids of this area.
The Bonneville Dam, fishing, wind surfing and sailing, hiking, climbing and boating are all available in this area.
|The Bridge of the Gods (in the distance) and fishers (fishing for Shad) along the locks|
|Wind Surfers on the Columbia River|
|The Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River (and open for tours)|
|Turbines inside the Bonneville Dam|
Thanks for following along.