As I had said a few days ago this was going to be a rough weekend. As it turns out, I even had a birthday party which I had forgotten about added to the list.
Let's start from Friday
We packed my car like we were leaving for the week. Chelsea and I brought everything we could think we might need. We were survivors!!
Well it was far from a Safari to survive the weekend for some people. We planned in out and had people coming at all different times and a few of us could stay the whole time. As it turned out we even had some surprise team members join us at the last minute thanks to Kim.
It was definitely not what we were expecting. We learned at the last minute we would be camping right on the edge of the track. That way you could be cheering people on even if you were "off duty" and someone else was walking. Chelsea and I baked up some stuff and made a few more dollars selling baked goodies to people walking by. Another team was offering a full Italian meal for $5-salad, pasta and a cannoli-WOOT!
I forgot to mention how many high school and under groups were involved. We had a very "spirited" group next to us that we later found out were 11-12 years old. We lost most of the walkers when the Slip and Slide came out and about midnight when all the Redbull was wearing off people started ducking off into tents for the night. I myself hit the hay from about 12:30am until 3:45. Chelsea woke me just in time for Joe to show up for the 4-8am shift. I soon noticed how few people were still walking. I think once the " I can stay up all night with my friends" thing wore off most kids just couldn't hang. Joe and I dipped out for a D&D run when they opened at 5:30 and I was surprised to come back and find people packing up and leaving. When the main desk opened I asked what was up? She said the morning entertainment cancelled and this was typical after it rained. "People just go-You know when it is rainy." Well it rained I will give you that but at 5:30 the previous night for a few minutes and then clear all night so I was surprised to hear that. I guess they just didn't care. She said they try to get people to stay but when the entertainment wasn't there anymore people just left. I saw a few agitated adults just wanting to get out of there. I have to admit I don't know how 1 or 2 adults can handle 20 12 year olds on their own.
All in all - I feel proud to have been a part of this - Maybe not so impressed with how it was done. I guess this is part of my last post. Maybe I set my expectations too high-I just thought we committed to walk all night continuously and it was just kind of brushed off and not taken as seriously as we had.Olivia was able to come help us get set up and walk the first hr or so. I am glad. We tried to explain why we were there and how important it was. She told me she knew that already Mom. Mrs. Nilson already told me-She is doing it too. One upped by the Kindergarten teacher-She is the best. She also once explained why her husband was having a knee replacement and that is hysterical when repeated back to you from a 5 year old.