Yesterday, Ross's elementary school held Tech Trek, a walkathon to raise funds for school equipment (computers, cameras, and the like). The kids get pledges, and then walk laps on the high school track.
It was a great afternoon for the walk, in the mid-seventies with occasional breezes. Here are Ross and his friend Christopher, getting ready to start. (The theme was "Pirates Walkin' the Plank," thus explaining Christopher's head gear.)
It was quite an event. Most families turn out in force, parents walking some of the laps with their kids, older siblings watching, the younger ones enjoying a stroller ride. Some of the dads performed old rock tunes as part of the entertainment! Plenty of folks brought squirt guns and spray bottles to keep cool. Ross kept going after Christopher stopped, but at lap 17, he complained that his feet were getting sore. Chris and I made him take a break after lap 18, and we discovered that he had a little blister at the tip of one of his toes. Still, he wanted to get to lap 20 (he originally had wanted to do 30), so we walked with him until he reached his goal. Tired and happy, we enjoyed a dinner prepared in the school cafeteria. We let him eat the ice cream bar dessert first -- as Chris said, it was quite an accomplishment for him to walk 5 miles. I'm glad he finished a little early, because when they made the kids get off the track, the lines got really long.
In other news, I've finished a postcard that I'm sending to an Internet friend. I call it "Clair de la Lune" (Light of the Moon).