It's pretty fun, for pretty much everyone.
This morning I helped dress the kids in harnesses, either full-body for the smaller ones, or waist-plus-chest harness for the bigger ones, and helmets. Or, rather, mostly I helped them undress (I'm not patient enough to get all the tabs pulled snug enough: undressing is easier). In the afternoon, I joined the runners, a good sweaty workout.
The joy in the kids' faces was a treat. Even some adults got in the action (which meant more runners were needed). And at the very end, the grandfather of the very last kid in line helped us pull. He was a breath of fresh air. (Grandfathers come younger and younger all the time!)
Here's some photos, all but the last from a few years ago—but the idea's the same, year after enjoyable year. (Oh, and we made almost $750, at $5 a pop. Not bad!)
|Steve perfecting the top rigging|
|One of our deputies cheering his boy on|
|The boy in question: he had a great time flying!|
|Alain (right) was there today, attaching the kids to the carriage|
|The girls' outfits are great: today's standout outfit|
featured pink cowboy boots and a matching top
|Todd, no longer on the team alas (he was a|
valuable member), testing the ride: note the carriage
|Today: Thomas, one of us runners, waiting for the "go" signal|
And finally: the rigger's view, courtesy of Eric Fitzgerald—