Also, I'd like to formally request that Tennessee put in scenic overlooks on I-75. It needs it!
I moved my passenger front seat forward as far as possible and stuck a storage tote behind it. The back seats were laid down and I put down several layers of foam camping pads. I propped up the area on top of the tote so it was level with the seats that were laid down. Because the car is a hatchback, I had decent room and could stretch all the way out.
I also had my pop up canopy and my screened attachment that goes all the way around. I basically backed the volt under the canopy, zipped up the screen and left either the windows or the hatch open all night. Giant tent! This worked except for the first night where it thunderstormed and I had the windows down, not the trunk open and rain basically came in the windows.
After setting all that up, I drove over to the volunteer command center to check in. They were all leaving to go to the opening ceremonies and I forgot that I was using my legal last name (it's hyphenated) and not the casual married name I usually just go by. So they couldn't find me and I couldn't get checked in that night. No biggie.
Instead I found a grocery store and picked up a few last minute items like ice and a styrofoam cooler and milk for my protein shakes. The mountains were gorgeous. It made me miss Washington something fierce.
|Fence 14, the crazy skinny corners. They had 12 people assigned to this fence plus videographers in case there needed to be review.|
|The USA team!!!|
So if you know who someone is, please tell me and I'll edit this. Otherwise, it's all going nameless.
Someone else pointed out Marilyn Little walking the course, even though she wasn't competing. I saw her at fence 10, the A-G water. But it started to pour and I didn't get a picture.
|Looking down the direct route of Red to Red. Notice the mushroom?|
|I am queen of my fence|
|Panorama of Fence 10.|
I later sat next to one of the Spain team member's sisters, Cristina Pinedo Sendagorta. She was there with her baby boy, husband and Mom (I think) on the shuttle bus to the main venue. Her baby was so freakin' adorable and in amazing spirits given that we were all soaked from the rain. She is also an eventer and competed at WEG in 2014 but was sidelined due to injury. Her sister, who is competing, is Maria Pinedo Sendagorta.
|Rainbow over the Volunteer Hospitality tent, ending at the Endurance staging area.|
I do have either photo or video of every rider who made it to Fence 13. Is there interest in seeing that? Like 80 pictures of the same fence but different horses and riders? I have video of the bigger names that came through.
And then, for Sara for the volunteer hours, I'll probably leave this as a comment as well, but over 4 days I had 28 hours and 22 minutes of volunteering time. I can screen shot my times from the TIEC volunteer portal if you need.