The sun is not quite up yet, but we're ready to go...
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Obviously Energizer was a sponser this year.
This is Rose...I met Rose standing in line for my I.D. during my first walk in 2007; we ended up, along with her friend and another we met along the way, sticking together. So, two years later, it turned out she was walking again...we made a plan to meet at opening ceremonies, and off we went.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Day 1, complete! After about 15 miles in the rain, we were exhausted and maybe a little miserable. Not much fun picking up your gear and getting settled into your tent in the rain (thankfully, the tents were set up and waiting for us this year, thank you Boy Scouts!)...After dinner it FINALLY stopped raining and it was SO nice to finally be dry. Spirits were immediately lifted. The next morning, it sadly started raining again, just when it was time to emerge from the tents. So rather than putting on my nice dry "day 2" shoes, it was back on with the soaked ones...ugh. Thankfully, it didn't rain for much longer, and thanks to the Chicago heat, our shoes were pretty dry by lunch time.
This is inside the "remembrance" tent - a somber and beautiful space, where participants can write in a book (which is on display in subsequent years), and look at photos. It hits hard to look at the framed pictures of walkers and crew members lining the tent walls...many of which with captions indicating the date they passed away along with the years they walked or crewed.
The white tent in the center is Chicago's white tent. Each city that hosts the walk has a white tent on which participants can write. These other 13 tents are on display outside the remembrance tent.
Life-long friends Amanda and Melissa happened to be in town during the walk...they gave up a good portion of their afternoon to hang out at a cheering station and encourage everyone as we neared the end. Getting through the walk would be nearly impossible without support and encouragement.