Wow, what a week! Here are some pictures from the fundraiser at the Ultimate Sports Bar and Grill this past Saturday. There should be more, but our photographer forgot to keep taking photos at some point...
These photos, however, don't do the event justice. The outpouring of support was incredible, and it was awesome to see so many friends and family show up. Pretty nice set-up to get a burger AND contribute to the trip, all at the same time. Thanks again to everyone who made it out!
But, the good news on the fundraising front doesn't end there. To date, we've raised over $5,000, and that does not even include the intangibles, such as the time Greg and Diane Trigg have spent dehydrating jerky and fruit, the miles driven by Tom Keaveny to deliver bulk food orders and avoid shipping costs, the printing Greg Harren continues to do, or the crazy amount of the time (and patience) the Delanos have spent as boosters and hosts for the trip. If their time was salaried and donated, we'd be well over the goal of $10,000, no doubt.
This past week has also been about food preparation. We are proud to say that nearly all of the food will be boxed and ready for resupplies by the end of the week. This is in stark contrast to previous trips, in which this is about the time we'd be asking, "so, we're probably gonna need food, huh?"
Then there is gear. We had a special guest appearance last week from none other than Matt Harren, who came by to test out our wind paddle sails and show everyone just how fast you can move across a body of water without paddling. I think Adam clocked us at eight miles per hour. Not a bad way to travel.
Winchell and Matt on Big Fish Lake
Steady sailing at about 8 miles per hour
And one last treat for everyone. Jarrad came up to visit last week and help package a huge food order. I was explaining to him that we'd have to break apart and kinda muddle the freeze-dried tomato powder. He laughed and walked away, but I didn't think much of it until I saw these photos on Dan's camera. Apparently he thought I said model, and, well, this is what came of it.
We expect big strides in the upcoming weeks before a break in the action for deer hunting. Our boats will arrive tomorrow, the finishing touches on the food orders are scheduled for next week, and the Saint Cloud Times will likely publish a story on us the weekend of November 2nd, so make sure to get yourself a Sunday paper!