Count Enrico and the media team go to the desert.
This is a story of a true road trip done by serious semi professionals in leisure studies.
The McGuffin (the pearl or idea the trip revolves around) is documented in a couple of places. As Count Ferrari is now a Hobby Journalist, the documentation of his exploits may need to be done. The articles are a ploy to weasel into the confidences of the unknown.
Please note this article is the ramblings of the 'Writer' 5 months after the fact of the road trip. It took place July 8-16, 2014.
On this trip we had assembled a very fine journalistic crew. A writer (c'est moi) Count Ferrari (CF), a photographer the Rear Admiral,( RA) and a creative director (CD)(Joe Cheeta). We all obtained kitchen passes in advance from our spouses and had motel reservations in Austin NV 6 months in advance as we knew they would be sold out if we had just shown up looking for a bed.
|Count Ferrari, the Rear Admiral and Joe doing the selfie|
We are at Crater Lake OR for this shot.
Guess who the photographer is?
|The Uboat on the playa!|
All other accommodations were done on the fly and the value of a good smart phone for travel was eye opening!
The planning was done online as research about landsailing was done. The When, Where, How, and What were covered. The Why, not so much. The Who was a bonus that came as we got to the event and met them. They were amazingly helpful folks in the fastest form of sailing anywhere!
Planning article: Link to planning article
Resulting article: Link to Landsailing article
Bonus article: Find a Sailing World, November of 2014 and you will see many articles on Sailing on the Fringes. Eric Sorensen wrote a fine article describing the remoteness of the venue and partially describes the very international community that came together for this regatta. The editor of this rag actually emailed and asked for one to be written and paid for same!
The plan was for the Uboat to pick up the Braindamage Island boys so a ferry was taken from downtown Seattle and they were collected. There was the usual "What do we need" conversation in terms of umbrellas, coolers, wine, etc... More wine was chosen. Fewer umbrellas.
The car was loaded with the trunk and 4th seat filled with stuff. The auto leveling suspension kicked in and we headed south to cross the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and head for Cayuse Pass and then Chinook Pass. See the photo below.
|Our lunch snack with brews and Dungensess crab caught on the previous day.|
Mt. Rainier is in the background. We are parked roadside and had a great time!
|Documentation of lunch. Photographer siting in the Mountain, while the|
Creative Director sets the table.
|Some of the best Mexican food you can find. |
Approximately 1 mile south of the exit just after Yakima Speedway.
|The Rear Admiral playing the Dalles disc course.|
|Some sort of first nation fishing dock just under the Bonneville dam and just outside our 1st motel in The Dalles.|
|A fairly common observation of the Uboat's data center.|
|One of near 100 photos taken by both the photographers.|
|One of the best things was Mt. Hood in the background.|
|The Creative Director shows off his 'moog'. One would think goggles and sunglasses would be|
too much. I think it resulted in a found disc.
|Crater Lake from the Eastern observation parking area. It is a large volcanic cone that is now inactive.|
Photos can be taken but don't do it justice.
|Taken going down the backside from Crater Lake heading|
|Crater Lake Lodge. Nice but @ $250 a night?|
|Tule Lake Grocery. A sleepy little town that sells a BUNCH of booze and some good cherries.|
|This land was flooded back in the day and canoes came so the natives could leave messagees|
scratched in to soft stone.
|The dark stone at the bottom is the water mark.|
|You cannot imagine how many photos this old truck generated!|
|About to enter the Volcanic Tube|
|It is tough taking photos in the pitch dark.|
|An unusual rock bridge.|
|Note appropriate footwear and creatures of the dark caught in a flash.|
|One of the best eateries you will find anywhere!|
|Do NOT overlook a meal opportunity here!|
|Hangin' in Sierraville after a seriously good lunch and being serenaded by the chef!|
Count Ferrari on the left and the Rear Admiral on the right. Photo by the Creative Director with his iPhone.
|Lake Tahoe with some eye catching rocks. Photo by the CD.|
|A look behind the scenes of a mighty leap by the CD.|
|We are maybe 2-3 miles from the turn off to the Playa but nature called.|
|One of the racing marks for local races. It is called a Cow mark.|
The Uboat is in the background.