Friday afternoon I arrived a bit later than planned, thanks to some unexpected equipment news that kept me at work well past the time I'd planned to leave and also prevented me from napping. Still, I arrived in time to get the camp site set up:
And then it was time to begin, first the cancer survivors took a lap, including a member of my team who's just recently been cleared to return to full duty (with only one lung, which surprised everyone.)
Then the walking started in earnest. I didn't take a whole bunch of pictures during my first set of laps, because I was knitting. I never kept track of how many laps I made, but I got this far before they started the luminaria ceremony:
After that my hands were so swollen from the heat and humidity that I out the sock away. I'll work on it on the trip instead. The luminaria ceremony would have been very sweat and touching had it ended about 30 minutes sooner than it did. As it was, I got bored and started taking pictures; here are my Ops Boss and my Executive Officer in the front, and my armorer up close-
I am please to say that while we didn't win any prizes for decoration or fund raising, my Captain won the Spirit of the Relay award for being so active and positive. He seemed to have a lot of fans from the other teams and I thought he did a wonderful job.
In the end, I stayed up and walked about 8 of the 12 hours, which was maybe not the smartest of things to do. I have been hobbling about like an old woman for the last two days, but the soreness seems to be easing. I'll take some Advil tonight and hopefully the hours on the plane tomorrow won't be too bad for me. More later as time permits!