Sunday, May 28, 2017

For The Glory 2017

Memorial Day Weekend in Humboldt County is all about the Kinetic Sculpture race that has been happening every year for the past 49 years. Check out last year's post if you want more background on this fantastic race. I don't usually like crowds or big crazy gatherings, but for some reason I love this one so much. This is my third year watching it, and I just can't stop grinning the whole time I'm out there. The joy is simply contagious, much like this first sculpture we saw, the Kinetic Kootie.
The captain of this vessel has been in the race for 32 years! Their motto: We celebrate with humor and terror the thought of katching a kootie."

Here are some of the other truly fantastic and awesome sights we saw. There were many, many more.

Summer of Love 50th Anniversary

The Glorious Galloping Gastropod

Melvin (who has been racing for 36 years!)

Samurai Lawyers

Team Goddess Lightning Bug

Just a view of the journey out of town, I didn't even notice Santa until I looked at the photos!

Sparky (a team devoted to finding homes for dogs and cats)
All of these vehicle/vessels must successfully traverse roads, sand dunes, big tricky drops, and water crossings for 30 miles over three days of travel. They start out here in our little hometown on Saturday and wind up in Ferndale on Monday. I photographed one of the big sculptures in town.

A Cockwork Orange (Captain has been in race 22 years)
Then on the street heading out of town to the dunes.
And then we watched it live streaming on the internet Sunday morning as it made its way into the bay.


I tried to video it straight off my computer screen so you could see what these wild wonderful people go through, "For the Glory!"



24 comments:

  1. The joy is infectious. I can't stop grinning. And I'm a million miles away. It's no ordinary 'crowd'. Those are our kind of peeps. Thanks for posting,

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    1. jsk-- It really is an old-time gathering in the present day. We love it!

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  2. A simple idea that just keeps blooming and blooming, so wonderful, yes, I'm joining jsk in thanking you for the pics. Hooray!!

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    1. Infrafrenata-- We love watching the sculptures roll on by and the utter joy and enthusiasm they inspire.

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  3. Big fun! Also looks like you had some clouds and rain. Will trade you for heat.

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    1. isabelita-- We had a few days of sunshine, but seem to have gone straight from winter to foggy summer weather. Still, I won't trade for heat!

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  4. And that reminds me....
    Some years ago I remember seeing something about an inventor by the name of Mr Barnes who realised that there was a missing link in the development of personal transport. He reasoned that men could travel faster by riding a horse or a bicycle but no one had thought of how this could be improved by having the horse ride the bicycle. This was how he came to invent the Horsicle, which involved a horse walking on a treadmill that was attached to a system of chains and gears to propel it forward. Surprisingly the contraption worked and speeds of up to 15 miles per hour could be reached! Somehow it never caught on.

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    1. John-- I just googled "horsicle" and found some crazy images of such a contraption. I can't imagine why it never caught on. LOL!

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  5. Great stuff, what a wonderful event!

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    1. Sabine-- We like an event that makes us smile all day long!

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  6. Seems like a particularly joyous adventure. I admire the people who participate.

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    1. Colette-- It is a joyous adventure. We're thinking about getting involved somehow. Not sure we'd actually build some kind of sculpture, but maybe help with the logistics of the whole event. It's a joyous thing for sure!

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  7. What a colourful event! Looks like great fun, glad you shared it with us.
    Take care.
    Robin

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    1. Robin-- It's colorful and funny and delightful in every way. The founder of it said it was good for adults to have fun so children will want to grow up!

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  8. Wow, what really creative minds at work there. What fun to see. Thirty miles is quite a bit to cover. Such dedication and kudos to all.

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    1. Patti-- Yes! The creativity is remarkable and the stamina is incredible. The most fun I've seen in a long time.

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  9. Now that is really impressive. What a sight!

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- It really is impressive. We love watching it!

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  10. That is so cool no wonder you keep going back to see it, I would too

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    1. Bill-- It really is the coolest! We're hoping to participate in some way next year. For the glory!!

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  11. People are so creative! Just to visualize some of these is hard enough, to actually build them is amazing.

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    1. Pat-- The Kinetic Sculpture Race is one of the few big public event things that I simply love going to see. Such creativity, high energy, and absolute mirth!

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