Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Portland Challenge-for the challenged

5th annual Portland Challenge
August 19, 2007
Jacki, Pete, Ryan, Malea, Coop, Bryan, Amber, Heather

This event met our wacky guidelines. Start at bar. Go to river. Get across river. Shower in fountain. Go back to bar and party. And, the bar was the Slammer! Doesn't get much better than that. Excpet we wanted to kick it up a notch, by starting at Mt. Tabor and ending at Council Crest. Details were worked out, everything was ready to go. Until it rained. Not wanting to swim the Willamette with CSO (yum... Sewage), we went with hastily drafted Plan B. Everything but the swim (and the bar).

So the motley crew starts our at Mt. Tabor. After eventually finding Pete, we're off.

First stop-giant Salmon. Since we're running down Salmon St. we may as well have an ode to a Salmon!

We've made it to the river. We thought we would all hang out with former mayor Vera Katz for a while. Some of us refined:Some people jumped her into their gang.

And of course, on a long run, you've got to stop and refill your water bottle sometime. However, we tried to warn Malea against drinking out of this "special" fountain.
After all of that, we finally reached our destination, Council Crest. Oh, there were some porta -potty stops along the way, but, we spared you those and instead, the view from the top!
Some kind folks were generous enough to take a picture of the Portland Challenged, now much sweatier and smellier than a few hours previous.

And of course, what could be more challenging than finding our way back to Mt. Tabor (harder than it should have been!) and finding a place to enjoy some drinks outside at Dingo's Taco Bar.
While enjoying tasty libations, Ryan tried to convince the server to marry him, but as it turned out, I had a much better chance of marrying her than he did. Maybe next time Ryan!
Special thanks to Jacki for organizing this and to Bryan's awesome Inspector Gadget-esque camera for the photos along the way!

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