To Read on the Journey

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

The Whitney Classic

This past weekend Michael and I joined Summit Adventure for the Whitney Classic.
Michael had the opportunity to photograph the event, which is a 135 mile bicycle ride

from Death Valley

to the portal of Mt. Whitney (Mt. Whitney has the highest peak in the lower 48 states -at 14,496 feet elevation).
The event is a fund raiser for Summit Adventure .

We enjoyed seeing the event first hand. So much goes into making this event happen; Riders training, fund raising, providing sag drivers (drivers that follow them as they ride), "Sammers
and Hammers" (Good Sam's Club, and Ham Radio Operators) volunteering their time and talents to the event, as well as the work of staff, volunteers and supporters who help make the event run smoothly.

We were able to visit with friends Ginger and Spinner Allen who currently live in Florida. Check out Spinner's blog Filatore

I got to be along side my very good friend Kelli to cheer riders on at the start of the race, and to celebrate and cheer them through the finish line. The first riders arrived at 11:33 p.m. with the last one finishing at 10:18 a.m.

You should know that being outdoors in the dark, and cold, on some mountain, with a sign that says "active bear warning," isn't my thing. It's very much my husbands thing, and it was good to see him do two things he loves (outdoors and photography). It was also good to be with and see Kelli in her element as well, especially as this was her last weekend working for Summit Adventure. Keep Kelli in your prayers as she prepares to serve with Pioneers. I know that God has a greater adventure for Kelli ahead, and that He has greater summits to lead her to.
That God would go before you and behind you friend on this

adventure (a wild and exciting undertaking; to take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome), and that he would lead you to the summit (the highest point of a hill or mountain; the highest attainable level of achievement; highest) He has planned for you. That He will be your provider, confidence, love, life, hope, truth, joy, peace and way is my prayer for you.


BTW- a super huge THANK YOU to Gramps & Nana for keeping the kiddos for 4 long days!


Renee said...

Sounds like quite an experience! That's not my element either, but it would be amazing to be there.

Thanks for sharing!

Kristen said...

What an experience Denise! I am with you on the camping in the wilderness - give me a hotel room anyday! Glad you had a great time, thanks for sharing!

Jennifer Partin said...

How fun and exciting. And 4 days of just hubby and friends!! :) My husband is into stuff like that. He's never done a biking alone event but he sure is into Triathlons. Loved the pictures!!

Earen said...

Sounds like you had a great time! I have to also say that I'm not much for the camping stuff - eventhough I do live very close to the mountains. How fun to spend 4 days with your husband & friends & enjoy God's creation.

I'm Tara. said...

Wow - I bet that was an incredible thing to be a part of! Oh, and you are SO pretty - and I adore the rearview mirror picture!!

Sarah Markley said...

This sounds like a BLAST!!! What an absolutely awesome thing to go and be a part of...def. my kinda thing. =)

Family Jules said...

Great pics as always!
Thanks for the birthday song!

I bet you had fun with Ginger and Kelly.

Jennifer said...

It looks cold there... I sure do wish we could get some of that chill down here!
Looks like fun. Everyone needs a few days now and then, to remember what it is you (used to) enjoy! :)

Filatore said...

That guy hoisting his bike over his head looks like such a stud!