It was still cool and a little drizzly, so my entertainment was watching them race by in a variety of attire that would do a Hollywood costume designer proud. One kid in a slicker carried a nerf machine gun, but would have looked more menacing in something other than the light blue Disney flannel pajama bottoms. My favorite was a boy in ingenious rain gear made from a large black garbage bag, complete with a peaked hood and belted at the waist. It went to the ground and he looked like one of the Sand People from Star Wars, especially wielding his Nerf gun as he stalked the drainage dish alongside the road and peered into culverts on the hunt for terrorists or aliens. A little girl spent the day in what looked like winter boots, black tights, a lime green flouncy net skirt, and a pink windbreaker. Several kids zoomed by on bikes or chased each other, their shoes and pants soaked to the knees. I'm surprised Mattell hasn't found a way to market puddles.
We took a little road trip (dressed more conservatively) in the afternoon and checked out West End Architectural Salvage, a fascinating array of junk and cool stuff made from junk filling four floors of an old warehouse in Des Moines. It is also the subject of a TV series on HGTV or DIY. And we capped our stressful day back at the campground with grilled salmon, sauteed Brussels sprouts, two rice dishes, coleslaw, homemade sourdough bread, banana cake and ice cream.
It's cloudy and cool this morning but not raining. We'll hope that holds for the barbecue contest this afternoon in Valley Junction where Ken and Harriet are judging. I have to go pick out my outfit. I wonder if we brought garbage bags>