Orienteering: take 2

Last Sunday the kids and I decided to drive an hour and a half so we could do the last orienteering meet of the season. It was a gorgeous, sunny and rather warm day (75 degrees–well above the norm for November). This was our second attempt at orienteering (you can read our first here –it also contains an explanation of what orienteering is) and as with the first time we made no attempt at actually racing–we just wanted to make it through to the end (and almost didn’t).

On the way to the first control we stopped to look over the bridge (and take a photo).
On the way to the first control we stopped to look over the bridge (and take a photo).


On the way to the first control we had to walk around a beautiful pond--and yes it is, for once, as warm out side as it looks.
On the way to the first control we had to walk around a beautiful pond--and yes it is, for once, as warm out side as it looks.

Issac looking for the first control.
Issac looking for the first control.
Found it. Right after this photo we had to cross this stream, and Rachel fell in.
Found it. Right after this photo we had to cross this stream, and Rachel fell in.
Esther found the next control. We had to cgo up that hill for the next one and it is a lot steeper than it looks there.
Esther found the next control. We had to go up that hill for the next one and it is a lot steeper than it looks there.
This is from the top of that same hill. And yes, it WAS exhausting, thank you.
This is from the top of that same hill. And yes, it WAS exhausting, thank you.
So exhausting that Esther decided she was giving up and refused to budge until she realized the rest would be downhill.
So exhausting that Esther decided she was giving up and refused to budge until she realized the rest would be downhill.
A peak at our map--those contour lines are 5 meters apart.
A peak at our map--those contour lines are 5 meters apart.
After a breather we got back on the trail.
After a breather we got back on the trail.
Now Esther is back to being her happy self (her sister shared her water with her by pouring it down her back. I guess that was a good thing.)
Now Esther is back to being her happy self (her sister shared her water with her by pouring it down her back. I guess that was a good thing.)
Issac got the next control--they took turns marking their score card but the girls refused to do the ones surrounded by briars so Issac did extra.
Issac got the next control--they took turns marking their score card but the girls refused to do the ones surrounded by briers (like this one) so Issac did extra.
Esther took every chance she could to sit down. The hill triggered her asthma for the first time in several years. Note to self--next time bring inhaler.
Esther took every chance she could to sit down. The hill triggered her asthma for the first time in several years. Note to self--next time bring inhaler.
6 controls later we were back to the the lodge and the finish. We took over an hour to do the course but it was fun and a beautiful day to do it. And the kids were thrilled that they HAD finished the course, and hungry to boot.
6 controls later we were back to the the lodge and the finish. We took over an hour to do the course but it was fun and a beautiful day to do it. And the kids were thrilled that they HAD finished the course, and were hungry to boot.
This is what we were greeted with after slipping, sliding, down the hill to the finish (it was a straight down trail covered in wet leaves and rocks.) What a gorgeous view sand well worth the rather quick descent.
This is what we were greeted with after slipping, sliding, down the hill to the finish (it was a straight down trail covered in wet leaves and rocks.) What a gorgeous view sand well worth the rather quick descent..

When asked if they planned on doing this again next year all gave a resounding, “Yes!” So I suspect next year will see us doing more orienteering since will start at the beginning of the season.