I see you will be here on the weekend; will you come back for next races as well? Are you staying just one night?
If you have time/interest - I can send you courses from previous years in the area.
Thanks! We'll drive up Friday night and stay for the races. I don't think there will be time for additional outings, but who knows? Go ahead and send me some stuff, please.
We are hoping to come out for the May events as well. Will you make the trip over to Montana for some of ours this spring?
We'll be at the Quincy event on Saturday!
Will this be the first time Fjola and Inara will meet up? Should we bring our Animal-O setup?
It's gotta be the first, I imagine.
Fjola and Gina are going out on a beginner course, and I'm doing a medium-advanced at 10:06am, and then Gina's going out solo at 12:06pm, so I'll have Fjola around while Gina is out.
We want pictures of the girls!
The girls did meet very briefly on Saturday at the start at the very end of the start window, right before Gina and Inara's crew started their courses. (We arrived much later than planned so we missed a potential meetup earlier). I don't have any photos of them together, but Gina has some on her phone of Fjola orienteering.
The girls exchanged names and ages, and talked about their footwear. Inara commented that a lot of people can't say her name right, so once Fjola figures out that the same applies to her, they'll have a bond forever.
I'd be curious to hear about Inara's experience on Saturday's beginner course, being a year older. Fjola likes to find flags and beep them, and she can confirm the three-digit codes on the controls (after we tell her what code we're looking for). She knows that blue on the map is water, and that the course has a sequence of numbered controls, but otherwise the map is pretty incomprehensible to her.
Saturday was her 3rd time orienteering in 4 weekends; before that it was February 2020. I wasn't with her on Saturday, but I was the Saturday before on a college campus map. She likes to run, so I kind of pointed out where we should go (eg: over to the building with the green roof) and let her "lead".
When we were (slowly) walking back to the download on Saturday, a lot of other finishers were passing us along the trail, and Fjola excitedly asked all of them how many flags they found, and she told them that she found seven. As soon as we got home, she ran over to our cat and told him that she found seven flags and asked him to look at her orienteering jersey.
At dinner, we have a routine where everyone talks about a fun thing and a hard thing from the day. At dinner, Fjola's fun thing was.... kicking around the sand/dirt/dust with her shoes, haha. (Her hard thing was getting her toenails clipped, which happened the day before, but was traumatizing enough to stay with her the next day.)
I'll also mention that Fjola came across some bones along the beginner course. I think Gina said she thought it was a coyote pelvis, but Fjola is telling everyone that she found "brontosaurus bones".
Sad there are no visuals, but you paint a pretty good picture. Sounds like you’re doing everything right to help Fjola like orienteering!