So now at least I know the answer to my mother's question (all mothers' questions..) If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump off a cliff? Answer: I would analyze my route choices, and if it seemed like it would save time.... yes.
I displayed this type of brilliant thinking at last year's Snogaine (pretty much down a cliff to the Finish), and again here where I followed Joe over frozen water (we hoped... but if it held him I figured I'd be okay too), and followed Pete/Andrei suggestion of running through a flooded culvert to avoid running back to to the highway overpass. Which I believe Pete might have regretted because it turned out it was slippery and cold and he found this out up to his elbows.
Very fun event. Warm with fresh snow on all the branches, paths. With the three hour event, we got both an aerial map and a topographic map and got to switch between the two. The six hour event had a map switch. It was a great way to support a long event in not a huge park.
Good food afterwards, with plenty for all.
I got home late. Dogs were happy to see me, wanted to go for a run. nope, just a bath then bed. I was pretty tired, even though Andrei called me a wimp for only running the short rogaine.
Route, showing Topographic points T20, T17, T16, T18, T19, T15, T14, not
showing the aerial checkpoints (A16, A15, A12, A13, A11, A1, A9))