We do not, as humans, place enough emphasis on this idea. It's not an existential dilemma or suggestion that our lives are meaningless or can't be worthwhile, but quite the opposite really. It's making something special out of nothing. It's a feeling we need to focus on sometimes to give perspective on why we do the things we do. I deeply find peace in those moments where I look around me and can see the fact that my existence is actually completely small. I could not help but look up at the mist-laden hills of the Gorge this weekend and feel any other way. These moments serve as reminders to take time to appreciate our scene, our racers, our promoters, our friends and family who attend, the heckles, the beers...the everything about weekend racing. For me, these moments where I feel completely small in the realm of the universe is a reminder of how far we've come and what we've built together. It's a powerful contrast to see our vibrant, lively community starkly juxtaposed against the hills of time. And dammit it is beautiful. We may be insignificant in the sense of time, but our time together is far from insignificant.
Cascade Locks continues to be one of my favorite races on the schedule, and the conditions this year cemented that fact... I LOVE white (read:brown) water rafting! Thanks to everyone who made this weekend another special one. I sincerely hope to see everyone at Canby Crossword this coming weekend!