Igor, DE Great Parks Pursuit, and Philanthropy

by Mark Carter on September 20, 2010

I spent the last week anxiously awaiting the arrival of swell from our friend Igor well off the eastern coast. I also planned for a peaceful and refreshing weekend with the family at the cape. I figured I could enjoy a few surf sessions, some campfire pints and pursue adventure with the kiddos.

Well, Igor did produce waves. Nothing overwhelming, but what looked like fun and clean chest high (give or take depending on tide) surf all along the Delaware coast. I however, did not get to partake. I had my first cold of the season.

I’m the guy at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery that organizes events. Last weekend, we held our 6th annual Intergalactic Bocce Tournament. It’s a crazy weekend of themed costumes, plenty of off-centered ales, great food (thanks Surf Bagel, The Miltonian, and The Pickled Pig), and some of the most spectacular bocce in the galaxy. We had players from as far away as Oregon, and costumes representing monks, Dogfish beer labels, Marvin the Martian, and a few kilted scotsmen. It was undoubtedly a great time.

The Intergalactic Bocce event comes a mere two weeks prior to the Dogfish Dash….a 5K/10K run that benefits the Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. I should have realized trying to fit in a camping trip the weekend in between the two events might be just a little too much.

Anyways, the family and I headed to Cape Henlopen State Park to enjoy the last days of summer amongst the pines covered dunes. I awoke that Friday morning though feeling significantly under the weather, but I didn’t have it in me to break the heart of a 4 and 5 year, so a camping we went. Friday evening provided little rest and minimal sleep for me as I desperately tried to fend off the first cold of the season for me.

We had a plan though on Saturday to check off a few of the activities listed on the DE Great Parks Pursuit game. The DE Great Parks Pursuit is a challenge to get folks out into the parks this fall and enjoy the vast array of activities that the DE State Parks offer. There are 25 activities, and if you complete 12 or more by November 15th, you are awarded a 2011 Park Pass. (Visit the DE State Parks website for more information.) So, we had one activity down….spend a night camping….it didn’t say a tranquil night. After a breakfast of cast iron grilled pancakes and sausage, off on the bikes we went. We were able to accomplish 3 more activities that day, and I was thoroughly impressed how far my little people could pedal around Cape Henlopen State Park with training wheels. Unfortunately, my cold was not improving, so my son and I bailed on night two and headed home to rest and eat soup. My wife and daughter enjoyed a second night under a beautiful moon and amongst the pine scented breezes.

My cold seems to be on the mend, which is perfect since we are only one week away from the Dogfish Dash. This year we have 1500 runners racing on Sunday, September 26th leaving from the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, and running all around the tiny little town. To my knowledge, it’s the largest race ever in Sussex County, and I believe the largest 5K/10K in Delaware. There’s a “recycled costume” contest for runners….last year we had a team of four run in grass skirts made of empty case boxes and bikini tops made of Dogfish beer caps. I’m curious what this year will hold. So, if you in or around Milton next Sunday, come out and cheer on the runners. Cheers!!!!

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