The Cleveland Crusaders are an amateur rugby team that plays Division 2 Rugby with other teams in the Great Lakes area. On this Saturday afternoon they played a team from Pittsburgh at a makeshift field in Edgewater Park.
I have played, coached and seen many sports but my rugby knowledge is very limited. Thanks to google, we could follow along with the game’s rules. Additionally by watching it for a bit it was easy to follow the strategies, and the identify the skills that were necessary.
The action was intense, coupled with the quick pace it makes for an enjoyable sport.
The tackling is fierce.
When a ball went out of play, it is thrown back in. Unlike soccer teammates will literally lift one of the players up in the air to get the ball.
The most basic rule that was noticed is the ball is always thrown to the side and beyond where the player who previously had the ball is stopped.
A ruck starts with the interlocking of most of the players, while another rolls the ball in.
Eventually popping out, and play ensues.
Rugby is something I will have to check out more often, in my opinion far more interesting that football, but not as good as hockey!
A day and night in Victoria, British Columbia.
BC Parliament Building
Totem Poles at the BC Museum
Yachts and water taxis in Victoria Harbor
The coastline along the Strait of Juan De Fuca.
A cricket game in Beacon Hill Park
More Canadian palm trees in the same park.
More harbor action.
On our way to Port Angeles, Washington and Olympic National Park – which we could easily see from Victoria almost 50 miles away.
A perfect ending to a week in Canada.
A beautiful sunny Saturday was perfect for boat racing in the prairie, specifically at a man made lake that used to be a quarry, at the county fairgrounds, in Springfield Ohio.
The boats started from the ‘beach’, which meant their support team has to hold them in place then try not to get blasted by the water when they take off.
While focused on the boats, in the end the water spray patterns added to the photos.
There were two classes of boats, all with great paint jobs.
The boats could corner at nearly 100 MPH.
This boat lead his entire race until the last lap.
When he got caught up in lapped traffic and was passed down the final straight.
Scioto Downs Racetrack has been in business for over 50 years just south of Columbus. Their feature is their ‘Googie’ style grandstand, which is unfortunately having some structural issues and is closed so you sit on plastic chairs along the apron of the track. Nevertheless the racing goes on…
The Cincinnati Remote Control Airplane Club has been around for over 50 years. Once a year they host a ‘Flying Circus’ at the Butler County Airport in Hamilton, Ohio. This event allows them to showcase to the public their love of their airplanes, as well as their skill in flying them.
There were a number of models both in scope of the time of aviation design as well as scale.
One of the highlights was an event to break balloons by flying low and fast and clipping them with (hopefully) their wheels. Not all used their wheels.
A few slammed into the display holding the balloons.
Some of the landings made it but a bit off course.
The pilots went to pick up the remains of those that crashed.
A Wright Flyer model was flown, albeit very briefly before crashing.
The models were amazing in detail – from a distance it is tough to tell they are models.
The coordinator had a great hat.
A model Valkyrie deloyed a chute to slow it down when landing.
Some of the landings were dicey, but made it.
A trio of Red Baron bi-planes put on a great show.
Some model jets made an appearance.
Another close landing.
In the end it was a great show.
While researching what to do for the year one event I found that was highlighted in red letters not to miss is Dangerwheel – Adult bigwheel racing down a hill in Cincinnati!
East 12th Street in Over The Rhine is not the steepest street in town, but it is more than sufficient to get the riders moving quickly.
Aided by sometimes over exuberant pushers, the racers head down the hill.
Not satisfied with just going down a hill on a trike with no brakes or pedals, the audience pelt the contestants with water balloons.
The second round featured large balls in the course for the racers to ride through.
Costumes, and props are encouraged.
Without brakes mayhem usually ensued at the bottom.
In the end the entire event was great. We unfortunately were unable to stay to the end (they take about 7-8 hours to compete, we only had 4 hours) – next year we will spend the night in Cincinnati and stay for the entire event.
The town of West Chester, Ohio is located between Cincinnati and Dayton, with a rapidly developing suburban feel to it. It was here that we attended our second cardboard boat races ever, the first being a couple of years ago in the Ohio River town of New Richmond.
While both were entertaining this one was clearly geared more to youth, although there were some adult competitors. Still, the boats were creative, the competition at times fierce, and the opportunity for photography excellent.
The concept of a snow shovel for an oar must have seemed like a good idea at first – but it was an epic fail.
The victors of a heat return to cheers.
The ‘Five Peas in a Pod’ quickly realize one of their competition have sunk.
One of the more creative boats was the US Airway flight that landed in the Hudson, complete with a grey stash on Sully.
One young lady decided it was best just to close her eyes and paddle in any direction.
A couple of the adult heats clearly knew what they were doing and were extremely intense in their competition.
These young ladies made it back to the dock first, then promptly sunk.
Rounding the 3rd buoy and heading for home.
Another sinking at the dock.