Hello, and welcome to Day 4 of me hosting my first Photo Challenge.
This Photo Challenge is BRIDGING THE GAP.
The idea is to post photos you’ve taken, or you are in, showing a bridge. Tell us something about the bridge, and/or what was happening when you took the photo. Of course, link back here, and leave a message, as well as a link on Mr. Linky, so we can all come have a look at what you've left for us.
First, my apologies for getting this up late… due to unforeseen circumstances. I like to have it up by 12:00am my time (see clocks in sidebar).
On the second weekend in August, for the last 4 years, I have gone to Omak, Washington, USA to take in the Omak Stampede & World Famous Suicide Race. Arriving in Omak, we drive past all the big ‘new’ stores, then across this big bridge over the Okanongan River (I think that’s how they spell it there. In BC, Canada, I live in the Okanagan Valley, pronounced the same but spelled differently.)
I’m showing you more photos today than just the bridge… because they’re beautiful, and because I see this yearly event as a bridge of sorts. You see, there is the big rodeo and a bunch of vendors and such on one side, then on the other side is the Indian Encampment with more vendors as well as 24 hour drumming during the weekend, and native dancing. People mingle back and forth between the two, bridging the two cultures and races. It’s really great.
The Suicide Race, if you don’t know, is where several young native men (warriors) run their horses across a flat spot, down a major hill, across the river, up onto the dike, and into the rodeo grounds.
The rest of these are of the river, looking from the top of the hill... progressively back down to the big bridge.
Many people want to see this race stopped. They see it as being cruel to the horses. In the 4 years I've been there, I've seen the race 7 times.... and not one time have I seen a horse injured. I have seen some riders fall off and get injured, and the horses finish the race without their rider. These horses are fine athletes, very well cared for and extremely well trained for this.