meet at Mingo Creek county park. Pretty happy with my route
except for the leg 3-4, in which Dave Battista had a better leg time than mine by 3 minutes.
Just a few minutes before meet start, I noticed that someone was removing the control under a bridge
, and at first I thought they were meet volunteers. But once I got closer, I realized they were a family that hired a professional photographer, and wanted the covered bridge
to be in the photo background, but without a hanging orienteering control shown. So I picked up the control from the grass, and about 20 meters away from where it should be, and walked towards the bridge saying that this is official equipment of a meet, and that it is clearly labeled in english that such equipment should not be removed. A member of the family was not happy and reacted, as if an offence was done to him (after all, I was interfering with his family photo plan). I was asked under whose authority was I doing this. I said "my authority". I was then asked "do you have a permit", to which I answered "yes". I then sensed the hostility, and clarified: "look, I am not trying to be rude, but just direct and factual", and later "there are about 100 families that pay money for this, and they expect all this equipment to be in its proper place". Once under the bridge, and now with the family member pointing to the exact spot from where it was removed, I then eased up and agreed to wait three minutes and allow the photo shoot to be done without the control hanging. At the end of the photo shoot, I offered the family a free entry to the meet, should they be interested. And it all ended better than how it got started. This is how under the bridge
looked like from the other side.