August Poker Rally 2004

On Sunday August 29th Mandy and Nate Dahlen hosted the season’s first road rallye. Entrants began at Legion Park in West Des Moines and followed the route instructions on a pleasant drive north and east through Beaverdale, Saylorville, Norwoodville, the “Hilltop” area of East Des Moines, Pleasant Hill, and past the soon-to-be Great Ape research center before finally winding up at a lovely shelter at Easter Lake Park. At various points on the route entrants had to stop and pick a playing card from a deck. There was little pressure as scoring was based solely on each car’s poker hand and “fill in the blank” questions, and no timekeeping was required. Once at the park Mandy, Nate and Connie and Lon Smallridge had huge sandwiches, cookies, and beverages for the competitors while poker hands were compared and fill-ins were checked. Thanks go to the Dahlen’s and Smallridge’s for a great afternoon. Some photos of the post rallye gathering and some of the participating cars can be found below. Just click on any image for a larger view. You can then navigate through the larger images or return to this index.

Images by Ric Johnson