Monday, June 29, 2009

Hoop Fest 2009

Spokane may be a small city, but there really is so much to do here and much of it can be done for little or no cost other than gasoline. Over the last few days we've taken the kids hiking on the Centennial Trail along the scenic Spokane River and also headed to the unique downtown area for the yearly 3 on 3 basketball tournament known as Hoop Fest (or "poop" fest, according to Lil' Wingnut).

This year the tournament drew 6000 teams and there were basketball courts set up on the streets for as far as the eye could see. It really was quite amazing to see masses of people so well organized, enjoying the beautiful Spokane weather and a little basketball. There were teams of all shapes and sizes, from cute little girls to grown men dressed as elves. Kareem Abdul Jabar and AC Green even had a team at the Fest.

My siblings, their spouses, and I managed to keep track of all 11 kids among the masses without losing a single one. That was a feat in itself!


The whole crew sitting on the sidelines cheering on a family friend and his team to victory.


Elves playing a little 3 on 3. Santa must have given them the weekend off.


There were at least a dozen streets and bridges set up just like this with courts as far as the eye could see.

Navigating this motley crew through the masses of people was no easy task, but we all had so much fun spending time as a family.
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5 comments:

Your Bro said...

Ummmmm...Mau you once again are showing off your incredible sports wisdom and prowess...it is A.C. Green not AJ. It was a lot of fun and I am exhausted...(it's kind of a relief being able to come into work today so I can rest up a bit!). I can't wait to see what expeditions we go on this week!

Viva La Poopie!!!

Love Ya Mau!

Your Bro

Maurisa said...

Thanks for the heads up. I'll be changing that now so I don't look completely ignorant :-)

maxbrucewell said...

Great pictures, I'm glad you all had a great time without lousing anybody.
We are going to Nancy's this afternoon to help with ebay, Lil is not doing very good.
Keep us posted on future adventure, I'm probably going to see Steve Davis Tuesday evening.
Love ya Dad

Rob said...

sounds like you are having a great time.
i saw your hubby at Mass yesterday. he looks way too happy and relaxed....not that i'm trying to start anything ;)

Tonya said...

Did your eldest get her hair cut while out there? It looks cute, need a closer up picture!

Glad you're having so much fun.