Trout Lake Newswriters
Pat Arnold, 395-2233
Shirley Keran, 395-2559
Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318
Terry Scott, 395-2760
Trout Lake attracts many a vacationing photographer. They often pull off the highway and photograph our great views of Mt. Adams. Mild summer weather is a bonus to our vacationers as well as our athletes, who hone their skills outdoors. This was apparent as I watched the healthy group of racers take off from Jonah Ministries during the 5K/10K Run. The Trout Lake Fair drew a friendly group of fast runners, some local and some from other states. The Deardon family, (Doug, Robin, Mathew, Timothy and Luke) had the most participants. Anna Schmid, daughter of Robert and Leslie, was the youngest girl racing. Youngest boys racing were Luke Deardon and Mikael Dick-Schmid. Pat Arnold raced along as the oldest woman. (Perhaps Dusty had some pointers or vice versa.) Lon Ball raced as the oldest man. In the 5K race, Emily Paxson won the woman's and Doug Holcomb came in first for the men. In the 10K, Jennifer Burningham finished first for the women and Mark Moreland finished first for the men.
A new contest, the Chocolate Cake Bakers Challenge, tempted us when the delicious chocolate scent drifted across the gym. Here is the winning recipe:
Perfect Chocolate Cake -- cake: 1 cup unsweetened cocoa, 2 cups boiling water, 2 3/4 cups unbleached white flour, 2 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1 c. butter, 2 1/2 cups sugar, 4 eggs, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract; frosting: 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate morsels, 1 cup butter, 1/2 cup light cream, 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar; filling: 8 oz. huckleberry jam (original recipe calls for sweetened whipped cream, jam was substituted).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour three 9-inch round cake pans. Combine the cocoa with 2 cups of boiling water, stirring with whisk until smooth. Cool completely. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, soda, salt and baking powder. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. At low speed beat in the flour mixture (in fourths) alternately with the cocoa mixture (in thirds), beginning and ending with the flour. Do not over-mix. Pour the batter into cake pans, and bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool in pans for 10 minutes and then remove from pans to cool completely.
To prepare the frosting, melt the chocolate, butter and cream in a medium saucepan until smooth. Remove from heat. With a whisk blend in the confectioner's sugar. Pour mixture into a bowl which is placed over ice. Beat until frosting holds its shape.(this takes a while).
Construct the cake when all the parts are cool. Spread the huckleberry jam (or sweetened whipped cream) between the layers, and the frosting on the top and sides. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.
A bit of comedy was added to the cow milking contest when the participants had to don a pair of coveralls, run to the 4 cows lined up, grab a glass jar and fill it to the line marked and run back to Monte Pearson. Now that is speed milking. Ashley Chappell, from Stevenson, won for the junior division and Mike Cook won for the adult division. In the run-off between the junior and senior division, it was a tie.
Local news: Hilary Nielsen is a student athlete who competes in equestrian endurance racing and aspires to enter her horse, Ibn Prime Tyme, in the Pan American Championships of 2003. Ibn is Arabian for 'son of.' Prime Tyme is an Arabian horse of Old World stock. Although the main purpose of endurance racing is to test the skill of the rider and their horse, Hilary has gained so much more. She describes endurance racing as "a massive adrenaline rush!" She is completely content with the commitment and challenge of training herself and her horse. Hilary was seven-years-old when she got her horse, a spirited horse with a 'let's do it my way' attitude. It took a while for the endurance horse to learn how to store and conserve his energy. In the 11 years of riding him, Hilary learned how to use caution and consider her actions so she stayed in balance. If she should become off balance or lose a stirrup, her horse has learned to stop. You could say, they are the best of friends. Born into a family of athletes, horses are Hilary's life. Hilary and her mom, Chris, train together and have done some endurance rides together. Enjoying this sport together, gives Hilary and her mom an even better relationship.
Recently, Hilary raced in the Mt. Adams Endurance Race and placed second. At the Prineville Endurance Race, Hilary placed second behind a world caliber rider. At the Grizzly Mountain 50-mile endurance ride in Oregon she beat a world championship competitor and several other riders that will be competing at the Pan American championships which are held every two years. This endurance race has a 100-mile ride only. As Hilary's goal is to nominate her horse for the Pan American Championships in 2003, she plans to continue to focus on her riding which will be a challenge her senior year in high school. To ride an endurance race of 100 miles takes extreme patience and discipline.
There was a good turnout for the Mt. Adams Baptist Church Vacation Bible School program last week. Thursday, Aug. 9, the children put on a delightful program for their parents and friends, showing what they had learned.
Newswriter, Sandi Thygesen