- Everyone gets two tries.
- You can roll the pancakes, ball them up, frisbee them -- anything you want.
- The entire pancake must go into the bucket labeled "Buckit." Hangers-on don't count.
- You must stand behind the line drawn in the sawdust.
- Winner gets a free breakfast. Wimps get ridicule.
It landed two feet behind the bucket.
I took my second try, and repeated everything, including the overthrow. Doughy crumpled bunches of pancake now littered the floor like tiny "agonies of defeat." Dejected, I gave the floor to John.
So we may not be the best sourdough pancake throwers, but the second part of the evening was just beginning -- the bonfire.
Our friends, Harlan and Sue, had unexpectedly selected this same park on a night when we were there, along with a father and son from Switzerland and two tent camping women from Germany. Harlan, Sue, John and I had some educating to do -- none of the others had been in North America long enough to learn about toasting marshmallows! We took this duty very seriously, and soon had them gobbling gooey, flaming cubes of caramelized sugar, the perfect accompaniment to a light, golden, and ultimately tasteless American beer: