“It’s all about the people.”

Repeated time and time again – in the living room, at the dinner table and through the growing pains of life. A quote that my father would repeat to us boys without possibly even being aware that he was engraving it into our young and permeable minds. A quote I have only just begun to understand. It’s something that seems to gain more weight the more I ponder its meaning and realize that the material things in life are so fleeting. Its people, interactions, memories, and character that really have the power to influence mind and spirit.

Colossal has been a learning curve for Team Tamarack in many ways - where do we go with the event long term? How do we continue to grow it? Do we want to grow it? What do we learn from it after each passing year? One thing is for certain - the stories and experiences created during Colossal never seem to fade. The cool trucks, equipment, and amazing scenery are just a small piece of what makes this trip so unique. It’s truly the PEOPLE that make it so special. These sentiments echoed a little louder this year as our father’s famous quote resided in our minds. We had people drive from Calgary, Edmonton, Seattle, and even as far away as Colorado – We are always humbled by people’s ability to make the commitment to register, usually not knowing us more than a stranger off the street. For the 2018 event, I’ll be honest… the weather sucked. Rain, snow, and low cloud cover kept our viewing experience at a minimum. But yet the stories from the camp fire, the random desolate midnight run-ins with strangers, the night photo-ops, the driver’s challenges, and the general sense of binding together to enjoy whatever mother nature could throw at us still brings a smile to my face. The experiences and the character of all the individuals united for Colossal are what take the cake each and every year. The scenery, gear, and trucks are just the icing.  

Well done friends new and old. Glad you made the trek. 

Addison Rickaby of #teamtamarack