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TSO - G - Day 3 - A Tuesday on the Tilts

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Yesterday's enthusiasm spilled over into this morning, and everyone's excited to get back to work. Up on the hill the teams start seeing how their carts fit on the tracks.

Looks like Nooi's cart is gliding along!

Looks like Nooi's cart is gliding along!

The front wheel of Panda's boat - err, cart - seems to be rubbing on the rail. Their solution is to recess their wheel mounting into the hull (Read: chassis).

The front wheel of Panda's boat - err, cart - seems to be rubbing on the rail. Their solution is to recess their wheel mounting into the hull (Read: chassis).

Kablooi works on their fidget spinner inspired weapon, which will rotate atop their cart and knock their opponents off the track. 

Kablooi works on their fidget spinner inspired weapon, which will rotate atop their cart and knock their opponents off the track. 

Truman tightens the wheels for Piki's undercarriage. 

Truman tightens the wheels for Piki's undercarriage. 

Midway through the day a new rule throws a wrench into many groups' plans. Going forward, no team's watermelon may be within six inches of any wood. This means that the teams who've built tank-like carts will need to reconisder the materials they use to shield their melons. 

Caroline explains the rules update to the teams. 

Caroline explains the rules update to the teams. 

Kevin and Peam talk over Kablooi's cart design. 

Kevin and Peam talk over Kablooi's cart design. 

Piki decides whether they can use their bedspring equipped foam shield under the new rules. 

Piki decides whether they can use their bedspring equipped foam shield under the new rules. 

With Sayuri's help, Emma drills holes in a section of pipe, from which Nooi will suspend their melon. 

With Sayuri's help, Emma drills holes in a section of pipe, from which Nooi will suspend their melon. 

After lunch we head down the hill a ways to see the ranch animals in a visit organized by Cruise Director Daniel. 

Jared, Dylan and Daniel bring the compost bin down to the barn to feed the animals. 

Jared, Dylan and Daniel bring the compost bin down to the barn to feed the animals. 

Following our excursion, we spend the rest of the afternoon working on our track and carts. Many of the chassis now roll on the track, and the groups tune them and begin refining their weapons. 

Katelin and Sage weave a basket for Panda's melon in order to comply with the six inch rule. 

Katelin and Sage weave a basket for Panda's melon in order to comply with the six inch rule. 

In a moment of convergent evolution, Audrey creates a similar nest for Kablooi's cart. 

In a moment of convergent evolution, Audrey creates a similar nest for Kablooi's cart. 

Piki's plan is to cantilever their melon off the back of their cart, hoping that it will be well out of the way of inbound attacks. Carey works on the poles which will suspend it. 

Piki's plan is to cantilever their melon off the back of their cart, hoping that it will be well out of the way of inbound attacks. Carey works on the poles which will suspend it. 

Jared shows off the hammer he's been working on by puncturing various pieces of wood. 

Caroline is impressed.

Caroline is impressed.

A small team has been working this afternoon on elevating the track so that it can be leveled in preparation for Thursday's joust. 

Evan handsaws the supports under the track so that they're flush. 

Evan handsaws the supports under the track so that they're flush. 

This week we celebrate Katelin's 16th birthday with a cake baked by our fabulous camp steward, Tamee!

After dinner Caroline goes over the five rules of knife safety, and equip everyone with a pocket knife.

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Tomorrow we'll take a break from building and head to the beach for a little R&R. On Thursday, we're back to building in order to test our carts in the afternoon!

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