Yesterday, in addition to being Memorial Day, was the third and final day of the Kinetic Sculpture Race. Today’s picture shows Sparkle, a ten foot tall horse, navigating the last, but worst part of the Slippery, Slimey Slope. This area started out at the banks of the Eel River (which they all had to float and paddle across) and then the trail makes its way through a forested area that was home to some of the stickiest, smelliest mud you’ve ever seen. Sparkle had a full entourage of Mardi Gras dancers and singers following it the entire course, but in order to gain the maximum points, the vehicles have to make it through the obstacles using only the onboard power of the pilot and any crew. The vehicle can’t be pushed or pulled by their support team or spectators. Sparkle did pretty good until they broke a chain midway up the slope. Repairs were made and they did eventually make it up on their own. Sparkle could also move and blink her eyes, and wiggle her ears, and was a crowd favorite.