So one day after my last outing on the flooded Meramec river (yesterday) and its risen several feet! I went out with Corvin to check it out. Parking was quite different as the parking lot I was in yesterday is under about 8 feet of water!
We were out about an hour, look at the water on the apartment complex sign, its still coming up!
I tried to get more uni-cycling in this month.
And something about my wife being awesome!
The Meramec is flooding to record levels again. Here is the first of three outings documenting it. This one is with JoJo, Andy, and myself. Since we parked in a flooded area, we always stayed in site of the cars to make sure we could have a quick exit.
Parking at Greentree where we normally paddle, there is only an island of dry space left.
Probably shouldn’t drive through here, but I’m very familiar with the place as I paddle here every month.
Andy sitting in the front.
A gazebo nearby for reference.
JoJo in her whitewater boat ready for anything (even though we stayed well out of the river and focused on the calm flooded area).
Hogan and Andy standing on the last land here for a week.
The bathroom in the background will go 100% underwater in a few days.
Wonder what she is thinking.
Yep, its time to leave. When I parked here, all of my van tires were (barely) on dry pavement. For the hour we were out it rose several inches.
With the massive amount of rain that came down, a mini lake formed in Barbre park. Where there is water, I’m there to paddle. So I went out and met Danelle and Corvin to paddle for a bit.
Mandy and Brandon got married today at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park. We were lucky enough to be invited to the ceremony. This park is a decent drive from our house, so I’m not sure we’ve ever been to it before. When we got there, it was drizzling rain and preparing to storm more. Not wanting to get in the way as we were a bit early, I checked out a nearby water tower hidden in the woods.
With the tower properly explored and my dress shoes muddy, we proceeded to the shelter for the ceremony. Its an old shelter with a fireplace that faces 4 different directions. They had a small fire on each of the four sides providing a nice atmosphere.
In a classic Hogan move, I stopped taking photos and have none of the bride and groom. It may have been because there were threats of a tornado in the area and the wind and rain accelerated the day a ton. At least I have one photo of people… Maybe next time I’ll pay better attention!