130th Sunset Race – 9/12/2019

The Sunset Race is always a good time. Today, I was racing with JoJo and Jason in a Spencer Canoes C3. We are consider taking this boat on the MR340 together this year if the river stops flooding.

As an added bonus, Jeff Hug came out to paddle as well. We’ve worked together in the past and he’s a great guy. Nothing is better than a great night out paddling with friends!

Hogan Haake

August Sunset Race – 8/8/2019

August celebrated our 129th Sunset Race on the second Thursday of the month. This month, we were going downstream from Greentree ramp in Kirkwood to the Meramec Marina. There, we’ll tie up the boats and get some pizza and beer before heading back upstream. Eight paddlers made the trip. its always interesting taking over the marina tying upĀ  boats anywhere we can get space.

Look closely and you’ll actually see three kayaks in this photo.

Bernie didn’t waste any time getting to his beer. His shirt is soaked from the workout, so its okay.

Melissa has never been here before and loves the vibe!

Jason behind the umbrella post, Jay, and JoJo.

Melissa wanted to see how to get from the marina to land, and loves it.

Overview of the marina.

Looking upriver on the way back. JoJo is in the middle with Melissa in front of the canoe. We had a fun time chatting and paddling.

The Sunset Race is always a blast. Join us any time and paddle with friends!

Hogan Haake

 

Big Muddy Open House – 7/17/2019

I’m a big fan of Big Muddy Adventures and its proprietor, Mike Clark. Mike is an amazing asset to the St. Louis paddling community. He has been introducing people to our rivers for years and doing a great job at it. He has been successful enough, that they expanded their operations. He now has a storage shop and had an open house.

We enjoyed helping him celebrate the new facility and the growth in business. If you’re wanting to paddle in the St. Louis area and nervous about being on the water, there is nobody better to go with than Big Muddy Adventures!

Hogan Haake

 

128th Sunset Race – 7/11/2019

The second Thursday of the month, you’re going to find me on a river paddling. Generally the Meramec river. Tonight was no exception and I was bring a new paddler with me. I met Tonya at a doctor’s appointment. She was working and I struck up a conversation with her. Somehow, it came to paddling. It sounded like she had not had the opportunity to go in a long time and I invited her for the July sunset race. I think she gave up on me, because she was quite surprised when I called her about a week before to make sure she was still coming.

It took some serious encouragement, but I got her to come out to the river. She ended up bring her son (I think his name is Sam). The three of us piled in the canoe and took off for an adventure!

Melissa paddling away.

Melissa and Jojo paddling kayaks.

Sam and Tonya. Look closely and you can see the deer on the bank we’re pointed at.

Always making faces at Melissa.

Which is why she returned the favor!

There are the three of us enjoying a perfect evening together.

Tonya didn’t bring any shoes that could get wet. We were helping her stay dry as she got in the boat.

It brings me joy to spread my paddling opportunity with others!

If you’re reading this and you want to go out paddling, drop me a comment and we’ll see about working something out!

Hogan haake

Flood Paddle – 6/18/2019

Its always nice to have friends. In this instance, JoJo called and asked if I wanted to paddle part of the flooded Meramec river. I’m always up for that. I packed up and met them at a place I’ve never paddled before in south Saint Louis. Here are a few shots of our paddle.

The water was nearly over the roof of this shelter. Jason was up on a structure that holds the electrical transformer above the flooding they know will occasionally happen.

Hard to tell what is flooded vs. normal Meramec River.

The best part of this whole paddle was what I called the “water trail”. We paddled through a wooded area where a paved bicycle path is. The water was high, but still clear enough to look down and see it. What made it feel like a trail was the fact that we had a tree canopy over our heads and a clear path ahead. Very cool feeling. Then we found this sign and were able to pull it up out of the water for a photo before putting it back. Its about 5 feet over the trail here.

We just finished recovering this tire that we would dispose of later. There is also a traffic cone. Trying to make the world a better place!

Jason relaxing. We don’t paddle this boat much. Part of the reason is because the seats are not very comfortable. He is trying to find some relief.

JoJo was kind enough to grab my phone and get a shot of us.

I love the reflection of the under side of the bridge on the water.

If you’re curious where we went, here is a screen shot. The gray line going north to south is I-55 for reference.

Hogan Haake