We’ve officially signed up for the South Dakota Kayak Challenge. The team is Andy Clones, Terica Bergin, Danelle and Hogan Haake. We’re borrowing a 4 person aluminum boat from Bernie Arnold and this is our first training run. The plan is to paddle after work from Weldon Springs to Blanchette Landing in St. Charles. We’re fortunate that Terica’s mom, Sharon is providing the shuttle before the paddle starts.
I had heard that Weldon was a bit flooded, but ignored it figuring that it would all work out. The road stopped into water just after the Katy Trail parking. That left us a lot of flooded fields to cross to get to the water. It was decided by the team but pushed by me that we had a boat and could easily get to the river. So we decided to go for it. Sharon would wait 30 minutes in case we changed our minds.
There should be a road here to get to the boat ramp.
Terica is a bit camera shy!
Still camera shy, but I’m working on her 🙂
Getting to the river was a mix of paddling and navigation. Then the flooding ended and a bit of a portage…
Last minute gear check.
And carrying a 150 pound boat on a road.
Will the madness ever end?
Eventually, we got to the river and paddled all the way back without issue. A successful training run with no serious issues. This proved the race was going to be possible and fun!
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.
There is nothing better than starting the new year off cleaning. Okay, maybe lots of things, but this year we were helping JoJo out. The floor of the warehouse needed cleaning badly and we were smart enough to volunteer. So after showing up, we messed around a bit while we got our act together.
Andy measuring and texting the size of the I-beam for a custom projector mount.
Once the work started, we used a hose on full power to spray water on the floor. Two people with brooms to mix the dirt and water together and two people with shop vacs to get the water out. It was hard work that didn’t lend any time towards taking photos of the actual work. Each bucket of water that was dumped came out a soupy grey color. None of us would have eaten off of the floor when we were done. But the warehouse was much cleaner when we were done!
The date is getting closer to the Amazon Event and there is still lots to do. Danelle made it out with me today to work on the Funky Warehouse. JoJo set each of us up with different jobs so we were all working all over the warehouse. As we completed our work, Andy wanted to know if we could go check out the basement. Eventually, a group of us were down there. We found three large signs that said “The Shoe”, “WARE”, and “HOUSE”. We started cheering from the basement. Eventually it was decided we would take the time to bring the signs up from the basement.
With a little cleanup, the signs cleaned up nicely and needed to be displayed!
It was decided that they should be put up high and safe out of the way. So we took down the wave and put the signs up high!
It didn’t take long to bring all of our tasks together and hang out!
Our teamwork made the job much easier!
This is probably the last warm Sunset race of the year. As a special treat, Andy brought out his new Minnesota 2. He had Terica paddling with him who had not been in a canoe before. I videoed in case they flipped, but they made it look easy…