Paddle With Bernie – 5/7/2017

I asked Bernie in passing if I could borrow his 4 person aluminum boat for the South Dakota Kayak Challenge. He surprised me by saying yes. So I was going to pick up the boat from him with a test float. He agreed to go out with myself and my kids for the test paddle. Of course, we went to the flooded area in Valley Park from the Meramec river.

A selfie from the front. Somehow, Sonora managed to hide.

The river is still up a ton, blocking the road.

Guess this means people wading across the street?

This is a 2 story structure. I didn’t realize it till the waters receded and I saw the rest of the damage.

Since the flooding started, I’ve been wanting to paddle to Simpson Lake and see what it looked like!

Look, the roof of a picnic shelter.

Paddling under the picnic structure. Could have changed a light bulb in the middle without getting out of my canoe seat!

I just missed a perfect photo with the reflection of this tree on the calm water.

In case he forgets his name Bernie wrote it on the back on his PFD.

Looking straight down Marshal Road in Valley Park.

This sign is slightly ironic.

The aluminum battleship on top of my van. I wanted for help before getting it down!

Hogan Haake

Mandy’s Wedding – 4/26/2017

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!

Hogan Haake