Mom and Hannah in STL – 11/4/2017

Hannah likes the St.Louis Blues and wants to see them in person. So we got tickets so she could see a game in person. As an added bonus, my mom came in town with her. I wasn’t going to let mom miss a good time, so we had lots of parallel plans to keep us busy!

Hannah and Danelle

Left to Right: Danelle, Hannah, Laura Berlin

Danelle had some things to do, so we took a side trip to Grafton, IL twice. There was an event, something like Tugboat Days going on. So there was a river tug available for tours. We went up Saturday and found out the tickets had sold out.  Not one to let something that get me down, we took a minor tour of Pere Marquette State Park and the fantastic views it offered.

It was decided that we would go back early Sunday morning and see the tug before mom went home. So the next day, we took the ferry out to look at the tug.

And because it was Sunday, we all got the tour. Here are some photos of a tugboat.

Supplies

One of the twin 16 cylinder engines.

Mechanic’s workbench.

Twin generators always on for power.

A few spare parts.

From the pilot house looking back.

Looking from an upper deck down to the front

Wires used to tie the barges together.

Selfie of our group

The boat we’re about to tour

From the tour, it sounds like life as a deckhand is mostly about scraping paint and re-painting all day. Maybe I don’t want that job 🙂

Hogan Haake

Waterfall Deck – 9/17/2017

We contracted our neighbor Jonathan to come out to our property and build a deck. I’ve tried and failed to build stuff out there to date. This was our first visit out there to see his finished work. Jonathan pointed out that he would have performed more finishing work on the deck if we wanted. Additionally, he used our off square piers that were already poured. That didn’t help the final finish, but its perfect for us!

Danelle is spraying for weeds and poison ivy. Lots of leftover scrap lumber, but a successful project in our books. Money well spent!

Hogan Haake

Paddle Mo 2017

Usually Hogan is the one who takes epic voyages on the Missouri River.  This time, on September 23-27, 2017, I got to take our Kruger Cruiser on Paddle Mo – a 5 day, 100 mile journey from Hermann, Missouri, to the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.  I am on the board of the organization that runs the event, Stream Teams United, so I joined the trip to provide event support as a safety boat.

The Kruger is not a solo vessel, so I found a fellow Stream Teamer, Sarah, who was interested in being in this ‘safety boat’ with me.  As a safety boat, we were in radio contact with the shore team and the other safety boats.  We were there in case anyone needed us, but thankfully, our time on the water was incident free.  This means that we were able to chat with the other 90+ paddlers and enjoy the scenery that the Missouri River has to offer.

Bill and Jody of Earth’s Classroom were our trip leaders. They provided a wealth of river knowledge along the way.

The Junebug is one of the Voyager craft operated by Mike of Big Muddy Adventures.  Across the dock is River Relief’s safety/support boat.

Heading for the drinking water intake for St. Louis.

I’m not generally a selfie gal, but here you go…

Not all of our time was spent in our boats.  We stopped for lunches in local diners and feasted on boxed lunches full of locally-grown treats along gravel bars.  At the end of the day, we would walk or be shuttled to our campsite.  Dinners were more local cuisine, including a stop at the Montelle Winery for pizza and (surprise!) wine.  The vista over the river from their outdoor dining area reminded me of the seating at my other favorite Missouri winery, Les Bourgeois. I will be back!  I also have to mention the tasty meals provided by Seed, Sprout, Spoon – we had their food for three meals on this trip as well as another catered event and have been impressed!  With as much paddling as I did, I had hoped to lose a couple of pounds, but with all of the great food, I never had a chance!

Sarah, Bernie, and I enjoyed lunch with fellow paddlers at Driftwood in Washington, Mo.

If you have been thinking about paddling in the Missouri River, but are too intimidated to sign up for a race and too concerned to paddle alone, the Paddle Mo trip might be just what you are looking for!  There are many experienced paddlers and plenty of support crew.  The pace is more than just a float trip, but nothing like a race. I made several new friends on the trip and was able to reconnect with some folks I haven’t seen in years.  Thanks to all of the people who made this journey possible!!

Until you have a chance to go yourself, please enjoy a few more photos below.

Danelle Haake