In early May, we hosted a gathering of the grad students and post docs working in the lab with Danelle. We started out on the porch, but as for all good parties, the action soon moved to the kitchen. We had a few good rounds of Jenga, taking it to the point that there were very few moves left. Becca finally collapsed the tower.
We all enjoyed the loads of food and drinks, some brought that evening, but many that were leftovers from the Avery Play cast party.
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!
Danelle had a booth at Earth Day this year. It was an advocacy booth to educate people on chloride.
Danelle spent time showing people bugs from a local creek and explaining how a small amount of road salt could compromise their lives. Then she offered a holiday ornament, a piece of paper, to remind people about their salt usage when they are most likely to use them.
Lucky for us, Danelle had some help with her booth and we had some time to walk around together. I found a sign perfect for Corvin…
The kids also got a kick out of painting a St. Louis Metro bus. They had a bus there with a paint by numbers scheme.
Danelle was also near our friend, Mike Clark, who was introducing people to his boat and business getting people out on the river.