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

Meramec Flood – 4/30/2017

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.

Paddling Marshal Road – 6/20/2015

I promise, this is the last of my insanely frequent visits to the Meramec River in Valley Park. I took the kids earlier in the day to see it and I just wanted to paddle it myself. So I went out to the river with my kayak!

Looking into the golf course.

Looking into the golf course.

Kayak prison!

Kayak prison!

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Paddling back in the football area.

Paddling back in the football area.

An island of land near Greentree park where I normally start my trips from.

An island of land near Greentree park where I normally start my trips from.

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Yep, road is flooded. Good thing there were signs!

Yep, road is flooded. Good thing there were signs!

Met Dave. http://www.stlouisdave.com/

Met Dave. http://www.stlouisdave.com/

Red area is the main flooded area I paddled.

Red area is the main flooded area I paddled.

Hogan Haake

Date Night – 6/19/2015

This was our last night without the kids. We decided to go out on a date together. I wanted to go out to the St. Charles area for dinner. For a change of scenery and to see the Missouri River Flooding. Danelle didn’t want to go there due to traffic. So we ended up going out to check out the Meramec flooding again. Eventually we drove around till we ended up back home grabbing take out and watching a movie together. The photos below are of the Meramec flooding in Valley Park.

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We could watch this spot and see the water coming into the road flooding it deeper!

We could watch this spot and see the water coming into the road flooding it deeper!

Hogan Haake