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 – 5/3/2017

This is my third trip out in the flood.
4/30 Start
5/1 Middle
In this trip, I’m paddling with Danelle and JoJo about 1 foot down from the crest of the flood. The water level was approximately 42 feet at the Valley Park, MO gauge. We had a great time, but the water was coming down fast and there were areas in the flooded section that we avoided for safety.

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.

Strawberry Creek Hike – 4/23/2017

Corvin had a soccer game in Arnold in the morning and Danelle was out of town. So I decided to take the kids for a hike at nearby Strawberry Creek Nature Area before his game. The three of us set out and walked about 1/3 of the path in the park. I wanted to hike more, but we were pressed for time.

Its a place I want to return and hike again when I have more time!

Hogan Haake

New Wiper Motor – 4/22/2017

The wipers on my S-10 truck quit working. I used a multi-meter to identify that there was still power going to the unit. I purchased a replacement unit and realized I had to take the truck further apart than I initially wanted. In the process, I lost track of where the parts were when I started.

With it all back together, I turned the wipers back on. Needless to say, it didn’t work the first try, see them in action.

I’m glad its done and the wipers work again!

Hogan