May 9, 2019
This was our first Sunset Race that almost didn’t happen that wasn’t our choice. We’ve voluntarily skipped when there was too much ice or thunderstorms. But this one was blocked due to flooding.
Jason, JoJo and Melissa looking it over. We walked a ways past the road closed to get to this area.
I checked the hydrant, it was off.
The mud is a bit nuts here!
Eventually, Melissa, JoJo, and I got my aluminum down a hill and in the water to paddle. All was not lost!
Corvin and I went for an afternoon unicycle ride. We ended up riding by a neighborhood pump track. We both tried and failed pretty good! There was video, but we got psyched out before really doing anything.
After the pump track, the rest of the ride was pretty laid back.
Corvin looks like he’s coming from a school meeting.
I did try a new mount and ended up getting scraped up, but I’ll be fine!
I purchased tickets from CineConcerts to see the St. Louis Symphony play “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”. The jest of this is that the movie is played on a large screen while the orchestra plays the musical score of the movie live in front of us. We also took Danelle’s parents with us.
The start of the concert was a bit disappointing. About 15 minutes before the movie started, a preview with behind the scenes footage of the movies started playing. People in the audience didn’t get quiet, causing us to miss nearly all the sound.
It was fascinating hearing the orchestra play the score during the movie. There were two drawbacks to the performance. First is the wooden floor of Powell Hall creaked during the whole performance. Second was that after intermission, people just started fidgeting and making lots of noise. Were we at home, I would just stop the movie till the kids settled down.
This movie series is really cool to see and I recommend seeing it at least once!
Our normal monthly paddle on the Meramec river. Some photos of our fun.
Andy Clones playing Humpty Dumpty. This time he didn’t fall or break, but he also didn’t have time to paddle. Still awesome that he came out to see us!
Bernie Arnold brought me a boat to borrow. We paddled for a bit, but he didn’t have time for the official Sunset Race.
Jo Jo in her race boat with Jason behind her. Can’t remember the orange dude, but very cool guy.
I’m in the foreground with Mark in the boat and my wife Danelle getting ready to join us. A real treat for all of us!
Jay Doty in a skin on frame his son made. That boat is fast and lightweight!
We’re training for the South Dakota Kayak Challenge and taking Megan Pagliaro who we talked into the race. Megan is new to paddling and racing, but we knew that she was going to be good company. To the mission today was to get her out on the water and get her more comfortable with the boat.
Danelle and I have the two boats ready for the trip. Now we wait.
There is Megan in the front of the boat. It may not look like she is doing much, but this turned out to be fantastic. During the SDKC race, she took lots of photos that we all enjoy looking at 🙂 OK, and she does paddle fine as well.
Here I am in the 10 foot plastic follow boat. Always happy to be on the water.
Once they get moving, its hard to keep up.
And if you’re still reading and really bored, here is a video of the paddle at high speed!