Bad Haircuts – 5/21/2017

I let myself get talked into a bad haircut again. I didn’t loose a bet, I just wanted a colored mohawk to celebrate summer and the upcoming South Dakota Kayak Challenge. It started off with Sonora pretending to be a cat, and then a turtle…

We tried adding hair to Corvin’s chest to make a man out of him 🙂

Corvin decided to get his hair cut first. He eagerly took his shirt off and received a chopping from Danelle.

Eventually, it was my turn and Danelle decided to have fun with me. We went through several bad styles before landing on the last bad one.

An attempt at a traditional bowl cut.

The final bad cut…

Styled it was a bit better.

 

Eventually we got some color and it looked better…

Somehow we missed the family shot of the 4 of us with colored hair this time. Maybe next time I”ll pay for the bad haircut and then dye it myself!

Hogan Haake

Weldon Springs Training – 5/18/2017

We’ve officially signed up for the South Dakota Kayak Challenge. The team is Andy Clones, Terica Bergin, Danelle and Hogan Haake. We’re borrowing a 4 person aluminum boat from Bernie Arnold and this is our first training run. The plan is to paddle after work from Weldon Springs to Blanchette Landing in St. Charles. We’re fortunate that Terica’s mom, Sharon is providing the shuttle before the paddle starts.

I had heard that Weldon was a bit flooded, but ignored it figuring that it would all work out. The road stopped into water just after the Katy Trail parking. That left us a lot of flooded fields to cross to get to the water. It was decided by the team but pushed by me that we had a boat and could easily get to the river. So we decided to go for it. Sharon would wait 30 minutes in case we changed our minds.

There should be a road here to get to the boat ramp.

Terica is a bit camera shy!

Still camera shy, but I’m working on her 🙂

Getting to the river was a mix of paddling and navigation. Then the flooding ended and a bit of a portage…

Last minute gear check.

And carrying a 150 pound boat on a road.

Will the madness ever end?

Eventually, we got to the river and paddled all the way back without issue.  A successful training run with no serious issues. This proved the race was going to be possible and fun!

Hogan Haake

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