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.

The Amazon Event – 1/14/2017

The day finally arrived, The Amazon Event! We were here to see the film “Peeled Faces on the Amazon” by West Hansen. JoJo masterminded the event getting West Hansen and Jeff Wueste to come up from Texas to present their expedition.

My part of the story started earlier in the evening, picking up Laura to go with us to the event. She took us to her favorite fancy ice cream place on Grand.

And then we were off to JoJo’s Funky Warehouse to prepare for the movie. There was great concern about the turnout as there was an ice storm the day before. We put too much work into this event to re-schedule and the city did a fantastic job getting the streets safe. So our first impression was of the temporary door.

Once inside, we started setting up the event with the rest of the volunteers.

 

And of course, we had to get the custom beer set up and chilled!

Once the party started, about 120 people showed up for the event!

And of course, West presenting his masterpiece!

And we may have drank a few beers and played games!

It was a fantastic venue for a film and was enjoyed by all!

Hogan Haake

Cleaning the Funky Warehouse – 12/29/2016

The date is getting closer to the Amazon Event and there is still lots to do. Danelle made it out with me today to work on the Funky Warehouse. JoJo set each of us up with different jobs so we were all working all over the warehouse. As we completed our work, Andy wanted to know if we could go check out the basement. Eventually, a group of us were down there. We found three large signs that said “The Shoe”, “WARE”, and “HOUSE”.  We started cheering from the basement. Eventually it was decided we would take the time to bring the signs up from the basement.

With a  little cleanup, the signs cleaned up nicely and needed to be displayed!

It was decided that they should be put up high and safe out of the way. So we took down the wave and put the signs up high!

It didn’t take long to bring all of our tasks together and hang out!

Our teamwork made the job much easier!

Hogan Haake

Beer and Planning – 11/22/2016

On January 14,2017, JoJo is hosting a showing of “Peeled Faces on the Amazon” at her warehouse. In order to make this transition from warehouse to theater, many friends volunteered time to make it happen. This night, I showed up to make beer to be served at the event. While I was doing that, there was another meeting going over other parts of the plan.

It didn’t seem like I did that much tonight, but every little piece gets us closer to the goal!

Hogan Haake