Kimmswick Sand Bagging – 6/27/2015

The town of Kimmswick, Missouri is a river town south of St. Louis on the Mississippi river. We went down there once to have lunch with the browns at the Blue Owl restaurant. The kids remember going there and are quite fond of it. We heard on the news that the flooding of the Mississippi river was putting the town in danger of flooding. They put out a call for volunteers to help sand bag. We’ve never sand bagged before but thought it would be a great way to help out in our extended community!

Red box represents a portion of the Mississippi river flooding.

Red box represents a portion of the Mississippi river flooding.

The map above shows a red box where the flooding is threatening the town. We’re sandbagging on Front street near the “R” of Restaurant.

When we pulled up, we didn’t quite know where to go. So we started walking towards the large dump truck emptying sand. The kids enjoyed watching it dump its load of sand!

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With the sand dumped, we walked on further to where we saw people bagging. After a bit, somebody explained what to do. It didn’t feel very organized, so we had to just step in and start. Danelle, Sonora, and Corvin spent their time filling up bags.

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I spent my time tying the bags shut and piling them up. I switched between two different groups as I was able to tie them shut faster than they could fill them. IMG_20150627_093346

Of course, I wasn’t just being serious, I had a bit of fun too!

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After a solid 2 plus hours, we were tired! We went over to where they were providing lunch for volunteers and enjoyed some nice food. Then we went back to see our good work before going home to relax.

Our orange bags go behind this wall to reinforce it.

Our orange bags go behind this wall to reinforce it.

This bridge is normally 20 feet or more above the river.

This bridge is normally 20 feet or more above the river.

Seeing the wall from the water side.

Seeing the wall from the water side.

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Kimmiswick – 2/16/2013

I love the big rivers around St. Louis. I spend a lot of time thinking about how I can travel them. A trip I have been thinking about for a while now is a float down the Mississippi to Kimmswick, MO. The map below is a screen capture from maps.google.com with driving directions from St. Louis to Kimmswick.

With a float trip in mind, I just needed an excuse to drive down there and look for river access. On this particular Saturday, it was cold and we had a scheduling issue. We got the wrong time for Corvin’s basketball game and showed up as the game was over. We were all frustrated with the situation and didn’t want to go home and stew over the mistake. I took the initiative and suggested we drive to Kimmswick to check it out. Further more, I suggested we wait until we got down there to get lunch instead of going to one of the same old hangouts.

As we drove down, I was in a bit of a hurry because the grunts of hunger were getting louder and more often. Getting off the highway, there seemed to be only one place to eat, The Blue Owl. The kids weren’t so sure about the restaurant, but we went in and sat down anyway. The food was amazing and the regular apple pie large enough to feed a family.

After lunch, we took a cold walk around the town square looking at the different shops. They are mostly what I would call “junk” shops.

Ultimately, I didn’t find any way to access the river from the city and give up. Looking now, there is Hoppie’s Marina that we were very close too, but didn’t realize at the time.

After browsing all the stores, we ended up at Flamm City access on the Meramec river. The kids had a blast exploring and throwing rocks in the river.  Overall, it was a perfect day to be together as a family and explore our surroundings!

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