Paddling with Sonora – 4/21/2016

I wanted to go canoeing and I needed a partner. I couldn’t think of anybody better to take with me that my lovely daughter, Sonora. When I asked her, she jumped up excitedly and was ready to go. I instructed her on the things I wanted her to wear and the spare clothes to bring along and went to changing myself.

We went out to the garage and packed our gear together into the van. Then she helped me load the boat on top of the van. The ride was fun all the way to the river. Once we got there, we efficiently unloaded the boat and set upon the water. We paddled upstream for about a mile, stopping along the shore when we had safe access to gather trash. At our highest point upstream, we stopped to pull 3 tires out of the river bank.

Sonora kept the boat on the shore while I stepped out to gather the tires. I sunk knee deep several times in the mud during the process. Ultimately the boat was a bit overloaded for our easy trip downriver back to the start.

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Here we are at the finish with our prize. I rolled each tire to the top of the ramp and worked with the county parks police to get them picked up later and disposed of. It was a perfect evening with Sonora using our newest boat we won from a Stream Team raffle.

Here is me pushing the tires away from the river and up the ramp.

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Most importantly, the boat earned a name on the way home. With it on top of the van, it continued to drop mud on the van. As it came on the windshield, I told Sonora it looked like her favorite Pokemon,  Squirtle (cause it sounds gross). After she stopped laughing, we agreed on the name!

Hogan Haake

Paddling Marshal Road – 6/20/2015

I promise, this is the last of my insanely frequent visits to the Meramec River in Valley Park. I took the kids earlier in the day to see it and I just wanted to paddle it myself. So I went out to the river with my kayak!

Looking into the golf course.

Looking into the golf course.

Kayak prison!

Kayak prison!

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Paddling back in the football area.

Paddling back in the football area.

An island of land near Greentree park where I normally start my trips from.

An island of land near Greentree park where I normally start my trips from.

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Yep, road is flooded. Good thing there were signs!

Yep, road is flooded. Good thing there were signs!

Met Dave. http://www.stlouisdave.com/

Met Dave. http://www.stlouisdave.com/

Red area is the main flooded area I paddled.

Red area is the main flooded area I paddled.

Hogan Haake

Kids In The River – 6/20/2015

I’m obsessed with the Meramec flooding! Today I drug the whole family back out to the river to see where it was at. The kids had been out of town and didn’t get to see our two visits earlier in the week.

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This must be foreshadowing…

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So Corvin and I walked farther down the road to see the mess.

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Tons of worms died on the road.

 

Just see the stripes of the road in the water.

Just see the stripes of the road in the water.

Corvin stepped on a fish and didn’t want to go any farther…

Panoramic of the flood.

Panoramic of the flood.

Hogan Haake

Date Night – 6/19/2015

This was our last night without the kids. We decided to go out on a date together. I wanted to go out to the St. Charles area for dinner. For a change of scenery and to see the Missouri River Flooding. Danelle didn’t want to go there due to traffic. So we ended up going out to check out the Meramec flooding again. Eventually we drove around till we ended up back home grabbing take out and watching a movie together. The photos below are of the Meramec flooding in Valley Park.

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We could watch this spot and see the water coming into the road flooding it deeper!

We could watch this spot and see the water coming into the road flooding it deeper!

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Training on the Meramec – 5/2/2015

Danelle and I are participating in the South Dakota Kayak Challenge at the end of the month.Its a 72 mile race and this is our first real training run. The plan was that I would do the Mud Run in the morning, come home and get ready, then drop the kids off at Grandma’s house and paddle. I finished the Mud run and came home. We loaded up the boat and the kids and went out as planned.

Danelle and I got the boat on the river and set off downriver to the Meramec Marina for dinner and beer.

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It was very shallow to get in and out of the marina, but the beer and pizza were worth it. Once out, we started paddling harder to ensure we got some miles in.

In the end, we figured out what worked for us and knew that we could work together to accomplish the distance we need for our race. We got in 11.3 miles and I was completely beat after the day’s activities!

Hogan Haake