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

Paddling With Kids – 8/26/2016

I do lots of paddling, but I don’t often include my family. In fact, I think this might be the only time this year I’ve taken the kids out in the boats. Its hard to get them to agree on doing anything together. But Danelle needed to study, and that meant getting the three of us out of the house to minimize distractions.


I decided paddling Simpson Lake would be safest. I wouldn’t have to worry about a current if one of the kids didn’t want to paddle the whole time. We would go back on Grand Glaze Creek and then switch places. They were quite excited to start!

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We took our time heading across the lake and up the creek. Sonora was having a blast going solo in the kayak. She was gentle and graceful in the boat appearing to be in control the whole time.

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On the other side of the paddle, Corvin was fast and powerful, but looked out of control and close to tipping.


Corvin nearly tipping over again.


A potential storm brought us back quicker than any of us wanted. But all fun times must come to a close. The three of us had a great time and Danelle got lots of work done.

Hogan Haake