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!
Corvin had a soccer game in Arnold in the morning and Danelle was out of town. So I decided to take the kids for a hike at nearby Strawberry Creek Nature Area before his game. The three of us set out and walked about 1/3 of the path in the park. I wanted to hike more, but we were pressed for time.
Its a place I want to return and hike again when I have more time!
Danelle had a booth at Earth Day this year. It was an advocacy booth to educate people on chloride.
Danelle spent time showing people bugs from a local creek and explaining how a small amount of road salt could compromise their lives. Then she offered a holiday ornament, a piece of paper, to remind people about their salt usage when they are most likely to use them.
Lucky for us, Danelle had some help with her booth and we had some time to walk around together. I found a sign perfect for Corvin…
The kids also got a kick out of painting a St. Louis Metro bus. They had a bus there with a paint by numbers scheme.
Danelle was also near our friend, Mike Clark, who was introducing people to his boat and business getting people out on the river.
We were going to the Cardinals game to see Sonora sing the national anthem with the Avery Spotlight Singers. Laura is now living downtown so we invited her to join us. We started by parking in her garage and checking out her new place.
Eventually, we went over to the stadium to see Sonora sing.
The kids sang great and I ignored the whole ball game to talk with friends, so it turned out to be a great outing!