Sunset Race – 6/14/2018

How do you know when something is important to you? When you do whatever it takes to participate. For this Sunset Race, I started out in Port Lavaca, Texas. I  woke up at 3:30 am in a hotel room after the Texas Water Safari. I thought I would start driving the day before, but I was wiped out!!! So I got up early, fired up Google Maps and started driving. Its just over 900 miles for this drive. I drove as far as I dared until I got tired, then pulled my van over and slept on the side of the road till I woke up. It helped that I shut off the van, so it got warm fast. With about 5 of these cat naps along the way, I arrived around 8:30 pm in time for the half way point of the race.

At one point near home, the wind and rain were so bad, I pulled over cause I wasn’t sure if the boat would stay on top of my van. Or the top of my van for that matter. Eventually I made it to have some beer with friends before going home and crashing for the night. While it can be done, I don’t recommend it!

I can’t say I was sad that I didn’t paddle this one!

Hogan Haake

110th Sunset Race – 1/11/2018

January and February Sunset races seem the hardest to get people to show up to. This month we had repeat new people, Ken and Mark, to paddle with us. Mark is fairly new to paddling and we needed to share some warm weather gear with him, but its fun to have new paddlers!

Hogan Haake

109th Sunset Race – 12/14/2017

We had our December Sunset race, I was well prepared for the cold.

We had a fair number of paddlers show up which is amazing when its quite cold out. I ended up sharing a pair of gloves with Mark so he could feel his hands. Good thing my hands are not a sensitive to the cold!

Hogan Haake

October Sunset Race – 10/12/2017

Likely to be the last warm Sunset Race of the year, I made sure to get out there early and get a short unicycle ride in with the sunshine!

When I got back from my ride, I was in time to see JoJo getting her boat down from on top of her van. A feat that most need to see to believe!

What you can’t see in the photo are the steps in the side of the van she used to get up there. Either way, its a long way up for transporting a boat!

Hogan Haake

June Sunset Race #103 – 6/8/2017

The June Sunset race was planned to go downstream from our normal starting place and paddle to a marina where we would get beer and then paddle back. Apparently paddlers like beer, because this was our largest turnout ever! I’m super happy people came out to paddle with us. Remember that we paddle year round and always get beer after we paddle!

Hogan Haake