April Sunset Race – 4/16/2016

I’m a bad man. It was time for the Sunset Race and I decided to take our new boat out. Danelle won the boat in a raffle, but has never paddled it. The boat was sitting out in the yard and seemed as easy as any to pack up and take out. IMG_20160414_183502

The race was a two boat affair including Dan Prater in his Epic V7.

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It didn’t take Dan long to pull away from us in his fast boat. So we continued upstream in a slow and steady pace. Hugging the shore to maximize our effort, we came across a drainage thing that was full of wood. I reached in and pulled a few pieces out before Jo suggested there could be an animal in there waiting to get out. It was comical how quickly I pulled away and abandoned trying to help. IMG_20160414_191822

We also came upon a strange green ground that we didn’t understand. So we photographed it to ask questions later.

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Danelle let us know it was for reseeding the area in an attempt to prevent erosion. Overall a great paddle and we enjoyed it getting warmer outside!

Hogan Haake

Sunset Race – 2/11/2016

A perfect day for a February float on the Meramec with our monthly Sunset Race. JoJo was coming with me and there was just a touch of snow on the ground. Ok, and maybe it was very cold outside!

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Of course you need fuel to stay warm, and I found the perfect thing. A bag of donuts with maple syrup, perfect for us!!!

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On review, both Jo and I liked them, hopefully we’ll be able to find them in the future for races!

The river was perfect and the water was clear for a great paddle! IMG_20160211_172746 IMG_20160211_172757

Hogan Haake