The March Sunset race had some first time participants. Allan and Molly, friends of Danelle from school, came out to paddle. I brought a canoe and all of the other paddling equipment for them. Unfortunately for me, they were about 30 minutes late. So I stayed behind for the start of the race until they were available.
Eventually, they made it out and I got about half of my normal paddle in. We all went to the bar to enjoy the rest of the evening.
This is probably the last warm Sunset race of the year. As a special treat, Andy brought out his new Minnesota 2. He had T paddling with him who had not been in a canoe before. I videoed in case they flipped, but they made it look easy…
We’re starting to get regulars again! Andy Clones showed up for the race ready to go. T and Carrie are not far behind. And other than dealing with floating debris from the high water, it was a perfect float!
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.
The race was a two boat affair including Dan Prater in his Epic V7.
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.
We also came upon a strange green ground that we didn’t understand. So we photographed it to ask questions later.
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!