Sunset Race – 11/11/2023

Another amazing Sunset Race is in the books.We had warm weather that made it easy to paddle. You’re looking at a very bright moon and Blake paddling. Looking at the back of the boat, I’m trying to keep us straight. What a perfect way to spend the evening. Come visit us on the second Thursday … Continue reading “Sunset Race – 11/11/2023”

Sunset Race – 9/9/2022

I received a message from some paddling friends, Scott and Dot about paddling the Sunset Race. They had never participated before and were interested. They asked if I would bring out the Beast (our 4 person Grumman Canoe) and of course I said yes. By the time they arrived, I had already unloaded and prepared … Continue reading “Sunset Race – 9/9/2022”

Sunset Race 165 – 8/12/2022

Today was our 165th Sunset Race. We had a decent turn out of people and phenomenal turnout for the weather! I had my phone out and got some great shots of my fellow paddlers. JoJo in the front of my canoe. A selfie in the back of the canoe with Eric in his solo canoe. … Continue reading “Sunset Race 165 – 8/12/2022”

Dalbow Loop – 8/7/2022

I paddle through the summer at Creve Coeur Lake on a Tuesday night 5K paddle race. The group is very friendly and active paddling around the St. Louis Missouri area. Today they wanted to paddle on a back channel of the Mississippi River. Its about an hour drive from my home and it was somewhere … Continue reading “Dalbow Loop – 8/7/2022”

First Time On The Missouri – 7/30/2022

I mentioned a few posts ago that I paddled with my friend Jeff Hug. Jeff had never paddled out on the Missouri River before. He wanted his first time to be with somebody he trusted that also had experience. On that last paddle, we planned this one to get him out on the river. We … Continue reading “First Time On The Missouri – 7/30/2022”

Paddle With Jeff – 7/19/2022

I worked for several years with Jeff Hug. He left in 2019 and I’ve been deeply saddened since. But when you like somebody’s company, you stay in touch. Jeff and I caught up at Creve Coeur Lake today. I race there most Tuesdays in the summer and he lives nearby. So Jeff came out to … Continue reading “Paddle With Jeff – 7/19/2022”

MR340 – 7/12/2022

The annual Missouri River 340 (MR340) race has been something that our family has participated in seven times since 2008. Its a 340 mile canoe and kayak race from Kansas City to Saint Louis on the Missouri river. Its a non-stop race meaning that there are no mandatory stops, just a few checkpoints for safety. … Continue reading “MR340 – 7/12/2022”

Webster Groves 4th of July Parade – 7/4/2022

This July 4th, the Haake family returned to the Webster Groves Community Days parade to support another cause. In 2010, we had a rain barrel float with the River des Peres Watershed Coalition. In 2019, we joined the WG Sustainability Commission, promoting green living in our community – and showing off the unicycles. This year, … Continue reading “Webster Groves 4th of July Parade – 7/4/2022”

Paddle Training – 6/26/2022

Today is the last paddle training before Danelle and Sonora’s MR340 race. They got a nice easy run from Weldon Springs back to Blanchette. This is about 20 miles. The wind played tricks on them making them earn each of the miles that they paddled. Still a great day to be on the water! Now … Continue reading “Paddle Training – 6/26/2022”

Paddle and Unicycle Training – 6/19/2022

The girls had another paddle scheduled to train for the MR340. We arranged to pick up Denise and shuttle her. This was a bonus to help out a friend and some safety for Danelle and Sonora. Having other people on the water is great for safety. After meeting at Blanchette Landing, the take out, we … Continue reading “Paddle and Unicycle Training – 6/19/2022”