Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Weekend Paddling

It was off the meet some friends at Meramec State Park for a brief Memorial Day Weekend camping trip.

Being a holiday weekend the campground was, of course, full.  Thankfully our friends were able to get there early and secure us some spots that had not been reserved.

A nice fire, good food, and great company kept us busy Friday evening.  It was bit cooler that night than expected, but Zack and Debbie both reported being warm all night.

We were iffy on when to paddle Saturday due to the possibility of rain in the forecast.  With the water high and a quick look at the radar (rain was way north) we headed out.

About an hour in we started hearing some rumblings of thunder and the sky darkened to our west.  When it started to sprinkle I pulled out the rain gear.  Shortly thereafter it started coming down in buckets.  We pulled off with some other folks and attempted to use the boats as shelter. 

Years ago we had to do the same while paddling on the Jacks Fork.  It was Debbie's first canoe trip and we tied a rope between two trees to support the canoes while eight of us huddled under them.

This time Tony and I stayed out in the rain and held the boats and some plastic in place.  We ended up moving everyone over to a large fallen tree to prop up the boats, but it quit raining shortly after.

Photo: Gimme shelter.

We rearranged everything and headed out after the rain, but hit another shower shortly before our takeout.  All in all everyone did very well in the cool and wet weather...at least much better than I would have thought.

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