Friday, June 22, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Sunday, before heading to some friends' house for a late afternoon BBQ, we took a little walk around Valley Water Mill Park . It's a park with walking trails and fishing piers on one of Springfield's oldest reservoirs.
Springfield has an abundance of interesting parks. Valley Water Mill, Sequiota, Nathaniel Greene, The Japanese Stroll Garden, Rutledge-Wilson Farm, Ritter Spring, the Ozark Greenway Trails, Springfield Conservation Nature Center, etc. The list goes on and on. There's really no shortage of cool places to take a kid to learn about nature. It just takes getting off your couch and turning off the TV.
Saturday, my wife Abby and I took a day away from the kiddo to go sailing. We drove an hour northwest of Springfield to Stockton Lake.
Stockton Lake covers roughly 39 square miles and has almost 300 miles of shoreline. It's pretty much THE sailing lake in the state. When you visit any of the marinas, there is an overwhelming number of masts sticking up. In sharp contrast to many of the other lakes in the area that I've been on. During the few hours we bobbed about in the sun, we could see 15-20 other sailboats on the lake, the entire time. A very welcome sight.
Abby and I sailed out of Crabtree Cove Public Use Area. Probably not the best decision, since the wind was hitting us directly off the main lake channel. It took us some time to tack out to the middle, but it was fairly smooth going once we did. We experienced a few doldrum moments where the wind died altogether, but largely avoided paddling or sculling the canoe around.
The outrigger sailed better than expected with two aboard. Not quite as quick as solo, but still moved along nicely when the wind was up. It should do pretty well with myself and a couple of days worth of camping gear, later this summer.
On our way back to Springfield, we stopped at a small farm winery called 7 C's Winery, in Walnut Grove, Missouri. We did a tasting and bought a bottle of dry red. We plan to head back sometime soon, when they have live music. We're quite lucky to have little places like this in our area.
Friday, June 1, 2012
An update on the kayaks, my frame is completely coated in varnish and Brian's is skinned to a point. The skin has been stapled in place and the running stitches sewn in the ends, but the whip stitching will have to wait till Monday or Tuesday.
Brian is going with a darker, slightly brown tint and I'm going with whatever the varnish ends up giving me. Probably something akin to an opaque off-white or butter yellow.
Brian also finished up his seat back.