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A Canoe Trip down the Huzzah with the LSX Bunch

It's become an annual tradition for the staff of the St. Louis National Weather Service Office to take a canoe trip.  They usually try to schedule these events during severe weather outbreaks, but this year was the exception.  We had a beautiful day for this adventure, there was plenty of food, drinks and great fellowship.  I guess I should consider myself lucky to be included on these outings.

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The annual gathering of the river rats! A total of 10 people managed to shirk their usual home and office duties and goofed off on one of Missouri's fine rivers. This picture was taken after we completed the float.
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We're loading the canoes with beer, some food, extra clothing, and yeah... more beer.
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Jim realized that he had left his "Hello Kitty" water wings in the car.
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Less than a quarter mile down the river, and these guys are already taking their first break. Spinning around helplessly on a rubber raft makes a man thirsty.
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A game of water football!
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While the youngsters are frolicking in the water, Steve and Wes are talking NWS policy.
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Ben 2 was never without a beer!
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Wes wants a filet done medium rare. Jim and Stephen are trying to explain the facts of life to him: "Dude! It's just burgers and dogs. What's it going to be?"
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Wes is still skeptical about the limited menu selection. A crowd is starting to gather.
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Hey! I'm not gonna wind up on that web site of yours, am I?
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Fred is about to hurl a 300 pound log up the river.
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It was sheer luck that brought this group around the river bend safely. Record flooding left parts of the river choked with fallen trees and there was quite a bit of erosion along some of the river banks.