We spent time catching up with each other sitting around a campfire late into the night before heading to bed. We also loaded gear and boats onto Cory's trailer. A few of us camped behind the house and a couple crashed in the spare bedrooms. When we got up in the morning, the temp was around 40 degrees. After some coffee, we headed to Myron Grove (the take-out) to drop off Matt;s truck (with Roger's trailer).
We then proceeded to Gavin's Point Dam. Most of the group for the day would be meeting at Riverside Park in Yankton, but our crew (Matt, Willard, Roger, Kati, and I) wanted a few extra miles. Cory dropped us off and Kati met us at the boat ramp near the entrance to the White Crane campground. There was not room for everyone in Cory's truck. Cory then headed back to Yankton to meet up with Jarett and Mark to shuttle trailers/trucks to Myron Grove.
|Preparing to launch from Gavin's Point Dam (Photo courtesy of Roger Debates).|
|Riverside Park in Yankton (Photo courtesy of Roger Debates).|
|45+ paddlers prepare to depart Riverside Park in Yankton.|
We made it to Riverside Park before Mark, Jarett, and Cory were back from shuttling. Lisa Yager (NPS) and Tim Cowman (Missouri River Institute) were running the show when we arrived. There were about 40+ boats waiting around, mostly from DJ's rental service.
|Matt Story (foreground) and Mark Henderson (background)|
|L to R: Kati Albers, Cory Diedrich, and Willard Story.|
|Up close and personal with Cory Diedrich :-)|
|Mark Henderson and his shiny new (to him) boat.|
|Our fearless leader, Jarett Bies.|
|Roger Debates (Photo courtesy of Steven Dahlmeirer).|
|L to R: Ryan Snuggerud, Cory Diedrich, Patrick Wellner (Photo courtesy of Steven Dahlmeirer).|
|Foreground (L to R): Cory Diedrich and Matt Story. (Photo courtesy of Steven Dahlmeirer).|
Afterwards, Matt, Ryan, and I hit up Buffalo Wild Wings for a late lunch or early supper before I hit the road back to Pierre.
Overall, it was a great weekend spent with great friends.