April 13, 2010
But here we are at last and after a solid evening meal, we begin planning the Bird Olympics agenda. Teams are selected: 5 teams of 5 people each (one team has 6). Today we (Patti, Jim, Matt and I) built model paper boats to test the feasibility of our main event. Only took us 4 hours to build the paper boats! That seemed like enough labor that day so actual cardboard boat building will commence tomorrow. Make note of the aggressive stance of the guy in my boat.
Patti and I previewed the river in her paddleboat, laying out the projected course. We took time afterward to identify the WATERSNAKE hiding under the paddleboat as harmless. Matt, Patti and I walked down and examined the damsite where repairs look very doable and should raise the river level nicely.
It’s raining softly today in Leakey, off and on, and the temperature is in the 60s so working in the river is not that interesting. Not to worry as Jim and Patti’s place is like a camp-always another activity waiting. Like working on Patti’s 1932 Ford Model B pickup truck she restored. That truck was the vehicle each of us siblings was allowed to use for transportation during our senior high school year. It was a great boy attractor. Right now she has battery issues and we can’t run it but maybe later we can get it out at least for pictures.
Tomorrow- actual construction of a full size cardboard boat….