Sunday, April 17, 2011

what a man, what a man.

Sam and our friend Andrew raced in the Kenduskeag Canoe Race on Saturday, a race that is a very big deal around these parts.  It's a rite of passage into the warmer weather, but also an event that brings thousands of people out to the river banks, especially at this spot, 6-mile falls which the paddlers hit at the tenth mile of the race.  It's hard to tell from this picture how much energy there was in this part of the river.   The crowds cheer for every boat that comes through and collectively yell "ohhhhhh" at every boat that tips over.  The little bit of white water you can see in the right of the photo is the bottom of the drop that capsized many canoes while we watched, and I'd say in the 20 minutes we were there we saw 15 boats get dumped.   The kayakers you see in the water are there to rescue the boats that flip. It was quite a scene, and very fun to watch.  The kids were way into watching out for daddy.

Sam and Andrew cruised through with no trouble, but I didn't get any photos until they were past because I was too busy saying:  "is that them?  is that them?"

After this point, we kept chasing them, and drove to another point where they would have a short portage.  I gained a new perspective on what it's like to watch a race, and how much work it is to wrangle kids and make it to the next point before your racer goes by.

I wasn't sure we made it on time, but after a few minutes, they showed up!   Hello, boys!

Here Skyler and Reed tried to keep up with the canoe. I love how light Reedo looks on his feet in this photo, and how very pink his hat is.

And back in the water they go. After this point, we got back in the car to drive to the end of the race.  While I was driving, I started singing the song:  "What a man, what a man, what a man, what a mighty good man!"  Skyler said:  "Who are you singing about?" And not until that moment did I realize that watching Sam haul a canoe out of the water had put that song into my head.  I've been singing it to Sam ever since.

At the end in downtown Bangor, we found Sam and Andrew tired, happy, and cold. 
Great Success!  Here's to next year!


Jodi said...

What a great day - love the photos!! A fabulous way to bring in Spring!!!

Brooke said...

That is so awesome!!! I'm moving to ME pronto! Okay, well at least New England.

Emilie said...

Brooke, I thought of you a whole bunch.. there were tons of kayakers. You should come do it next year!

Lisa said...

Very cool! Nice one, bro. I'll join you in song, Em.

Michelle said...

Is there anything he can't do? What an athlete!!

Eileen said...

Love this post! The pictures are great, and the earthy, rough race with the kids scampering all around is just what I picture Maine to be like.