That all said I look forward to this time of year now due to some great events that are happening to get us through Stick season. The Lester River Kayak Race and Homegrown Music Festival.
We talk a lot around town about how much Duluth has changed and these two events are perfect examples of that.
The Lester River Race has grown in popularity, not in participants but in spectators. What a great way to see the city, to see the natural beauty that abounds here and also to realize the world class adventure offerings we have as a CITY. Crazy to say, but dang, we hold a Class V Whitewater Kayak race in our City Park!
|Friends watching friends beat themselves senseless!|
|Next drop please!|
That said I pushed into the "Naked Man" drop and because of that had less folks in my shots. I was also lucky to get there early while many folks were taking their practice runs and because of that had many good shots with no spectators at all.
|Steelhead are big this year!|
The thing I love most about watching kayaking is that I paddle enough to understand what the kayakers are dealing with and that makes it all the more impressive. I am also super stoked to see how well organized and dialed Ryan Z and his crew are at Safety. The safety crews were so on it. Throw bags were ready, folks were constantly watching and every angle was covered.
|Z-Man dealing with the Paparazzi|
|Bent Paddle here we come|
|All Hale the Hempen Ale!|
|1 of 130+ bands in D-town this week|
|Standing room only|
|The MAN and the Chicken|