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Monday, March 19, 2012

The Real March Madness

Forget basketball. I discovered the real meaning of March Madness.

This weekend we attended the Missouri Whitewater Championships held on the St. Francis River, just outside Fredericktown, Missouri. The river was high and fast...perfect for kayakers, and pretty normal conditions for springtime.

But this wasn't a typical spring day. In shorts and T-shirts, we sipped cool drinks while sweat dripped down our faces. Indy, our camping canine, felt conditions warranted a fan. He got his wish. Who'd have thought it? There have now been about 10 consecutive days of 80+ degree weather. For March in Missouri, this is unheard of! True March Madness.

Can you crank the fan up a little, please??

However, events went on as scheduled. Racer after racer navigated swift waters.

Indy had a great time critiquing techniques.

He missed a gate. Disqualified! Disqualified!

A great weekend, but a strange one. Apparently the jet stream is to blame for our temperatures. It's running high above normal, bringing the Midwest unseasonably warm weather. Meanwhile, flowers and trees are blooming. Grass (or in our case weeds) grows a little taller each day.

How long will it last? No one knows for sure. We've either skipped spring altogether, or will pay dearly when the early blooming season comes to a frosty end.

How about you? Anyone else experiencing March Madness?


Helen P. said...

We were enjoying seventy degree weather for a few days, but it is now back down to the forties :( Hoping to get the nice weather back soon!

Did Indy get to go in a kayak??

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

I am glad that somebuddy else is worried about this WARM weather. My dad ACTUALLY MOWED the grass TODAY. NEVER in his Life has he mowed in MARCH. THE LAST DAY OF WINTER!!! BUTT WHERE in the World WAS Winter?
Beautiful River Pictures.

Two French Bulldogs said...

that must have been a fun adventure.
Benny & Lily

Rubie and Poots (her Mum) said...

I can't comment on the weather over your side of the pond....but it does sound strange.

I'm excited that Indy got to go to that river and watch all the action. But I do agree, we schnauzers don't like to be too hot!!

Tail Wuggles, Rubie

Donna Volkenannt said...

I'm loving this warm weather!

haopee said...

We have a different definition of March Madness back here.

It's said that if you were born in the month of March, most likely you have a twisted way of thinking- but not in a bad way. if only we have pretty rivers like you guys.

Huggies and Cheese,


Sketching with Dogs said...

You've got to love a bit of warm weather. Here it is rarer than hen's teeth!
You could have waved a couple of palm leaves over Indy, we are only here as slaves for them, after all, LOL!
Lynne x

The Furries of Whisppy said...

We have the same mad weather all year round. Hot, humid, thunderstorms, haze...

Mariodacat said...

The weather is strange all over the world it seems. I like your March madness better than the real one. he he

Linda O'Connell said...

I am loving it!!!

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Cracked up at the grass/weeds growing taller each day. Sounds like my backyard too! Birds come by our yard, and look at the weeds, and keep on flying!

Anonymous said...

What a neat outing! Kayak racing! I'm there :D Indy, you've got it made in the shade with your own fan. Too funny :D

Isn't this mild winter/early spring thing just grand?!!! Luvin it! :D

Waggin at ya,

Bassetmomma said...

We are having our March Madness this week. Today is 27C feels like 31C. By the weekend it's supposed to drop down again!

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Yes, our weather is hotter than normal. We've been in the 80s this week--I'm already wearing capris and a tank top. The weather could turn on us, though, and drop down in a heartbeat.