Soccer visit to Mines

Sunday afternoon, Joshua and I drove to Golden, Colorado so he could practice with the Colorado School of Mines soccer team. I thought he looked pretty good compared to many of the players out there. He may go back for a school open house tour later this week or next week. The Colorado School of Mines is arguably the best engineering school in the states surrounding Colorado, including: New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma. In two weeks he and I will be traveling to Cleveland, Ohio to visit Case Western Reserve for their open house. He’s been accepted at both schools and also Georgia Tech.

Kayak hull inside

Well, I’ve expoxied the entire inside of the kayak hull. The dark lines are thickend epoxy with fiberglass tape over them and then all is covered with unthickened epoxy. I’m now ready to flip it over and clip off all of the wires (stitches) and begin sanding the outside of the hull in preparation for finishing.

Afternoon in the March sun

It was very nice last week and this week promises to be even warmer. Paul and his good friend Robert bask in the sunshine after playing an indoor soccer game on Sunday. They were pretty tired, especially after playing a 90 minute outdoor soccer scrimmage on Saturday. It’s suuposed to be 71 tomorrow, so maybe I’ll get out and play some pick-up soccer during lunch.

Stitching the keel

Here is a photo of the sea kayak keel after I drilled 1/16 inch holes all around the edges of the bottom panels and then used copper wire to stitch the each half together. The kayak sides are lying next to the bottoms ready for the sheer clamps to be glued on.

Kayak sides and bottom

As promised here are more kayak pitctures. The sides and bottoms are on the garage floor awaiting glue. I think that I’ll do that step tomorrow as I want to make certain how to mix the epoxy with the Cab-o-sil thickener. And, re-measure everything to spec.

Science Olympiad

Paul participated in three events of this year’s Science Olympiad. Here he is shown testing how much weight his balsa wood tower can hold. It was able to hold the maximum required weight without crumbling. I think he placed seventh in the event because he and his partner did not turn in the construction log (which they didn’t do). His school made the state meet, so he’ll have another chance to show what he can do.

Spelling Bee

Paul placed second in the middle school Spelling Bee (out of 1500 students). He went to the city wide competition and placed 18th when he missed the word muu-muu (pronounced moo-moo) spelling it mu-mu. He was a little disappointed because he knew how to spell every other word given to the kids in that round except gestapo. Luck of the draw, I guess.

It’s here!

Well, I received my sea kayak kit last Wednesday and started reviewing the plans. It’s a stitch-and-glue wooden sea kayak kit made by Chesapeake Light Craft. You can check out what it’s supposed to look like when it’s finished at www.clcboats.com Look for the Chesapeake 17LT. I plan to use it in place of early season backpacking trips when the snow and ice still clogs the high country trails and lakes. Places like Blue Mesa Reservoir (http://www.nps.gov/cure/)have boat-in-only campgrounds so I figure with the boys in a canoe(s) and me in a kayak we can put our usual backpacking gear in the boats and go camping and fishing. Maybe we could even get up to the Boundary Waters or Lake of the Woods in Minnesota some time. I made some special boat building saw horses this last weekend and have been working out how to keep my garage at the right temp for letting the epoxy cure. I’m almost ready to get going and will keep you all updated with photos as I move along.