Foolish Pleasure: An Adventure on the Meramec

Meramec boating season is here!

Foolish Pleasure is the name of a boat... a boat that a crew of 4 of us take on Meramec boating adventures every Wednesday evening, and have been doing this since the flood of 2008.   


The Boat

The Foolish Pleasure is a tough little 1989 Larson Laser, made in Little Falls, Minnesota.  It has a bored out 350, high quality leather seats and can seat 8 comfortably.  


The crew, who are all Fenton residents:

Captain:          Steve Gestring                                                                            

First Mate:       Phil Perkins    

Mess:              Randy Shore   Owns King Edwards Chicken and Fish in Crestwood

                                               (Randy always brings fried chicken).

Photographer: Ferd                 


We always start our journey at the Meramec Marina.   When driving down the road to the marina the rest of the world is left behind and the adventure begins.  We visit with friends, load up the boat, and off we go.  We explore the Meramec from the Mississippi to Eureka, very much depending on the water levels.  Sometimes we catch a train going over at sunset in Valley Park or Arnold, trees loaded with white egrets, eagles nesting, a blue heron feeding, bridge swallows, schools of Asian Carp, early 1900s train trestles, deer crossing the river and of course some of the most incredible sunsets.  All within minutes of where we live!

This week I give you candid portraits of the crew and the boat.  

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Mike ONeill April 30, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I want to be a guest some time. You and Randy are starting to look like brothers. Mike O'
Dan Barger May 01, 2012 at 03:40 AM
With all of Ferd's fans, to paraphrase a famous line in the movie "Jaws," he's going to need a bigger boat.
Tom Wood May 01, 2012 at 05:53 AM
beautiful images, Ferdness. Please tell the crew ' hey ' from me. I voted AGAINST the Meramec Dam many moons ago. right choice ? It's obvious when I see your views of the river. rock on groooovies !!
Avis Francis Brooks May 01, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Has to be a gaggle of old hippies. Old hippies still have fun!!! Wish I could go!!!
Avis Francis Brooks May 01, 2012 at 01:34 PM
How could it not be a gaggle of old hippies? Wish I could go, too. After all I am the queen of old hippies.


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