|After launching from Neenah's Shattuck Park, 75 boats head for Lake Winnebago.|
By David Horst email@example.com
What if you planned a paddling event for 250 people and the tandem of thunder and lightning was the first to arrive?
That was the fate of the 14th annual Park-to-Park Paddle on July 18. The storm was settling down as we started to gather for the launch at Shattuck Park in Neenah, but smart phones showed another storm hitting just before the fastest paddlers would land in Appleton.
|A roomy trip through the Menasha Lock.|
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That’s a rarity for these paddle events, sponsored cooperatively by Northeast Wisconsin Paddlers and the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway. We have experienced uncommonly good weather.
When you are responsible for the safety of group of people, you just don't put them on the water in the lightening with 6-foot sticks in their hands.
The three main organizers -- Jeff Mazanec, Tom Young and me -- conferred and postponed the paddle from Saturday to Sunday. Perhaps a dozen paddlers went out anyway. The rain stopped. The second line of storms never came.
It may have been a misinformed call, but it was the right decision.