Sunday, June 9, 2013

Cardboard Boat Race

Today we had a great time at the annual Arkansas-Louisiana Pathfinder and Adventurer Cardboard Boat Race held at Dierks Lake. My grand daughters and their cousins were participating.  They spent the night before the race at our house and had an cookout and ice cream party followed by a slumber party.

To enter the boat race the kids had to build a boat with only cardboard, duct tape and paint.  It was amazing how durable the girls boats were.   After the race they spent quite some time just paddling around in the boats.  They all had a really good time.

The girls were excited to win trophies and medals for their efforts.

Grandma and Papa had a lot of fun spending the day in such a beautiful place and seeing the girls have such a good time.  After the race we had a picnic and then the kids spent the afternoon swimming.

On our way back home we took a "shortcut" over gravel mountain roads.  Within just a few miles of the highway we came across a bridge that was impassable because there was three feet of water flowing over the bridge.  We had to turn around and go all the way back to Dierks Lake so we could take the paved roads.  On our way back to the lake we followed our GPS and were stymied three different times by locked gates across the roads.  After an hour we finally made our way back.

What an awesome day!


  1. Wow -- good for those kids. I know I wouldn't be able to construct anything as seaworthy!

  2. Amazing how good those boats look and functional, too! Looks like a fun day.

  3. Those boats look great! I would never have imagined making a functional little boat out of cardboard. Sounds like a great day!

  4. What a great experience for the girls! Very creative.I guess you got to see a lot of great scenery on you attempt to get home :)

  5. You're right--an awesome day. Such creativity on the part of the little boat builders. Good memories made by all, I'm sure.

  6. What an awesome day that was and I can see the joy and pride in the eyes of the winners - congratulations to all, the boats were made very nice!


  7. I'm dying to know why a boat built of cardboard doesn't get all soggy and eventually sink. Do you use waterproof paint? Is the bottom of the boat completely covered in duct tape? I'm very confused.