Waterfall Upgrade – 1/30/2016

After the shelter fell, we took a few days to think what our next plan was. We decided to look into a RV trailer. After lots of looking and research, we ended up buying this 5th wheel.

Buying it was the easy part. But we then had to take numerous measurements to figure out how it was going to fit on our property. This one is a 5th Wheel, and we have nothing to pull it with and no plans to ever buy a truck that large. Now we had about 2 weeks to get out to Waterfall and pour concrete pads to support this monster. Cause once it gets delivered, its never moving!

Hogan Haake

Monarch-Chesterfield Levee Trail – 1/29/2017

It was super cold outside, but I really wanted to get outside. I thought I would try something new, so I headed to the Monarch-Chesterfield Levee trail. It starts in Chesterfield, MO near the Hardee’s Ice Rink/Taubman Prestige Outlets. Unfortunately for me, It was right around the freezing mark with high winds. Being pigheaded, I rode anyway for about 1 mile before giving up. Additionally I was having trouble mounting “The Big One” and had a bunch of hockey players watching me fail.

I started on the right side of the map with the circle going left for the short windy part of the ride.

Not wanting to give up, I drove to St. Louis Premium outlets just down the highway to ride on the bridge across the river. I decided to take my 29″ unicycle that I was more familiar with for this ride. The Missouri River looked peaceful, but I know how cold it is right now!


On the west side of the river I was too tempted not to ride down and be on the Katy trail for a short bit.

And after this building, I went back to the van to warm up and go home on this short but interesting ride. I’ll be back to this trail!

Hogan Haake

Sonora Skiing – 1/25/2017

Every year, Avery Elementary takes their 5th grade class on a field trip to Hidden Valley to ski. I did this two years ago with Corvin. I told Danelle she had to take Sonora cause I don’t like skiing much. Fast forward two years later and Danelle is teaching school and can’t get time off to take Sonora. So I took the day off of work and headed out to be with her.

I was hoping that Sonora would take the lessons and have enough of skiing. But she wanted to continue after the lesson, so I bought a lift ticket to go with her. I went up the super easy slopes as many times as she wanted to trying to build up my own confidence. This isn’t like riding a bike (that is fun) and I didn’t get any better in the two years since my last skiing.

Eventually we went down to the “bigger” easy area with the rope lift. Sonora did great her first try going all the way to the top and I followed right behind. Once at the top, we both looked at each other with a medium amount of fear. I started after her and watched helpless as she went straight down gaining speed and terror. I attempted to plow my way down going faster and my fear growing as well. I remember thinking “I HATE THIS” over and over again till I finally started slowing down at the bottom. When I eventually caught up to Sonora, she was crying from fear. I asked her if she wanted to leave (hoping she would say yes), but she said we could stay and try something different.

There was one super short lift that we ended up going on multiple times and she eventually was able to get off at the end without falling.

Like all nightmares, they eventually come to an end (unfortunately this one was real). Sonora and I went to Panara Bread company for dinner before finally ending a day of bonding. This day makes me glad I only have 2 kids! With luck I’ll never have to ski again!

Hogan Haake