Camper Delivered – 2/15/2017

So I mentioned previously that our shelter fell. We found a nice 5th wheel RV that we are going to make a permanent fixture on our property. In order to make it permanent, we needed to start with a concrete pad for it to sit on. This will help keep it from settling out. We started with detailed drawings of the dimensions so we would know where to put the pads.

The previous weekend, the whole family was out at Waterfall digging holes, placing forms, mixing and pouring concrete. It was such hard work, that we didn’t take any photos. There is nothing like mixing over 1,000 pounds of concrete by hand in a bucket and pouring it to make you too tired to take photos. In addition to all of the concrete, we cut out a ton of brush and trimmed a tree. I knew that if the guy driving the delivery truck didn’t like the conditions, they would just turn around and I wasn’t having any of that.

It took many tries of back and forth before the delivery guy got the camper placed 95% of where we wanted it. From there, we put down the supports and disconnected it. This is the permanent home as its not ever moving again. We have nothing to move it with and as time goes on, it’ll be more obvious that the camper is a landmark!


We didn’t take long to enjoy it before heading back to work for the day, but I did manage to take out a light bulb to figure out what size it was. Since we’ll be off the grid, I want to get more efficient LED bulbs to save power!

I know I’m cheating time a bit, but here are some photos after it was a bit more setup.

Hogan Haake

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