Rachel’s PhD Help – 8/27/2017

While participating in Operation Clean Stream the day before, Danelle rekindled a friendship with some fellow students. Rachel in particular was asking for help with some of her PhD research. Danelle saw that we were free and offered our help. So we went out to Tyson Research Center

Four 2,500 gallon rain collectors for watering the plants.

I’m carrying one of the soil dividers for Rachel’s project.

Rachel standing in one of the holes that we’re digging.

Rachel’s roommate, Shreenidhi Vasudevan, showing off her muscles.


Nothing like a selfie with others 🙂

We dug holes till around 3pm when we had to leave for something else. I could have kept digging all night, but the three girls were done. We ended digging nearly half of the holes needed for the research, so it was a job well done!

Hogan Haake

Solar Eclipse at Waterfall – 8/21/2017

We took the kids out of school and invited some SLU students to come out to Waterfall to enjoy the event with us. It was away from civilization and promised to have a decent view. Our property was in the path of the totality, making it a perfect viewing spot! We decided to spend the night before at the property and had a few others join us.

With the morning of the eclipse at hand, more people started showing up. All told, we had around 20 people come out to see it, including my parents

We put up a slack line in the only place we had available and made the most of it. I even got my mom up on it.

The eclipse was going to start after lunch, so we all hung around in the shade eating way too much lunch and snacks!

Here is what the eclipse festivities looked like getting ready.

And a few leading up to the eclipse, with a filter on the camera of course…

My favorite photos came during the totality. For about 60 seconds, you could uncover your eyes and get a glimpse directly at the sun. The most important thing was not to wait too long before looking away, cause it ended quick!

And finally if you’re still reading, stop and watch a video of the madness. Its stop motion for the hour leading up to the eclipse. Unfortunately the battery died before it started.

Hogan Haake



SLU Grad Student Party – 8/6/2017

In early May, we hosted a gathering of the grad students and post docs working in the lab with Danelle.  We started out on the porch, but as for all good parties, the action soon moved to the kitchen.  We had a few good rounds of Jenga, taking it to the point that there were very few moves left.  Becca finally collapsed the tower.

We all enjoyed the loads of food and drinks, some brought that evening, but many that were leftovers from the Avery Play cast party.

Hogan Haake

Sonora’s Spa Day – 1/7/2017

Our friend Laura gave Sonora a “spa day” for Christmas for her and a few friends. Today was the day all of them could come together at our house for their treat. Danelle and Laura set up the stations and prepared for the girls!

After delivering the pizza and getting this group shot, Corvin and I got out of there for our safety 🙂

I can’t even pretend to know all of the random things that were done to the girls, but there was lots of giggling!

Hogan Haake