January – 2019

I got a top box for my motorcycle and tried to install it. With the bike up on a stand, I found out that the mounting hardware wasn’t the right size. I have not decided what to do, but it still isn’t installed. And when I took the bike off the stand, I knocked it over on the side. A double fail!

Corvin looking dapper in his new suit.

That’s about it for this month’s random…

Hogan Haake

St. Louis Auto Show – 1/27/2019

Being a fan of cars, I like to go to the auto show  every few years to see what is out there. Sonora wanted to go with me this year. We got there before it opened and were able to get to the Million Dollar Mile first. Sonora wanted to check out the super fancy cars. I wasn’t impressed with the cars like Sonora was, but the prices did match…

Once we were done, we went and looked at the motorcycles. I was a little disappointed that the motorcycles were less about brand and more about dealership.

After that we wondered around a bit. I showed Sonora the Sherp go anywhere machine. She wasn’t impressed till I showed here a YouTube video of them.

We saw some custom cars too that were awesome.

A Model T owned by my friend Larry Hassel.

But the most important part of the visit was finding out that Sonora wants a VW Bug. She talked about bugs for a long time after this show!

Hogan Haake

Snow – 1/12/2019

We love the snow partly because we don’t get enough of it. Sometimes, we even do crazy things! A look at how deep the snow is.

That is a canoe I forgot to put away before the snow.

I was too lazy to put on socks or shoes, so I went shopping in sandals. There was wet snow everywhere so my feet were a bit cold, but not too bad.

And a video of our poor cats.

Hogan Haake

Snow and the Wrong House! – 1/11/2019

We had a large snow storm hit St. Louis and I decided it would be fun to go out driving in the snow. Corvin was excited to join me as he also wanted to drive in the snow. I picked a decent sized street and started heading west. I had an idea where we might go, but decided to just see where the weather took us.

As it turns out, I found a very well lit parking lot with about 8 inches of snow in it. I started off driving around. Eventually, Corvin got his first turn driving in deep snow. It was great practice for him, but he was not ready for the streets. It turned out to be a great decision as there were at least 100 cars off the road during our drive. I was worried several times about if we would make it or not.

When it felt like we could go no farther west and should o home I decided to risk it and just surprise Steve at his house. So we drove over and parked in his driveway. He wasn’t answering his phone, but that didn’t stop us! Ring on the doorbell a few times and text him some photos.

Eventually we called Jackie, Steve’s wife, who answered her cell from out of town. She suggested that we go around back and knock on the sliding door till the dog barked and made Steve see what was going on. As we were preparing to go around back, a neighbor called to us from the sidewalk with a flashlight to see what was going on.

To make a long story short, we were at the wrong house and he wanted to know what was going on. I apologized and we moved on. I called Jackie and got the right house number and we had a nice laugh about it.

I was glad the neighbor stopped us before we really scared the homeowner of the wrong house. It was a great adventure with Corvin!

Hogan Haake

Waterfall – 1/6/2019

We went out to Waterfall today. I’ve talked about the bathroom situation, but never really photographed it. So, here is our fancy outhouse…

Yep, there is no door. It hasn’t been a problem yet as people don’t generally want to hang out here 🙂

Looking down the trail at our place.

Looking uphill to our place and the deck.

Love the solar. it isn’t the largest, but its enough to keep the lights and heat on overnight and re-charge during the day.

The view for the deck would be perfect without the utility pole. But we can ignore it and still have a fantastic sunset!

Hogan Haake