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

 

Waterfall Shelter Fell – 1/21/2017

We made a trip out to Waterfall as we had not been there in over a month. There were mixed emotions as we pulled up to our shelter being knocked down.

I had mixed emotions about the shelter being knocked down. I wasn’t sure how we were ever going to make it stable. There were many things about the design I learned after messing it up and constructing it. One of the neighbors came over to tell us that 50mph winds came up the hill and knocked it right over.  Its better that it fell down before we had any more effort into it. Here are some more photos of what the wind did to our creation.

We didn’t have any tools when we were out. So Corvin and I went out the next day to disassemble all of the wood and stack it up. Its a lot of money invested in the lumber and we vowed to find another use for it at Waterfall.

Hogan Haake

 

The Amazon Event – 1/14/2017

The day finally arrived, The Amazon Event! We were here to see the film “Peeled Faces on the Amazon” by West Hansen. JoJo masterminded the event getting West Hansen and Jeff Wueste to come up from Texas to present their expedition.

My part of the story started earlier in the evening, picking up Laura to go with us to the event. She took us to her favorite fancy ice cream place on Grand.

And then we were off to JoJo’s Funky Warehouse to prepare for the movie. There was great concern about the turnout as there was an ice storm the day before. We put too much work into this event to re-schedule and the city did a fantastic job getting the streets safe. So our first impression was of the temporary door.

Once inside, we started setting up the event with the rest of the volunteers.

 

And of course, we had to get the custom beer set up and chilled!

Once the party started, about 120 people showed up for the event!

And of course, West presenting his masterpiece!

And we may have drank a few beers and played games!

It was a fantastic venue for a film and was enjoyed by all!

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

 

Ice Storm – 1/13/2017

So St. Louis had an ice storm. Most people worked from home due to all of the warnings all over the news. Not this guy! I braved the 2 mile commute to work and put in nearly a full day before calling it quits. While I called it a bust, my van thought it was a bit more serious. Once I rolled down my window, the ice was still there acting as a temporary window.

Hogan Haake