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

 

Mississippi River Trail – 1/21/2017

It was a warm perfect day to go out and unicycle. I’ve been waiting to get outside and get more distance. I decided to visit the Mississippi River Trail (MRT). I started at the normal parking lot.

I thought it would be fun to start with a detour to the St. Louis Arch, so I went south first. I rode there and got a few photos of the arch.

I rode around the top of the arch for a bit and helped some tourists with a photo. It wasn’t long till I was riding back to where I started to continue on the MRT. One of the most fantastic things about the trail is all of the industry there. Today, I got to view the very top of a mobile crane that had not been lifted yet. Two things interested me. First the mini weather station and second that the wheels on top were made of plastic!

Back on the trail, I had to stop again when I came across the Grossman Iron and Steel plant. I’ve often seen their trucks around the city, but never knew what happened to the junk they haul.

These trucks go to the plant where they crush the metal and turn it into something else. I’m not sure what, but it was awesome to watch!

Maybe a half mile north, the path for the McKinley Bridge came up. I decided it woudl be fun to ride over into Illinois and see what was going on.

This side of the river didn’t disappoint either! There was a lot of to see including massive conveyor belts and steaming oil containers!

I ended up near some military stuff and found this sign most entertaining!

Nothing like being protected by an “ALARM SYSTEM”. I’m not one to break into stuff, but this is one sign that wouldn’t deter me!

I find it important to not just ride but to experience things as I go along. This trip was a complete success. I ended up going just over 18 miles!

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