Sioux Passage Park – 1/21/2018

We decided to hang out as a family. So we loaded up the van with too much gear and headed north to Souix Passage park. We started out playing tennis for about 2 hours. We knew it was time to quit when most of the kids hits sent a ball over the tall fences. We also brought equipment for disc golf, but I got them to check out the Missouri river first.

This day was amazing because it was about 60F outside, so we were plenty warm. We drove through the park to the boat ramp and parked. A walk down the boat ramp showed an interesting contrast. Warm day with ice floating down the river.

Winter time means that the river is low. The map below shows the park (which is 211 acres). The red area is where the sand beach is that we played on. The river was low enough to walk all the way across to Pelican Island and explore, but we didn’t make it much farther than the sand.

Map cropped from Google.

It didn’t take long before all of us were all in playing in the sand!

A view of our beach for the day.

The hole got much deeper, but I had too much sand to take any more photos safely.

It got too hot for shoes, so off the came! The sand was as good as any beach on the ocean.

Making a sand sculpture.

Corvin fit in the hole I dug by hand.

Danelle made a butterfly

This cat is harder to see.

Check out the difference in water level, needs to come up about 8 feet before the beach is underwater.

Time to hike over to the ice waterfalls and check them out.

Sonora wasn’t going to let us have all the fun.

Hogan standing on the ice with muddy feet.

Trail of muddy steps.

Only my kids would follow me on freezing mud and ice to make a memory.

Corvin is proud of his tracks.

Sonora is proud of her tracks.

This is how you clean off your feet.

And if you’re still not sure, see the video!

This is one of those days I’ll never forget. The magic of feeling like winter is over and making a mess like a kid!

Hogan Haake




Florida Vacation Day 8 – 7/10/2015

Our last full day in Florida was a day at the beach. It didn’t seem like we could spend in a better way. So we went out to the beach and set up our borrowed tent with our 100 square feet of shade to prevent sunburn. Of course, being the horrible person that I am, I started digging a large hole in the middle of our shaded space!


I ended up getting about shoulder deep in the sand, meeting the water at the bottom of the whole, It took a long time, but was worth the work. The kids enjoyed getting into the deep hole with me. IMG_20150710_130209

A time lapse of our day on the beach.

After our time on the beach, we made a visit to the famous Ron John Surf Shop. Danelle picked up some new sunglasses. IMG_20150710_160706

After dinner, we had family time on the shuffle board court. A prefect day to end a great vacation!

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We finished off the night with a late walk on the beach and some large glow sticks. IMG_20150710_214040

On the way back to the hotel room, we handed off our glow sticks to strangers so they could enjoy them and we could sleep with less light!

Hogan Haake


Florida Vacation Day 5 – 7/7/2015

Today’s plan was to go deep sea fishing. We got spots on a large boat that was slated to go about 10 miles offshore for good fishing. The kids were quite excited. We arrived early to check things out and ensure that we didn’t miss the boat.

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When I checked in, I purchased some rags to keep our hands clean and a two packs of motion sickness pills. I was hoping since the boat was a large catamaran that they would not be necessary.


It was a long slow journey out to the fishing grounds. The novelty wore off not long after we got out into the open.IMG_20150707_111533 IMG_20150707_111527

In fact, it didn’t take long for the kids and I to start feeling motion sick! We each took one of the 4 pills I had. Magically, Sonora felt better instantly. I think the food actually helped. I decided to have a beer figuring it couldn’t make it worse!


Once the boat was settled in the fishing ground, we all went to work fishing. I’ll say that 80 some people fishing off the same boat isn’t that great of an experience. Sonora, Danelle, and the guy next to them got majorly tangled several times!

None of us caught any fish, only a few people in the group caught any fish, but nothing special. We then had the hour long ride back. Overall it was a great outing and we’re glad we didn’t pay for the full day fishing. Here are all the fish that our 80 person boat caught.


Corvin and I used the shuffleboard court and a soccer ball to create our own game. We would punt the ball and see where it landed for points. Sonora ended up playing too. The Motel 6 we were staying at was perfect!


And of course we finished off the day with some time at the beach! IMG_20150707_200837 IMG_20150707_202219

Hogan Haake