Unicycles and Water Pipes – 2/18/2018

Sometimes you just have to get out of the house and explore. Corvin and I wanted to go for a unicycle ride and it seemed just warm enough at the house. We packed the unicycles and headed downtown to the Mississippi Riverfront Trail. We got out of the van, unloaded and started to ride.

It didn’t take long to realize that we should have worn pants! The wind made it nearly unbearable to ride, but we didn’t give up. We rode south of the Gateway Arch and back to the van for a grand total of about 1.5 cold miles.

After that, we packed back up in the van and cranked up the heater. But I wasn’t about to let the drive go for nothing, so I decided to just drive north near the river. Corvin learned a new meaning of poverty and “bad” neighborhoods. I tried to use this as a lesson for how fortunate we are in our lives and how the people are not bad.

I found 2 of 3 standpipe water towers in St. Louis. Essentially, they are 100 year old towers that were large tubes for water to rush up to help regulate water pressure. When the pressure went up, water would travel up the tower instead of rushing out of a person’s tap at different rates. They used to be very common and now are extremely rare.

Got to love history right in front of you. Hopefully the city will maintain these 3 historic structures 🙂

Hogan

January – 2018

What a super cold month! So cold in fact, there were pipes bursting all over town. One popped in my office building giving us some unexpected time off…

I tried to turn my driveway into an ice rink.

On a few of the warmer days, I got in some unicycle riding.

My parents came in town for Corvin’s Jazz concert. It was a  pretty decent concert.

Hogan Haake

 

2 Cellos – 1/29/2018

For Christmas, we got family tickets to see 2 Cellos. With both of the kids in orchestra, we though this would be a nice treat. The concert was at the Fox theater, which is also cool.

Here is a short video near the end of the concert.

I left the concert with mixed feelings. I was hoping for more of an orchestra approach. The concert started with an orchestra and quickly transitioned to the video above with the 2 dudes and a drummer. I’m glad to say I went, but don’t plan to attend any more of their concerts. They did play a minor version of Thunderstruck (the video that made them famous).

Hogan Haake

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