Solar Eclipse at Waterfall – 8/21/2017

We took the kids out of school and invited some SLU students to come out to Waterfall to enjoy the event with us. It was away from civilization and promised to have a decent view. Our property was in the path of the totality, making it a perfect viewing spot! We decided to spend the night before at the property and had a few others join us.

With the morning of the eclipse at hand, more people started showing up. All told, we had around 20 people come out to see it, including my parents

We put up a slack line in the only place we had available and made the most of it. I even got my mom up on it.

The eclipse was going to start after lunch, so we all hung around in the shade eating way too much lunch and snacks!

Here is what the eclipse festivities looked like getting ready.

And a few leading up to the eclipse, with a filter on the camera of course…

My favorite photos came during the totality. For about 60 seconds, you could uncover your eyes and get a glimpse directly at the sun. The most important thing was not to wait too long before looking away, cause it ended quick!

And finally if you’re still reading, stop and watch a video of the madness. Its stop motion for the hour leading up to the eclipse. Unfortunately the battery died before it started.

Hogan Haake



Picking up the Kids In KC – 5/29/2015

After an amazing but short week without the kids after dropping them off for the South Dakota Kayak Challenge, we were missing them! So we drove back to KC to pick them up. As always, there is something going on at my parent’s house.

Herman, Cole, Jen, and Henry were back working on Herman’s mustang again. They got it running and put it all together. I ended going out with them later that night to test drive it all over the city and didn’t get back till 2 am.

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While the madness outside was going on, Hanna and Kalie were making some sort of cake pop dessert that looked like poop!

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Sonora got to ride in the Herman’s mustang!


And my parents were wore out from us generally being so crazy!


I’m quite happy to have times like this with my family and to get my kiddos back!

Hogan Haake

Lunch Ride – 4/19/2015

I got a co-worker, Dan, into uni-cycling. We occasionally ride together over lunch. We get funny looks when both of us roll by. Here are the photos of us having fun and “lunch”.

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Hogan Haake

Family Campout – 9/20/2014

Like many families, we don’t seem to get together often enough. In an attempt to remedy that, we planned an extended family campout. The plan was to meet at Pomme de Terre State Park on Friday night and hang out till Sunday. Of course even with a family campsite, plans get in the way. Danelle had something going on and couldn’t make the campout, and Sonora choose to go to a Girl Scout campout with her friends. So instead, it was just Corvin and I for this trip.

I left work early (about 2:30) and went home. There I hooked up the camper and finished loading supplies. Then I went to pick up Corvin from school and head out to our adventure. I was slightly worried how the weekend would go because Corvin had just gotten braces the day before and would  have issues eating things as his teeth would be sore. I kept him full of ibuprofen per the doctor’s orders. It took a few tries to find something that he wanted to eat on the drive down.

Just past Rolla, MO, we turned off the major highway and started the windy 2 lane highway that would lead us to the campsite. I learned quickly that the new short antenna I put on my van only picks up radio signals if you’re in town. So the choices of things to listen to were limited to regional high school football game, and even that came in and out as we traversed the hills.

I thought we might be the first people to the campsite as we left early from home. I was right. We pulled into the park and the site and the corresponding ones were empty. It was just dusk when we pulled up, but that was fine with me. Well, except for the fact that the sites didn’t look like the map that I looked at online. This isn’t terribly uncommon, but it just didn’t feel right.

I had talked to Hiatt earlier on the drive and I expected him to show up and he hadn’t made it when I expected him. So I disconnected the camper and drove around every loop in the campsite. He was nowhere to be seen and it was getting dark. I decided to park the van and walk to the entrance to meet him. Of course, he didn’t show up there either. Ohh, and there was no cell reception anywhere near the lake or leading up to it on our drive.

At this point, I was frustrated and concerned, so I walked over to the site of the camp hosts and knocked on their door. They were quite nice and explained that there was another campsite on the other side of the lake. We were provided directions that required an additional stop at a gas station for additional help!


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Once we got to the campsite, it was already dark. It isn’t fun to set up in the dark, but I managed decently. After I got set up, I realized that i wasn’t the only one in the family that had issues finding the campsite.

We ended making a few stops to the convenience store and this happened.

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Of course, I have a thing for water, so I ended up renting a boat for all the “kids” to hang out on!


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It was a great weekend to camp with family and I can’t wait to do it again!

Hogan Haake

Kansas City – 8/30/2014

We came into KC for the weekend to see Holly. This was the last weekend she was going to come into town before she had her baby girl.


Of course we got to see my parents who seemed quite happy!


But it wasn’t meant to be, mom wasn’t actually happy. She has been having issues with the dishwasher for some time now. I convinced them to go shopping with me to pick out a new one. I told mom that I would even install it for her that night. Needless to say, mom was much happier!


I only had minor cursing while I figured out how to install it and it still hasn’t leaked! Then on the way home, we had a random bathroom/meal stop. I found the painting below on the wall in a McDonalds. Makes me want to do that to a wall in my house!


Hogan Haake