Storm Sewer Deployment – 12/13/2016

Danelle’s PhD research involved deploying equipment into storm sewers to measure lots of stuff and make the world a better place. Its best to check out her research website cause I’ll just get it wrong! Anyway, time was getting away from her and she needed to get her equipment deployed. So I took a day off of work and got photos of her doing her good work.

If that truck looks familiar, that is because its the one I bought on my Colorado Motorcycle trip! We were fortunate enough to be able to use this truck as her primary research vehicle. All of the expensive equipment is able to be locked away in the boxes and the sand doesn’t get all over the inside of our main vehicles. Who know things would work out this way.

Climbing down to get to work.

Its hard to tell, but there is a rope attached to the bucket. Its the simplest way to lower supplies and heavy bags of sand. When I wasn’t there, they used a step ladder over the holes with the rope to act as a pulley.

Somebody thought that she was knitting in the hole in a previous photo, so we thought we would help them out.

Safety first, yellow vest is also stylish!

Spreading out all of our equipment for a deployment.

Look, a truck! These trucks are part of her research!

Hogan Haake

 

Christmas Lights With Friends – 12/7/2016

Laura wanted to check out Tilles Park’s Winter Wonderland. We decided it would be best to visit on a carriage. So we split a large carriage and invited Josh and Jen to join us. We all met early as we were quite excited to get our ride. The kids were super excited and we all bundled up for the cold.


Once we got started, we had quite conversation as we took in all of the lights around us. Its impossible to get a good photo from a phone, but here is an idea.

After viewing the lights, we had everyone over to our house for dinner. Its amazing how much you can prepare for a group in a hurry. Luckily the house didn’t burn down while we were gone with the ham in the oven.

Hogan Haake

 

 

Thanksgiving Day Camping – 11/24/2016

All of our Thanksgiving plans with family fell apart this year. We didn’t plan to out of town, so we improvised a last minute camping trip. It has been three years since our last Thanksgiving week camping adventure. The kids seemed to miss the camping this time of year. So we quickly shopped for food and packed clothes and bikes into the minivan and took off. Our standard camping destination is Meramec State Park. Its about 90 minutes away from the house and next to the river. It didn’t take long for the park to welcome us with some wildlife!

Our plan was to go for a hike so we quickly parked the camper in our designated spot and went straight to the trail for the hike we had planned for the day. We have not hiked this park before as we mostly just paddle the river, so this was a pleasant change for us. Right off the parking lot, the trail provided us some entertainment!

A short way into the hike, we saw a stone pavilion overlooking the river. This was a fun distraction to look at!

No hike is complete without getting to limbo lower!

Eventually, we got to the most important part of the hike… stopping for lunch! We had deli meat on sandwich rolls and other assorted goodies that we brought with us. Since we were down on a rock bar of the river, we also took some time to attempt to build a rock bridge across the river. We got almost 10 feet across before we gave up to continue our hike.

Now our hike was half way over and we hiked back on the ridge overlooking the river.

We even managed to find a cave and work our way down to check it out!

After our walk was done, it was time to go back to the campsite and check set up camp. We dropped of the pop up earlier, but didn’t do anything to set it up. So after we got the camper mostly set up, we realized that we didn’t bring any water with us. After checking, there were no working water spouts anywhere near us. So I volunteered to go and find water. I ended up checking out several places in the park before driving out into town to look for water. Eventually I ended up at a used car dealership that had a working spigot on the outside of their building. With water, I headed back to our campsite.

From here, we made a fire and I proceeded to burn as many leaves as possible, enjoying the large quantity of smoke!

And being a boy, Corvin found the smoke quite entertaining as well! Since we were camping, we spent lots of time riding bikes in circles and cooking. A very chill evening!

Danelle got into the bike racing with the kids.

After a hard day of camping, we finally packed up on Friday to head out. I decided to take a minor detour after seeing something interesting searching for water the previous day. The remains of a never-finished Sayman Hotel. (Found inside Meramec State Park)

So we ended up climbing around to see what is left of it.

A perfect way to spend a Thanksgiving day/night!

Hogan Haake

KC Visit – 11/5/2016

We came into Kansas City to visit family. It was a rare weekend when Corvin didn’t have a soccer game and we took full advantage of it. Corvin and Sonora were most excited to meet Heidi, the new puppy. Planning ahead, I brought my unicycle and had a nice ride with Herman. I couldn’t get him to ride his, but he biked with me and we had a great time!

Here is Heidi…

 

And of course, Peaches still gets love!

And what would a trip to KC be without catching my dad sleeping on the sofa!

Don’t worry, I didn’t actually put it in dad’s mouth. As always, the visit ended much too soon!

Hogan Haake