Boeckmann Farm – 9/5/2015

We went out to Danelle’s parents land “Farm” for an overnight visit. On the way out of town, we picked up Grandpa Henry to go with us. When we invited him, he quickly stated that he had nothing more important going on and was going with us 🙂 After picking him up, we loaded some large iron thing on top of the van and headed out to an actual farm near Washington, MO to visit a friend and drop off the iron thing. We stayed for about 2 hours while grandpa caught up with his friend that owned the farm.

Eventually, we made it out and started by setting up camp. We brought the weed wacker, but the area was freshly cut. Time to set up camp!IMG_20150905_142443

Now, the second most important thing at camp is firewood and the axe. My kids are just like me!

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Somewhere in the mix, Grandpa Henry took off and just explored the woods of his childhood. He occasionally came back for food and water, but was gone a lot. His fun was balanced out by the number of bug bites and poison ivy he had all over his body on Sunday!

I had been out to the farm several times, but never made it down to the Gasconade river. Their property doesn’t touch it, but the neighbor invited us to walk down the path and see the river. Only Sonora and I were up to the task. Lucky for us, the neighbor came down the hill in his 4 wheel thingie and drove us back up the hill to the campsite!

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Danelle and Corvin woke up early on Sunday morning like always and got some great shots of the fog in the valley.


We decided to pack it up early and head home. But before I could put stuff away, I had to get the wasp (scary stinging thing) on the camper to leave us alone. I left it to my fearless wife to get photos and then shoo it away so we could pack up.

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We were all happy to be home after a quick but fun camping trip. All of the boys had tons of bug bites!

Hogan Haake

Farm Time – 12/2/2012

My wife’s parents have had a family farm for many years. They call it a farm, but its really just land out in the country. They don’t grow any crops… They don’t get out to their property much anymore. The two hour drive is the major obstacle. We know that Danelle’s dad, Henry, really loves it. He spent some of the best days of his life out there on the property.

As a surprise to Corvin, we brought our .22 riffle for him to shoot with on the property. I spent a ton of time with him on gun safety and was very close to ensure there were no accidents or close calls. I expected him to run through all of the rounds, but he shot about 35 times before he had enough. Of course, Danelle had to show off, shooting a few rounds and being nearly perfect each shot, so we sent her on her own way.

While were on our own property, it was hunting season, so we all wore the most obnoxious orange we had available to be seen!

Later, the kids and I took turns sending the head of the axe deep into a log on the ground. The kids thought they were awesome each time they got it to stick!

Henry did get something accomplished while he was at the farm. He has been wanting to bring back small cedar poles for use in his garden at home. Since we had my van, we loaded it up with all manner of cedar poles that we pulled out of the forest. I’m looking forward to seeing how he uses them this summer in his garden!