Mississippi River Trail – 1/21/2017

It was a warm perfect day to go out and unicycle. I’ve been waiting to get outside and get more distance. I decided to visit the Mississippi River Trail (MRT). I started at the normal parking lot.

I thought it would be fun to start with a detour to the St. Louis Arch, so I went south first. I rode there and got a few photos of the arch.

I rode around the top of the arch for a bit and helped some tourists with a photo. It wasn’t long till I was riding back to where I started to continue on the MRT. One of the most fantastic things about the trail is all of the industry there. Today, I got to view the very top of a mobile crane that had not been lifted yet. Two things interested me. First the mini weather station and second that the wheels on top were made of plastic!

Back on the trail, I had to stop again when I came across the Grossman Iron and Steel plant. I’ve often seen their trucks around the city, but never knew what happened to the junk they haul.

These trucks go to the plant where they crush the metal and turn it into something else. I’m not sure what, but it was awesome to watch!

Maybe a half mile north, the path for the McKinley Bridge came up. I decided it woudl be fun to ride over into Illinois and see what was going on.

This side of the river didn’t disappoint either! There was a lot of to see including massive conveyor belts and steaming oil containers!

I ended up near some military stuff and found this sign most entertaining!

Nothing like being protected by an “ALARM SYSTEM”. I’m not one to break into stuff, but this is one sign that wouldn’t deter me!

I find it important to not just ride but to experience things as I go along. This trip was a complete success. I ended up going just over 18 miles!

Hogan Haake

The Amazon Event – 1/14/2017

The day finally arrived, The Amazon Event! We were here to see the film “Peeled Faces on the Amazon” by West Hansen. JoJo masterminded the event getting West Hansen and Jeff Wueste to come up from Texas to present their expedition.

My part of the story started earlier in the evening, picking up Laura to go with us to the event. She took us to her favorite fancy ice cream place on Grand.

And then we were off to JoJo’s Funky Warehouse to prepare for the movie. There was great concern about the turnout as there was an ice storm the day before. We put too much work into this event to re-schedule and the city did a fantastic job getting the streets safe. So our first impression was of the temporary door.

Once inside, we started setting up the event with the rest of the volunteers.

 

And of course, we had to get the custom beer set up and chilled!

Once the party started, about 120 people showed up for the event!

And of course, West presenting his masterpiece!

And we may have drank a few beers and played games!

It was a fantastic venue for a film and was enjoyed by all!

Hogan Haake

Cleaning the Funky Warehouse – 12/29/2016

The date is getting closer to the Amazon Event and there is still lots to do. Danelle made it out with me today to work on the Funky Warehouse. JoJo set each of us up with different jobs so we were all working all over the warehouse. As we completed our work, Andy wanted to know if we could go check out the basement. Eventually, a group of us were down there. We found three large signs that said “The Shoe”, “WARE”, and “HOUSE”.  We started cheering from the basement. Eventually it was decided we would take the time to bring the signs up from the basement.

With a  little cleanup, the signs cleaned up nicely and needed to be displayed!

It was decided that they should be put up high and safe out of the way. So we took down the wave and put the signs up high!

It didn’t take long to bring all of our tasks together and hang out!

Our teamwork made the job much easier!

Hogan Haake

Christmas in KC – 12/24/2017

We made it to Kansas City to have Christmas with my parents. When we got there, my mom was in the middle of painting the hallway. She had much of it taped, but other stuff got in the way. I knew it wouldn’t get done before Christmas, so Danelle and I stepped up. We finished taping and painting in just a few hours. We enjoy working together and accomplishing stuff!

After the painting, my handyman skills didn’t go unnoticed. I was quickly enlisted by dad to help with some LED light fixtures. They did quite a number brightening up the hallways!

Mom is always telling stories to me about the crazy dogs and their antics. Today I got to see this in action. Daisy jumped up on the tall table outside to get a better view of the yard.

I got my parents to pose for a selfie after dinner.

Keep your family close and a box of cookies closer!

I brought my 36″ unicycle to town. I tried to go for an early morning ride, but was stopped by patches of ice on the ground. Eventually I got a short ride in the neighborhood, which is better than nothing.

And of course, the best part of Christmas, burning the wrapping paper in the fireplace!

Hogan Haake