Kids To Maine -Part 2 – 8/2/2018

Colleen invited us to stay in Maine two days so she could show us around where she and the kids live. We were excited to see some of the highlights of Maine. Mom and I stayed in a motel while Sonora spent two nights with Michaela. The next morning driving over to Colleen’s house, we stopped to check out a few roadside attractions that we drove past the night before.

 

 

We spent the morning at their house hanging out. I managed to turn several horses in the display around and get a photo for Hannah. (Its a running joke with my sister to send her pictures of horse butts)

We decided to go out to lunch before our day’s activity. We went to Sea Dog brewing company. Mom and I ate there the night before but didn’t mind going back as it was quite good!

Here’s a selfie of the group. From left to right, Sean, Colleen, Travis (Colleen’s Husband), Mom (Grandma Pat), Sonora, Hogan (me).

Eventually, we went out to “Land’s End”. Its a shop and the end of a long row with a beach. We hung out on the beach for a long time and walked all through the shop.

One interesting note is a product called Moxie. Its a regional soft drink that has a cult following. Cult because of its bitter taste. I purchased one. Sonora and I could each only manage a single sip before handing it away to Michaela to finish. I wished I had a steel brush to clean my tongue of the aftertaste!

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We had a great time. Eventually, we finished up and headed back to Topsham. For dinner, we were invited to Pete and Mary Beth’s house (Colleen’s parents). They showed us around their amazing house. It is set right on the edge of public land that won’t ever be developed. This gives them a giant space to explore and hike in year round. On the edge of their property, Pete built a magnificent tree house for Michaela and Sean to play in! I’m impressed!

For the dinner that they hosted, Pete did to me what I do to others, over served my drink. He offered whiskey and I accepted, but he poured the glass nearly full. I didn’t finish it, but it was a laughing point for the meal. It was a great night enjoying their hospitality and seeing their genuine love of their grand kids being home safe!

The second day was a day at the beach. Pete and Mary Beth gave us two different tents and some chairs to use since we planned to be there all day. We packed a cooler with lunch and drinks and headed out together in my van. Once we got set up, we took turns hanging out at the tents to watch our stuff.

Sonora with our two tents.

Looking down the beach.

Looking out at the water

Sean relaxing

I missed Danelle, so I left her a note (that I took a photo of and texted to her) in the sand.

Mom may have borrowed my message for dad 🙂

Its an old BAK (Biking Across Kansas) joke that Holly would write “Giggles was here” at the SAG stops. We added it to the sand and sent her a photo.

The last set of photos from our day at the beach came from an outing with mom. Before we left, dad told me to push mom a bit out of her comfort zone, that she would do nearly anything. So I took him up on it and took mom for a hike over to see a large rock outcropping at the beach. 

This is the view from the top of the rock. The specks on the beach is where our stuff is set up.

Mom at the top of the rock.

It was a hard climb up and worse down because we were both barefoot! Beyond this, we all took turns playing in the sand. Sonora, Michaela, and Colleen loved the 68 degree water and I tolerated it as long as I had to. I was surprised how busy this beach was for a Monday!

We went back to Colleen’s house for dinner that night. She took us for a walk around the property including an abandoned railroad track.

We were sad to say goodbye, but it was time. We packed up Sonora back into the van and headed back to the motel. We finished the second phase of this trip and now our party was down to three people.

Hogan Haake

 

Hiatt and Family in STL – 7/18/2017

On their way to Disney World, Hiatt, Kris, Rylan, Michaela, and Sean stopped by our house. It had the added bonus that it put them closer to Disney and was free 🙂

While they were here, Rylan wanted something to drink, but we didn’t have much to offer. So I suggested that the kids and I walk down to the gas station. There, we got drinks and snacks together. It was cool to spend time with them and treat the kids at the same time. Here are a few snaps from the short visit.

Rylan striking a pose

Hiatt and Sean being best buddies

Hiatt and Kris

Michaela and I getting a photo together.

Michaela trying out the balance board.

Hogan Haake

Fixing the Truck – 11/7/2015

So my “new” truck was broke. Lucky for me, my college roommate, Sean came to the rescue. He and family came to St. Louis and picked up the truck, towing it back to Jefferson City. One week later, I’m in Jeff City with Sonora at his house working to pull the engine and put a “new” one in. We got to work, which really means Sean asks me to fetch tools and asks me to perform simple tasks that I’m not likely to mess up.

By the early afternoon, the engine is completely disconnected except for the connection to the transmission and a few mounts. Sean got under and started disconnecting the transmission. From under the truck I hear “this doesn’t look good”. This isn’t good as I purchased a engine and not a transmission. He removed the bell housing and came out from under the truck. There was a large crack in the bell housing and a bolt in it.

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This is the extra bolt that broke my truck

So it turns out that there was an extra bolt in the bell housing that got caught between the flywheel and the housing. It made a lot of noise which is demonstrated from the clean scratches in the housing and the large crack. Added to the fact that the battery in the truck was almost dead, it couldn’t turn over, and it caused the issues.

With the bolt out, and checked to see it wasn’t missing, it was time to put everything back together. The whole event turned into a false alarm with me jumping to conclusions! Eventually Sean and I got the engine back together and mostly running. I would come back in a few weeks to pick it up and perform last minute checks!

Here is a time lapse of us working on the truck.

After working on the truck, Sonora’s day was made when she got to ride their horse, Star.

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And finally, on the way home, we ate at Arby’s. Sean and I ordered from the hidden menu, both getting a Meat Mountain. It was too much!

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Its fantastic having great friends that will help with anything they can! Thanks Sean and Jennifer for your help and your hospitality!

Hogan Haake

 

Hiatt and Family Visit – 7/1/2015

Hiatt, Kris, Michaela, Sean, and Rylan came to visit us on their way home from a trip. We were in their path and lucky for us, they stopped for the night. Then again, its always nice to have a free night’s lodging 🙂

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For some reason, Sean likes to eat spaghetti with mustard on it, so we provided the food and tried to not get sick while he ate it!

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The best part of the whole visit was watching the cousins playing together. Hopefully next time they can stay for longer than 1 night!

Hogan Haake