Solar Panel Prep – 3/19/2017

Solar power has become our thing. We have it on our house, and now we’re getting ready to add it to Waterfall. I used the expertise of my coworker, Eric Ent, who just put a similar system in at his parent’s house. We have a 400 watt Renogy system.

Initially I wanted to put the on the roof, but I realized quickly that I could never get it clean enough and I was afraid it would not hold my weight no matter what advice I was given about it. So we decided to build a rack attached to the ground. Back to holes and concrete

A few screws sticking out on the end that goes in the hole. This should help it hold in the concrete!

It may not look like much, but this frame will hold 4 solar panels.

It wouldn’t be work if we didn’t mix in a little fun. Here are some silly shots of Corvin demonstrating how deep the holes are.

We ran out of time and material to finish putting up the solar panels, but here is where they will go.

Hogan Haake

 

 

Sonora Skiing – 1/25/2017

Every year, Avery Elementary takes their 5th grade class on a field trip to Hidden Valley to ski. I did this two years ago with Corvin. I told Danelle she had to take Sonora cause I don’t like skiing much. Fast forward two years later and Danelle is teaching school and can’t get time off to take Sonora. So I took the day off of work and headed out to be with her.

I was hoping that Sonora would take the lessons and have enough of skiing. But she wanted to continue after the lesson, so I bought a lift ticket to go with her. I went up the super easy slopes as many times as she wanted to trying to build up my own confidence. This isn’t like riding a bike (that is fun) and I didn’t get any better in the two years since my last skiing.

Eventually we went down to the “bigger” easy area with the rope lift. Sonora did great her first try going all the way to the top and I followed right behind. Once at the top, we both looked at each other with a medium amount of fear. I started after her and watched helpless as she went straight down gaining speed and terror. I attempted to plow my way down going faster and my fear growing as well. I remember thinking “I HATE THIS” over and over again till I finally started slowing down at the bottom. When I eventually caught up to Sonora, she was crying from fear. I asked her if she wanted to leave (hoping she would say yes), but she said we could stay and try something different.

There was one super short lift that we ended up going on multiple times and she eventually was able to get off at the end without falling.

Like all nightmares, they eventually come to an end (unfortunately this one was real). Sonora and I went to Panara Bread company for dinner before finally ending a day of bonding. This day makes me glad I only have 2 kids! With luck I’ll never have to ski again!

Hogan Haake