Waterfall Season Opening – 5/5/2018

We finally made a trip out to Waterfall to open it up for the year. It sounds way more fancy than what it is. What it really means is that Danelle and I are going out there to work. We’ll get water in the tank, install the new sink and hose to make the water system work again. Set up the new fire pit and stain the deck. All in a day’s work!

All I managed to capture was part of the staining and the first fire in the new pit, but it was a great day!

Hogan Haake

Waterfall Deck – 9/17/2017

We contracted our neighbor Jonathan to come out to our property and build a deck. I’ve tried and failed to build stuff out there to date. This was our first visit out there to see his finished work. Jonathan pointed out that he would have performed more finishing work on the deck if we wanted. Additionally, he used our off square piers that were already poured. That didn’t help the final finish, but its perfect for us!

Danelle is spraying for weeds and poison ivy. Lots of leftover scrap lumber, but a successful project in our books. Money well spent!

Hogan Haake

Solar Eclipse at Waterfall – 8/21/2017

We took the kids out of school and invited some SLU students to come out to Waterfall to enjoy the event with us. It was away from civilization and promised to have a decent view. Our property was in the path of the totality, making it a perfect viewing spot! We decided to spend the night before at the property and had a few others join us.

With the morning of the eclipse at hand, more people started showing up. All told, we had around 20 people come out to see it, including my parents

We put up a slack line in the only place we had available and made the most of it. I even got my mom up on it.

The eclipse was going to start after lunch, so we all hung around in the shade eating way too much lunch and snacks!

Here is what the eclipse festivities looked like getting ready.

And a few leading up to the eclipse, with a filter on the camera of course…

My favorite photos came during the totality. For about 60 seconds, you could uncover your eyes and get a glimpse directly at the sun. The most important thing was not to wait too long before looking away, cause it ended quick!

And finally if you’re still reading, stop and watch a video of the madness. Its stop motion for the hour leading up to the eclipse. Unfortunately the battery died before it started.

Hogan Haake

 

 

First Waterfall Paddle – 6/24/2017

We finally had our first paddle at Waterfall. We went from Morris Mill back to our property. After we got settled, there is a bit of rapid to get through very close to the start. I went left with Sonora and barely made it. There was lots of bracing and getting my foot out of the boat to get us off the rocks. I sent Danelle and Corvin to the right to portage, but they ran it. It turned out much better for them. We definitely fared better than the jet ski we found!

Back near our property, we were frustrated to find two bobcats moving flood debris from a house straight into the river.

Hogan Haake