Piers at Waterfall – 9/3/2016

We’ve decided to put up a picnic type shelter at Waterfall. We figure we’re more likely to go out and visit if we have a home base out there that is ready and waiting for us to use. The first step of this process is to go out and lay the foundation. The plan is to place 6 concrete piers in the ground to hold posts for the shelter.

Danelle and I started off in the morning with a visit to Home Depot to pick up a large auger to help make the job easier. I looked at a goofy tool when we pulled up and laughed cause I couldn’t figure out what it was for. Little did I know we would end up renting it. Its a large tow behind auger that is easier and larger to operate. Any large power tool is good in my book!

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We also purchased the rest of the supplies like concrete and tubes while we were there. Now we set out to do some digging. What took the longest for this project was Danelle constantly measuring and leveling. While I appreciate this, it was frustrating for a guy that just wanted to play with the large power tool!

It didn’t take long and we were digging and sweating with more than we bargained for. We arrived at Waterfall around 11am and left around 5pm. A few breaks were taken, but we mostly worked. I’ll let the photos speak for the rest.


The whole family got into the auger.


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Sometimes the rocks had to be broken up the hard way. This was not fun or easy!


Boy do I look fresh in this photo!


Did I mention the holes were deep?

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Once the holes were dug, we had a huge sigh of relief. The concrete was going to be easy. I brought our generator along with the power drill and a long paddle to mix the concrete with. Unfortunately the drill burned out not even partway through mixing the first batch and it was hand mixing all of the concrete!

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Eventually we were all done. Due to the wet concrete, we got creative to ensure that none of the hardware would sink down.

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The best part about this project was being done and going home after a hard day’s work!

Hogan Haake

Motorcycle Inspection – 4/17/2016

My motorcycle was due for inspection to get new license plates. There are not nearly enough places that will inspect motorcycles in Missouri. So I went with a co-worker and his sister down to Surdyke Harley in Festus Missouri.  We always look for an excuse to ride and they had inspections on Saturday! Corvin wanted to go with me, so we rode down there. While we waited for the inspection, we of course walked the lot looking at some fantastic motorcycles and 4 wheelers!

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After the successful inspection, we rode out to Waterfall for a quick look around.

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Eventually it was time to head home, but a fun productive Saturday morning ride!

Hogan Haake

Waterfall – 3/26/2016

We went out to Waterfall to check out the spring plants and do some work. We decided to get rid of one of the outhouses and just have one that we would use. So Corvin and I pushed it down the hill to the road. There, Corvin broke it up as best as he could. The I carried it all up the hill so we could proceed to burn the wood. It took all day, but we’re making progress and cleaning up the place!

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Hannah in STL – 1/2/2016

Hannah came to visit us during her winter break from school. We didn’t waste any time, from the moment we picked her up, we headed out to Waterfall. 141 ramp from I-44 was still closed as they were cleaning up debris from the flooding. You can see extra water where there normally isn’t any.

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The kids were ready to get out of the van and stretch their legs!


We went walking all around the property and stopped for lots of antics!


If we weren’t sure how high the water was during the flood, this chair up in the trees should be a sign.


We always take time out to play with the neighbor’s friendly dog!


But mostly it was about spending time with Hannah!


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Bricks to Waterfall – 10/25/2015

Since we purchased Waterfall, we’ve been thinking about an outdoor fireplace. While we have not agreed on what it will look like when we’re done, we do agree on the price… So we found free bricks. This is our second load delivering them and worried about the tires on the van as it was quite overloaded…


And now all I have to do is clean up when we get home…