Hughes Mountain – 6/10/2020

Who doesn’t want to take a day off of work. Add to that the fact that its their birthday, and you can see why I took the day off work. I also noticed that my driver’s license expired today. With the COVID-19 pandemic going on, I waited a bit too long to get to the DMV and renew my license. I decided I needed to go early and get a spot to take care of it. I made it to the office 1/2 hour before they opened, but it was too late. There were at least 75 people in line socially distanced outside waiting to get in and take care of government business 🙁

I looked on my phone and it turned out you could be somewhere around 30 days late and still not have a penalty for renewal. With that fantastic, news, I was out of there and headed back home. Unfortunately for me, the kids were both in summer school and Danelle was working. But luck for my, my sister, Hannah, was in town visiting. I can talk Hannah into just about anything. I decided we would drive to Hughes Mountain and hike to the top.

We had a laugh driving out there and hanging out catching up. I had been there before, but didn’t make it to the top. So this was my chance to hike all the way up.

It turns out that my last visit, we turned around very close to the top! Just the same, the view was fantastic!

It may seem crazy to some, but I drove over 4 hours to hike about 2 miles of trail. I wish I could say I did more, but the day was worth it. And we were back at the house before the work day was over, giving me plenty of time to spend with Danelle and the kids on my birthday!

Hogan Haake

Paddling On The Meramec – 6/8/2020

I think we need to have Hannah in town more often. I’m paddling more than ever. Better than that, I’m bring lots of people with me. Today, Hannah and I paddled the turd while Danelle and Melissa paddled our small aluminum boat up the Meramec river. we didn’t go too far,but had lots of fun!

Hannah is looking at the damn that keeps Simpson lake from dumping straight into the Meramec river.

Danelle and Melissa checking out the damn as well.

And darn Hannah for grabbing a photo with me. I do my best to be the one behind the camera… You can tell I sure don’t like it!

Hogan Haake

May 2020

We’ve finished the third full month of COVID-19 in the US. We’ve done a decent job of keeping socially distant, but sometimes Corvin and I just need to get out. So we go on unicycle rides!

We went out to Jo Jo’s place near the St. Francis river to help her dismantle an old barn. Mark found a large black rat snake that he caught and relocated before continuing our work.

Speaking of wildlife, we’ve been taking groceries to Danelle’s parents to keep them out of stores and safe. When visiting their house, we check on the baby birds in the carport.

In the spirit of staying socially distant I have not gotten my hair cut. I got it up in a small bun to annoy the girls.

And finally, what would the Internet be without a cat photo. They sure like having the window open!

Dad Splits Wood – 5/23/2020

My parents have had several large pieces of wood in the back yard for a few years. Mom had mentioned getting rid of it and I offered to chop it up. Not to be out done, my dad said he wanted first crack at it! Unfortunately, he had so much fun, there wasn’t much for me to do but clean up the mess when he finished up!

Nice job dad! Now I know where I get it from!

Hogan Haake

April – 2020

Our first full month of COVID-19. We mostly stayed at home trying to stay safe and not catch it. I brought home the plants from the office that I care for. The cats were quite interested in them.

It didn’t take long before I started being silly with my Zoom meetings.

I took several long motorcycle rides to keep sane.

And more cat madness. It is what the Internet is for! Brawndo looks so small here

Hogan Haake