We've been on the road again. We love to travel in the autumn months so we can enjoy the colors of the season. Of course, the weather can prove to be challenging too. This was a chilly trip with temps dipping into the teens and snow the first day out. We travel the small highways so we can take in all the beauty around us, using interstates only when there is no other route. Our country is so beautiful.
Can you help but sing.....OH BEAUTIFUL FOR SPACIOUS SKIES
..........FOR PURPLE MOUNTAINS MAJESTIES
Our final destination was my cousin's farm in Iowa, but we stopped in Kansas along the way to pick up three of our granddaughters to join us for their fall break.
One of the days in Iowa we headed to Dubuque and had a brisk walk on the Riverwalk.
We took the girls out to the Field of Dreams baseball field. We should have taken our ball and mitts!
My cousin's farm happens to be in the middle of Amish country so a visit to their shops is always a must. I always pick up my spices, nuts, pectins, grains and candies there. Out of respect for the community, I will not include pictures, but it is great to see transactions made WITHOUT computers. People can actually count out the change!
Harvesting of beans and corn was in full swing while we were there. The farming techniques of the Amish are quite different from the large machinery used on my cousin's farm.
This is a photo of my grandparents home in town. It is still a stunning looking home with the original leaded glass windows, wrap around porch and lovely bay windowed rooms. My grandmother always had big pots of brilliant red geraniums on the pillars by the front entrances when the
weather allowed. I wish I could pack the house up and move it to California.
My grandparent's farm had a wooded area in it with the Wapsipinicon River running through it. When my uncle took it over, he eliminated the farming land and planted various species of trees. Each year he would plant 3-4,000 little sapplings. I wish he could see how beautiful it has become.
He made sure to plant food for the wildlife too. We saw turkey, deer and all sorts of birds when we visited.
|This photo was taken just as the branch snapped. Much laughter followed!|
|Look at these clouds over the farm!|
Coming home we headed across Nebraska and up into Wyoming. While we did not encounter many cars, we did have to stop for these guys. I wonder if they know Thanksgiving is quickly approaching.
While we traveled in a comfortable car, I could not help but think of the early settlers crossing in buggies. We followed the Lewis and Clark trail for many miles and enjoyed seeing the spots we have read about.....Chimney Rock being one of them.
We stopped to visit Ft. Laramie and the Old Iron Bridge. It proved to be a good spot for a photoshoot of my Seeing Stars quilt. Guess I will have to name it Stars Over the Platte River.
I will be linking this post up with Soma's Wandering Camera series. This was truly a wandering camera!