August 12, 2011

Today we are finishing up the project that removed the old loading dock, and enlarging the useful area in front of the shop.  The weather is so very pleasant, low 80s, with a gentle breeze.  Last night in St. Louis, it could not have been more perfect for a baseball game, a cool 72°, Pujols hit a home run in the first inning, and the Cardinals won 5-2.

The corn and soybean crops seem to be progressing nicely.  During our trip on US 50 West, we saw many fields of corn in hot and dry Kansas that were dead– the drought had done them in.  Some farmers were baling the shriveled, dry corn stalks… Dad used to say, “It won’t be great for cattle feed, but it’s better than snowballs.”  Those sad corn fields made us remember just how blessed we are.  The rainfall that made me fret during April, May, and June has continued on a pretty good pace here, and the corn and soybeans show that they’ve had enough moisture to thrive.  I have not seen the corn ‘roll up’ from drought stress.  Even the double-crop soybeans that were planted in wet conditions are now emerging above the wheat stubble, and though thin in spots, look pretty good, too.

We did see some amazing farms, towns, countryside, plains, prairies, mountains, and lakes on our trip across US 50.  I’d recommend that trek for anyone who wants to see the USA up close and personal.  We took hundreds of pictures, and I am grateful to have them, but pictures just cannot capture fully what your eyes behold.  Favorite stops for us included:  The “Wilder’s on Main” restaurant in Hutchinson, KS; The Royal Gorge Railroad in Canon City, CO;  Mom’s Cafe in Salina, UT; The sweeping vistas between Delta, UT and Ely, NV;  The “Loneliest Road in America” across NV; Breathtakingly blue Lake Tahoe in NV and CA.  To these eyes, there was mile after mile of beautiful sights.  Let’s just say that US 50 West did not disappoint.  I’d do that trip again if the opportunity arises.

Later today, we will mow everything here, for rain is predicted for tomorrow.  There is some painting that needs done at the top of the old elevator, and we will re-attach the bush-hog (rotary cutter, more precisely) to the 7130.  There is some roadside mowing that needs to be done, along US 50 at the Steen and Newman farms.

-Dennis

John doing the 'high altitude' painting.

Philip working diligently on some of the 6+ acres we mow each week.

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