Labor Day Ventures

17 Oct

Farmland

Labor Day Labors (of Fun) aka Adventure!

I long ago promised that I would relate my wonderful, awesome adventures cross-country this past labor day weekend.  Labor Day weekend, always one of the great highlights of any college student’s life, was particularly exciting to me this year since I also had Thursday and Friday off and I was off to visit family for a BBQ.  A five day weekend, BBQ Pork Steak, Baked Potato, Grilled Veggies, and Home-made Ice Cream and Fudge Sauce–the weekend was definitely offering great potential 🙂 My Aunt and her husband were hosting the BBQ at their cabin down in Illinois; having traveled the same road dozens of times in the past, the trip can get kind of boring at times.

Now you have to understand that I wasn’t going to be alone on this trip; my mom was also going to be riding down with me. My mom and I together are pretty awesome.  We love taking the roads less traveled and heading off on little adventures.  In fact, we can get just a little carried away if left on our own. 😛  We have the incurbable tendency for one of us to say, “Let’s see where that road goes” and the other to promtly aim the car that way.  We’ve gone up hill, down dale, crossed mountains (accidently) and ended up in stranger’s driveways in this manner many a time. 

Oops, I got off track. Anyway, as per usual, we decided to try something new.  We usually set Garmin to the trusty old “Fastest Route” setting, but with time to spare, we made a bold move and set it to “Shortest Route” instead.  What followed was an amazing adventure made for memories and stories for grandchildren centuries later.

It started with a fun little jaunt through the Walmart parking lot to the road that went around back. Yep, that little road meant for truck drivers to park along when unloading at Walmart’s back door.  Apparently, this was actually a serious road, since Garmin aimed us in that direction; who knew?  Following the little one-lane road we ended up crossing the tracks and heading out of town.  Garmin took us through the old roads, traveling along the little farms and settled towns that have dotted the Midwestern states for centuries.  With the sun shining, we were delighted to have the opportunity to explore more of Iowa and Illinois than we’d seen before. 

Thanks to our Garmin path, we . . . 

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Got Stuck in a Sand-Pit

Yeah, so this one takes a little explaining. We are driving down a gravel road, minding our own business and Garmin has us turn right. We do, and promptly find ourselves crossing a creek.  Since we were in a truck, we figured it’d be okay. However, we didn’t count on the fact that big trucks had been charging about on the sandbank of the creek, tearing up the ground.  To our grief, it had turned the road into a sand-pit a few feet deep.  Our tires, sunk, the wheels quit spinning, and we ended up dug in.  We didn’t even have an address or location to give our family since we’d never been on that road before!  God loves us though, he sent along two local farmers; one young man with a truck (he actually sunk his truck trying to dig us out) and an older guy and his wife who had been hunting for rocks. The older guy pulled us across, and finally we escaped; it took us close to an hour–what fun! That’s how memories are made!

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Saw Adorable Local Farms

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Crossed River, Creek, and Pond

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Waved at Adorable Animals

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Viewed the Lovely Scenery

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Traveled Along Old Gravel Roads

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Traveled Along Old Gravel Roads

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And Generally Enjoyed the Lovely Weather!

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