The following is a true story, only the names have been changed to protect the guilty.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Super Fun Weekend

This weekend was action packed and relatively close to home. On Saturday, the boys and I headed down to Jordan for the Scott-Carver Threshers show. Never been to a threshing show ?....it's all about old tractors,steam and gas engines and anything related to old farming and it's equipment. I'm not a farmer and can barley keep my small garden alive, but I've been going to these events since I was a kid. I've decided to carry on the tradition with my own kids and get them out to see how things were done in the old days. It can be a lot of fun seeing all of the old equipment still working.
The  "cool factor" was very high as we rolled to the threshing show in the JEEP,  sans roof

blacksmith shop 

School house.....we're out a here

When finished, this will be the largest steam engine in the state 

This steam engine works now and was spinning, I used to think it was big.....looks puny next to the one in the above pic

runs on wood and steam......very impressive and quiet  

another steam engine

this one was running the machine just in front of it with a giant belt about 8 inches wide ...separating wheat 

with all the exposed spinning wheels, belts, chains, and cogs it's no wonder so many people got mangled in them 

The camera was to fast to show the motion ,but the wheels and belts were moving...FAST

Strange 

Tractor Pull 

These two engines were running at the time, along with many behind them

Just down the road was Minnesota's largest candy store....we had to go 

 On Sunday it would be just G Man and myself for a father/son adventure on the Zumbro River. We kayaked a seven mile section from Zumbro Falls to Hammond. It was great time and very popular especially with the inner tubing, drinking crowd. If you want a better family experience I would recommend doing so when the water is not warm enough for swimming. We had a fantastic time despite all the drunks and used it as a good conversation for not drinking. After our kayak ride and swimming we rode our bikes back to the van and headed home.....tired.      Later DR  
Put-in


Swimming about 25% of the time

Bluff country


7 miles of gravel back to the van 

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