It snowed 7” in Des Moines on Friday.
I repeat: on Friday November 20th, with leaves still on trees and our wool hats and snow boots still in storage, 7” of snow fell, smashing the previous record for the day by 5-plus inches.
It’s hard to believe that just a few short weeks ago we were planting trees…
(Two apples, two pears, in case you’re curious)
…and taking combine rides…
…enjoying one of my favorite times of the year: fall harvest!
From the pumpkin patch to the covered bridges, each year we make it a point to enjoy the abundance of the season; squeezing in as much outdoor fun as possible before the season-that-shall-not-be-named arrives again.
This year was no exception. October was especially warm and dry, so each weekend found us at a different fall-themed locale. As in years past, we made sure to leave one Sunday afternoon open for a trip to “The Ranch”: the largest of four farms on which Grandpa Steve raises crops each year.
The Ranch also happens to be in close proximity to our favorite swinging bridge…
…which has become a destination in itself over these past few years.
Although the sky was overcast this year, it was still warm enough to leave our coats in the car and enjoy a few minutes of photo-shoot fun.
After more exploring…
…we made a quick five minute drive up the hill for a visit with Grandpa (who, at this point had spent most of the past month harvesting day & night) and a stroll around the farmstead.
Since we were already all dressed up, we had a snap a few more staged pics…
And of course, take another requisite ride in the combine. I’m not sure how many more years we’ll be able to fit everyone in the cab at once, but something tells me Grandpa doesn’t mind the tight squeeze.
As the light faded we made our way “inside” for dinner. Grandpa’s new camper had become a second home for him during the busy season…which gave us a place to crash and scarf a quick Subway dinner before heading home for the night.
The perfect ending to another fun fall day on the farm!