Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wisconsin Barns, Westby Fences, Vintage Caboose


The first two photos were taken in the Westby, Wisconsin area. I always love the look of the black Amish buggies. I was going to say that it takes one back to a simpler time but really, there's nothing simple about the Amish way of living. It's got to be tough doing the field work by hand, hot and sweaty, taking forever, and watching your neighbor farmers sitting in their air-conditioned tractor cabs, harvesting a field in about 20 minutes (Okay, I'm exaggerating here, but not a lot).  On the other hand, if we ever have a huge solar flare that takes out the grid, we know who will not be affected.





 Westby Caboose
Now used just for fun.

Next weekend we're going to be hauling some slate blackboards to a few Amish families in the Westby area. I love that unglaciated part of the state. It is so gorgeous. I'm hoping to get many more photos. It's the perfect time of year to visit Westby.

Want to learn more about Westby? Check out Westby Remembered. 

One last fence:

At Pier Natural Bridge Park
Rockbridge, Wisconsin

Tomorrow's entire Cranberry Morning post is on Pier Natural Bridge Park. It is a gorgeous place to spend an afternoon. There are stairsteps so you can climb up to the top of that rock that is covered with trees and trails.


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41 comments:

Trace4J said...

Great photos as always.
I love when little friends ( frogs) surprise us with their presence. To fun.
Woolie Hugs

TexWisGirl said...

just gorgeous scenes! i'm envious of your road trip! :)

bj said...

That last fence is very interesting...love the pretty scenery.

Dicky Bird said...

I've have to look these up and take a day trip. Can't wait to see your post for today.

Dicky Bird said...

I mean for tomorrow....

georgettesullins said...

I would love to visit a Natural Bridge park. Sounds beautiful.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Gorgeous, Judy!

I so greatly admire the Amish. And everything they do seems like such quality. Even though I know it is a harder life in some ways, it seems richer in many others. I remember farm life when the hands drove wagons. There were tractors, but when I was very young, many things were done by them by hand and in summer! In the hot, hot sun!

I look forward to hearing more about your trip!

xo

Sheila

Lynne said...

I must say, this Wisconsin girl is learning about parts of the state I knew nothing about . . . I look forward to tomorrow's hike up that glaciated rock and the views and foliage beyond . . . And now I am looking up Westby . . .

Cheryl said...

Great fences here today...but that huge rock is what's getting my attention!!

Linda Kay said...

Hi Judy...that last one with the rock and the fence is amazing. I'm also fascinated with the simplistic life of the Amish, and enjoy your pictures.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I've been in a discussion about what will happen if everything we depend on in the grid goes down and we will be in a bad way.
Looks like a nice area for your trip.

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

I'm afraid my knowledge of the Amish is pretty much limited to the film 'Witness', with Harrison Ford. But what a fascinating post - and that rock is stunning. So - a 'caboose' is a type of railway carriage?! I'm sure Bing Crosby sang about them...I thought it was something romantic!

Stephanie said...

Hi sweet Judy! Your photos are always lovely to look at and today's were a nice treat :) Have a wonderful day!

LV said...

Enjoyed seeing all your photos, but especially of the Amish country. I would truly enjoy visiting in an area where they are.

Janey and Co. said...

I use to live in PA. and loved the pristine area where the Amish had their farms.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You live in such a beautiful part of this country...lots of amazing views! Enjoy your day and keep that camera handy! Hugs!

DeniseinVA said...

Great photos! It is always interesting looking into another culture, I’m sure it is a hardy life. Your trip to Westby sounds interesting and I look forward to your photos. Thanks for the link, checking it out next. Enjoy your trip to the Pier Natural Bridge Park.

Karen Schurr said...

Very nice photos of the Amish buggies and caboose. And the last of that lovely outcrop. Makes me want to return to Wisconsin. Thanks for sharing.

Ileana said...

Beautiful scenes! Thank you for stoping by my blog! Have a nice day!

Phil Slade said...

So colourful, the barn, the buggy and the caboose. And I would love to climb the Natural Bridge too.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Judy, love those photos. I tend to romanticize the "simple" life of times gone by - harder but, still, easier in some ways.

Felicia said...

beautiful images. love the first and last one.

Terri said...

Love that red barn- it shouts country! Sometimes I think we all need a taste of the simpler life...

Eileen said...

Lovely photos.
I will be sure to check out Westby.

Breathtaking said...

Hi!:) It's a long way to Wisconsin from Portugal, but thanks to blogging I can visit all these interesting places through your photos. Very good they are too, and I love that last shot.:)

Ida said...

Delightful post. I visited Amish country in PA once and loved seeing how they farm. You are right though there is nothing, "simple" about the way they live. It's a lot of hard work. That last shot was gorgeous, can't wait to see more.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

You have some wonderful photos today! I love visiting the Amish country. Most have red barns in our area. You are right about the grid! Hope we never find out.

eileeninmd said...

Great series of images? I love the red barn and buggy! Sounds like you will be going on a nice ride! The park sounds wonderful too! Have a great day!

Ruth Kelly said...

Each time you post one of those Amish buggies, I feel a desire to come and visit your area of our country.

Terri D said...

I have respect for the Amish. You are right that we would be looking to them if we ever lose complete power...not just from a solar flare, but an act of terrorism would do the same (or worse). We have become soft in our ways, at least when it comes to the basics.

Beautiful photos of beautiful places, and I look forward to learning more about that lovely park!

Mama Zen said...

That last shot is just stunning!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

The one in the national park steals the show today!!! Pretty scene.

janiceadcock said...

Wonderful scenes captured so nicely.

Balisha said...

I've always been fascinated by the Amish way of living. Looking forward to tomorrow's post.
Balisha

Muffy's Marks said...

I love the Amish areas near here too. Yes, they will survive if our 'grid' goes down. Their hard work pays off in personal fitness. Your blog reminded me that one of my goals is to capture some of the barns in Langlade county. Most of them are in disrepair.

Diane said...

Fabulous post and pictures.

Hugs Diane

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Great fences here and amazing rock formation! The Amish amaze me - I love reading all the new books written by them these days. They are lovely people. xo Karen

Barbara said...

Looking forward to your photos of the Westby area. I've not heard of it before. What you've already posted is beautiful, restful.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That photo of the "Pier Natural Bridge Park" is gorgeous!!!

Rachel said...

We used to live very close to an Amish community in Kentucky and made friends with some who earned their living with a side of the road fruit and veggie stand--they were good people to get to know.

Terry and Linda said...

I love your trip! I also find the Amish farms (Mennonite here) so neat and clean and colorful!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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