Sunday, April 15, 2012

Nothing but God's Country......

We got to spend the most amazing day today out at Drew's Grandpa's ranch. We went with his parents. This ranch is a very large ranch, so I hadn't ever seen it all before. It was nothing short of breath-taking. It was so incredibly to be so far away from everyone and feel the calm around you. I don't think you know what you are missing until you go to a place like this. Here are some pictures from our adventures today:)

Of course my kids got to learn all about death on the ranch today:) Truthfully though, they loved it. I thought it was pretty cool too:) Good ol' Nana didn't quite until we found a skull:)

And of COURSE, one must always have a walking stick:)

Below are some shots that, to me, are so incredibly beautiful. I think the story that Drew's mom told me behind everything I shot here today made everything that much more amazing. This was a pump watering hole that Drew's Gpa made almost 80 years ago. A natural spring is deep beneath it. It isn't very often you see things like this anymore. It's not is the best shape, but this has been virtually unmaintained that whole time.

This shot doesn't give it justice, but I couldn't believe how many nails they used in this old pump house! Again this pump house was built almost 80 years ago too.

This is the old farm house built on the property. It was owned by a man, who's twin brother owned another just like it a mile away or so. Drew's mom wouldn't let them burn the wood up even when it completely fell. I'm so glad she appreciates this history too. It was awesome to hear about the rooms in this house, the basement where they would find rattlesnakes ALL the time. Yikes!
Here are a few shots of where we got to go today. This is just a drop in the bucket of their something like 40,000 acres? It could be way more, I can't remember. All I remember is hill after many hills:) It was incredible.

There is a small wind farm on the ranch. I know some people hate the look of these things, but I think there is something elegant about them. Beautiful!

Our kids LOVED the binoculars!!

Fun times had by all!!!!! We stopped in town on our way home, played on a train and grabbed a bite to eat to feed our tummies:)