Our final day in Franklin County started out much like the previous morning: sunny and crisp, but just slightly warmer. It was going to be a beautiful day! We shared a delightful brunch at Country Heritage Bed and Breakfast (including delicious biscuits and gravy!) before heading out.
First stop on the tour was ABCM Corporation, the company that graciously allowed us use of one of their transport vehicles for the weekend. We toured the long-term care and assisted-living facility and spoke with some of the residents. Judging by the looks on their faces, they were ecstatic to have visitors and it warmed my heart to know that we kind of brightened their day.
We swung through town again and passed the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) Civil War Memorial…
…on our way out to Beed’s Lake State Park. The focal point of the park is the man-made Beed’s Lake, but the most interesting feature is the dam built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The park looked beautiful in all its fall-colored glory.
By this point, most of our group had departed and started heading home. We said our last good-byes back at the B&B and then Mom, Lucia, and I joined Deb at the at the historic Harriman Nielsen Farm for their fall festival. Lucia, my little city kid, got to do more stuff she doesn’t do at home, like operate a corn sheller…
…and hold a two-week-old piglet.
Harvest Tour 2012 provided this city family with a wonderful country escape. We had an incredible time and came away with invaluable knowledge about what an important role the heartland plays in our country’s history and its continued progress. As Jeannie Arends told us at her family’s farm, “Rural America rules. We feed you.”
My family’s trip to Harvest Tour 2012 in Franklin County, Iowa – including our stay at Country Heritage B&B – was sponsored by Franklin County Farm Bureau, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, and Franklin County Tourism. All words, thoughts, and opinions, as always, are my own.