Harvest Tour 2012: Day 3

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.

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18 Responses to Harvest Tour 2012: Day 3

  1. Kieu October 24, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    OMG.. what a cute little piggy!!

    • Francesca October 24, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      OMG those piglets were adorable! While holding the piglet, I was going to tell Lucia that’s where her beloved bacon comes from, but then thought better of it.

  2. Adam Sommer @ Visit Flyover Country October 24, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    The festival looks like it was a good time, sorry we missed it! Great posts by the way! 🙂

    • Francesca October 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

      Thanks, Adam! The festival was nice – Lucia loved painting pumpkins, shelling corn, and – of course – the piglets.

  3. The World Wanderer October 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Lucia looks like she’s having the best time! That piglet is ADORABLE!

    • Francesca October 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

      She did have a blast, Erin! That’s why I do what I do: take her traveling anywhere and any chance I get.

  4. the lazy travelers October 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    WANT THAT PIG! sounds like a great day!

    • Francesca October 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

      It was a really fun day and that piglet (and his sibling that didn’t make the photo) was quite popular!

  5. D.J. - The World of Deej October 25, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    I love the phrase at the end…this city guy might scoff at rural America, but I guess I sort of owe them one lol

    • Francesca October 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

      Yep, that phrase really stuck with me. Harvest Tour was quite the learning experience!

  6. Leah Travels (@L_e_a_h) October 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Any trip that includes piglets is alright by me.

    • Francesca October 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

      And how could it not be? 😉

  7. Raul (@ilivetotravel) October 25, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    Hey, it looks to me that it was YOU not Lucia who held the piglet… Not fair! I am fighting here for Lucia’s rights!! 🙂 Sounds like a neat weekend trip!

    • Francesca October 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      Are you Lucia’s attorney?? LOL It started out with Lucia attempting to hold the piglet but she got kinda nervous, so I just grabbed the little guy. I didn’t want him to fall or get hurt, and Lucia was more than ok with standing next to us (the piglet and me, that is).

  8. John October 27, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Holding a piglet? Sounds like a good trip to me! Bacon in the makin’

    • Francesca October 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      Hahaha! “Bacon in the makin'”… I love it!

  9. Ted Nelson (@travelingted) October 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Have you seen the little piggies rolling in the dirt. This post reminds me of that line from the Beatles. Looks like a great place to enjoy an autumn getaway.

    • Francesca October 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

      It was a lovely weekend getaway but that Beatles reference is completely lost on me.

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