All slackers raise your hands! (shamefully raising hand)
Back in July we took a road trip to North Carolina to visit my brother-in-law at his new (well, he's been there 2 years by now) farm out in the boonies. He's got 50 acres of land with a barn, gardens, stream, tennis court and nothing close other than Boone, NC that's a good 30 minutes away. He is really into sustainable living and working to make his farm a place that he can "live off the land" if needed. It was great. We had a blast. Getting to ride the ATV's, skipping stones in the stream, playing the PlayStation, picking dinner out of the garden, playing ping pong, tubing, campfires, fireworks and lots of time talking. Back to the days when TV wasn't available 24/7.
We made the 2 day journey by car stopping halfway in Harrisonburg, VA. It took us 6 hours to get halfway (there were lots of bathroom breaks and a lunch break). The final 1.5 hours of the trip took us on the back roads of NC that were constantly winding this way and that. But we got there in one peice. All in all, the kids did great and were fine in the car for the entire trip.
Kamran (my BIL) has two large pools of talapia in which he raises to help support his Aquaponics system. It's all very interesting to learn about. The talapia were starting to get too abundant so he did harvest about 40 of them while we were there. I'll save you the gory pictures, but at least I got to see fish being harvesting once in my lifetime.
|Feeding the fish|
|No fear from my little princess!|
|The boys out for a quick spin|
|Using the new sling shots down at the stream|
|My brave girl doing sparklers for the first time. Kaiden (in the background) wanted nothing to do with it!|
|Mommy helping to roast marshmallows. Mmmmm!|
|Hubs and his bro battling it out on the dance floor.|
|Also got some squash, garlic, lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, and much more! All organic and super yummy!|
While this city dweller can't imagine living there full time (I mean, what's a girl to do without a Target close by?!?!?!) I enjoyed living the week without the hustle and bustle of "normal" life. We look forward to our next trip to see them!