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Jenna: Home!

Jenna: Home!

It’s hard to believe that the summer is almost over. Time is a crazy thing, you know? It seems like a long time since I left home in May but, at the same time, feels like only last week that I was talking about the wild pigs and rattlesnakes in Texas, the storms during the move to Oklahoma, crop conditions in Kansas, and so on. Now, here it is, the middle of August – and I’m back in Nebraska getting ready to start my last semester of college on Monday. Weird.

Me and my two younger sisters, Taylor and Callie, left Jordan, Mont., on Monday morning and made the 950-mile road trip home to be back in time for school to start. We left behind our parents, who were actually moving to Hilger, Mont., that same day to pick up some more acres, as we didn’t have as much to cut in Jordan this year as we normally do. Mom and Dad will finish up the rest of the harvest season on their own – without their “crew,” without their cook, without any extra help, but mostly, without the company of their wonderful daughters. :] We’ll expect them home sometime during the first couple of weeks of September.

Meanwhile, I’m trying to adjust back into the non-harvest life…the first few days back home are always so weird. It’s hard to explain but it’s like one day you’re living one lifestyle and then, literally the next day, you’re trying to live another. The transition happens so suddenly that it almost makes the past three months feel like a dream. It’s good to be home but at the same time, it’s hard to come to terms with the fact that harvest is over.

In summary, though, Zeorian Harvesting had a good run this summer. From Texas to Montana, we saw above-average wheat crops. I really can’t remember a past summer when, everywhere we went, people said it was one of the best crops they’d seen. It was exciting for the farmers we worked for and exciting for us. We have truly been blessed.

I want to thank the High Plains Journal for letting me be part of All Aboard this summer and, along with DuPont and our other sponsors, making All Aboard happen. The time invested, the planning, and the work that takes place behind the scenes is unbelievable! And it is has truly been a privilege to work with such amazing, talented, helpful and understanding people involved in all aspects of All Aboard – the blog, the print version for the Journal, social media sites, radio and newspaper interviews, promotions, etc.

I also want to thank you, the readers, for again making this summer a memorable one. Your support, encouragement and involvement with All Aboard has been overwhelming and amazing, and you have made it an experience I will never forget. Being able to share the past two summers with you has literally changed my life. Sorry if that’s cheesy, but it’s true.

I have no idea what the next year has in store for me, or whether or not I’ll be on the ol’ harvest run again next year – but I don’t really like thinking about that. So, for now, I’m going to celebrate making it through my 20th summer on the road and go bake a cake or something.

Here’s the second installment of sweet jumping pictures to sort of wrap up the summer – click here to see last year’s! Yeah, I’m a nerd. Enjoy.

Manley, NE

Before leaving home.

Hamlin, TX

First stop: Hamlin, Tex.

Hooker, OK

Second stop: Hooker, Okla.

Deerfield, KS

Third stop: Deerfield, Kan.

Limon, CO

Fourth stop: Limon, Colo.

Jordan, MT

Fifth stop: Jordan, Mont.

Jenna Zeorian can be reached at jenna@allaboardharvest.com. All Aboard 2010 Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.

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9 Comments
  • Your mom
    Posted at 06:30h, 21 August

    Last year when this was all over, I wrote this really long note spilling my guts with my emotions of the summer coming to an end. I won't do it again this year because I'm sure you get tired of hearing about it. What I do want you to know, though, is just how much I miss you guys! And just how blessed your dad and I have been the last 20 years to get to spend our summers with you in the way that so many have not. I hate to see the summer come to an end each year and I think it gets harder every year simply because I've come to understand just how precious the time we have together really is. I just can't imagine harvest without you guys – it definitely doesn't feel the same now. Thanks for teaching the rest of the world what harvesting is all about. I know they've enjoyed your writings and pictures – and so have I. I want you to know how proud I am of you and what you've done for our industry! I miss you and I love you!

    P.S. – you'll appreciate this. I had a note similar to this one (but probably better) but it disappeared when I tried to send it and lost the internet connection. Another great summer memory!

  • ricardo senteio rocon
    Posted at 19:13h, 21 August

    Sem comentários,vamos para a proxima colheita em 2011.

    Boa sorte na escola.

    Ricardo from Brazil.

  • Jamie
    Posted at 22:02h, 21 August

    great summer of articles again, sis. love you and glad to be able to follow the fam.

  • Iowa
    Posted at 02:20h, 22 August

    Add another season to the resume, Jenna. Enjoyed following along with you again this year……Ha guess we all sound cheesy now………

  • the combine dreamer
    Posted at 18:08h, 23 August

    just great job is your blogs Jenna

  • deerelover
    Posted at 23:05h, 24 August

    great job with your blogs this summer i really enjoyed reading them especially the ones out of colorado were i live and work on combines every day have fun in college and i hope you write next year go huskers

  • hussein
    Posted at 08:36h, 25 August

    hillo …i am hussein from (iraq)i wanna ask you some questions:
    1-is that all machins from combins & tractors&loader cars belloing your family ?
    2-are they harvest every year,when they start?
    3-how many man & wonmen work in the harvest ?
    4-what are you dowing in harvest driving or cokking or what?
    i am sorry ididnot read all your writting in this site>

  • Jerry
    Posted at 13:15h, 31 August

    Thanks for another year Jenna. Harvest for us wasn't so good in the McPherson, KS area but no one ever said farming is consistent. As for me, it's only the harvest since I have a full time job in Ohio and only work the harvest a few weeks a year. I did it during college oh-so-many-years ago and loved it. If I'd been given the chance I would have cut for a living. Loved it.
    I love the "jumping pictures" What ever got you started doing that? Pretty cool!

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