17 Aug Jenna: Big Sky Country
Reason one: when I posted last Monday, Zeorian Harvesting had basically just finished the move from Limon, Colo., to Jordan, Mont., and started cutting. Since then, we’ve already finished in Jordan and moved to a job farther west, near Lewistown, Mont.
Years ago, Jordan was the biggest stop on our route. We used to cut in Jordan so long that when my older sister, Jamie, and I were in elementary school, we would start school there and transfer back to our school in Nebraska once finished. One year, we were there until October – I actually remember not only breaking out our winter coats but actually seeing snow flakes, too.
As the years have gone by, though, the number of acres to cut have dwindled. Many farmers have bought their own combines and the weather has also played a key role. This year, for example, too much moisture prevented spring wheat from being planted and hail also claimed a number of acres. It’s crazy to think that a stop that used to take months now only takes a few days.
Whirlwind week, reason two: in a matter of just a couple of days, myself, Jamie and Jamie’s husband, Curt, traveled almost 2,000 miles – to Jordan and back, that is. Because my younger sisters, Taylor and Callie, start school this week, the three of us went to Jordan to pick them up and bring them home.
We left home (near Omaha, Neb.) last Wednesday evening and arrived in Jordan on Thursday. We had hopes of catching harvest in action but missed it by about a day. So the family spent Friday and Saturday doing some things we don’t normally do – going to the county fair, driving to the lake and spending time with friends.
On Sunday, the “kids” left Jordan – and the parents. We made the 900-mile, 15-hour drive home (holy smokes, long day!), while Mom and Dad moved to the next stop near Lewistown. They’ll have to fend for themselves for the next couple of weeks, until it’s time to head home.
Here are a few photos from our trip and short stay in Jordan.
We barely missed harvest in Jordan – the combine was even still in the field.
Hell Creek, which is part of Fort Peck Lake, is about 25 miles north of Jordan.
A family portrait – in a sense.
Jenna can be reached at Zeorian@allaboardharvest.com. All Aboard 2011 is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.