All Aboard Wheat Harvest Laura HaffnerBrush!, Colorado—One of the fun things I’ve found about harvest is the opportunity to “live” in other towns. Obviously, “live” has to be used loosely because sometimes its only for a couple of days, but sometimes we end up staying for weeks. The longer the stay, the more acclimated we become.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes in my life, it can be easy to get caught up in the day to day activities at home/town/our business and things sometimes seem to become routine and business as usual. Being on the road like this causes me to shift priorities and look at the world through a different lens. Meeting new people and trying new things helps expand my horizons and makes us have a deeper appreciation for areas outside our own and even deepens my appreciation for the area where we come from.

Each town along our stop has been very pleasant and had something nice to offer. Brush! was no exception. Yes, you have to use the “!” It is their “thing” and seemed very fitting. From the time we arrived, it seems that everyone engaged us with a welcoming spirit.  Everyone I encountered was so friendly and several people even invited us to their personal events or town activities. I discovered that one of the other moms and her family come to Hays a couple times a year so we may get a chance to reconnect.

I’ve said before I try to make our stops as “normal” as possible for family life in between all of our harvest responsibilities. Our location was a harvest mom’s dream because all of the activities we wanted to do, aside from grocery shopping, were within walking or jogging distance! Since we spend so much time in a vehicle, the last thing we want to do is get back in one if we can use our own energy to motor around!

It is a testament to the town and people when we can say, “This is a place we could live!”  Below are some of the fun or delicious things that Brush (or surrounding area) had to offer while we were in town.

HPH - July 2015

HPH - July 2015

We were invited to the chamber of commerce picnic, so we braved the rain sprinkles and are so glad we did. What a great cookout the area organizations and businesses put on!   The band was entertaining too! 

HPH - July 2015

HPH - July 2015

Brush Area Museum and Cultural Center offered nice displays about the history of the area! 

The public library had great programming, books, and educational toys that rivaled or exceeded much larger locations. Touch a truck, a petting zoo, toys, leather crafting, story time complete with music, sign language, and crafts are just a few of the things we enjoyed while there not to mention their friendly staff. 

HPH - July 2015

HPH - July 2015

I make breakfast burritos at home but have never smothered them.  I had the opportunity to try these in both Brush and Fort Morgan. I’m in love. If any of you have a tried and true smothered breakfast burrito recipe, please send it my way!

On a side note, I want to give a little shout out to the farm couple from Indiana who stopped in when we were cutting in the Brush! area. We regret we were not available to visit with you at the time you stopped, but it sounds like Kirby had a nice time chatting with you. May you continue to have safe travels and a fun trip. Thanks for your interest in AAWH!

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