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Laura: Vast

Southeast Colorado: The other day I was delivering meals to the field and struck up a conversation with a few of the crew members. Our team comes from different parts of the world and this year the United States, United Kingdom, and Netherlands are represented in the lineup. It is neat to learn more about where they’re from but also fun to hear their opinions about the places we cut.

High Plains Harvesting 2018The guys joking around during lunch. Photo credit: Laura

You already know that the High Plains is one of my favorite regions to harvest. The wide-open spaces, sparse population and wind-swept prairies are just beautiful to me and calming to my soul. I like to hear about what other’s think about the area that’s the name sake to the company, and on this day, Tom replied with something to the effect of, “It is VAST.”

High Plains Harvesting 2018Vast is a great word for it! Photo credit: Laura

Hight Plaints Harvesting 2018An old tractor abandoned in the yard. However, it is not “that” old! See more below! Photo credit: Laura

Tom comes to us from Yorkshire, United Kingdom. He explains that “Yorkshire” is like a state here in the US. He is from a farm that is a livery yard for horses. He noted one thing different about here and there is when we talk about “old” in the US, its not that old. For instance, the house his family occupies is from 1669. The building that houses the local pub is from 1307! He was kind enough to share some pictures with me, so I could learn more about his home country. He was willing to let me share them with you as well! Thanks, Tom!

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Tom’s home was built in 1669! Photo credit: Tom

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Isn’t the countryside beautiful?  Photo credit: Tom

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Another view of the countryside. Photo credit: Tom

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Love the lighting in this one! Photo credit: Tom

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What a lovely water scene! Photo credit: Tom

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This is the town of Knaresborough. It looks like a scene that could be on a postcard! Don’t you want to visit? Suddenly the town’s website experiences unusually high traffic with searches by All Aboard Readers… Photo credit: Tom

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This is Bolsover Castle. You can learn more about it here. Photo credit: Tom

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This is York Minister Cathedral. The website states it has been a Christian center for northern England since the 7th century. Photo credit: Tom

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  • Terry Nanninga
    Posted at 21:28h, 06 July

    When we traveled in Europe it made you realize how young and vast the United States are.

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 14:03h, 08 July

      Travel changes everything! 🙂

  • Rhonda Alexander
    Posted at 11:55h, 07 July

    What an awesome experience visiting with your crew! Tell Tom thanks for sharing his homeland, it’s quite beautiful. Makes one want to travel there! Thanks for sharing with us SW KS folks!

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 14:01h, 08 July

      Maybe you should travel there one day, Rhonda! 🙂

  • Rob
    Posted at 16:35h, 07 July

    A Pub from 1307! Wow!!! Here in Pennsylvania I thought 1750’s Taverns we’re old!

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 14:00h, 08 July

      Right!?! 🙂

  • Mark Philip Martinez
    Posted at 14:59h, 08 July

    I live in Seattle but want to see wheatfields on the Great Plains in full glory. What is the best time to visit?

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 13:04h, 09 July

      Hi Mark. I just depends on where you want to visit. Each location is unique. Kansas is nearing completion, northeast Colorado and western Nebraska are in full swing now. Harvest will move to Montana and the Dakotas soon. Safe travels.