We had a beautiful day with too much to do, so we got out of the house and went to check out a place we'd never been to before- the swinging bridge in Galesville. I haven't spent much time in Galesville- just have driven through to a yarn shop that we like to visit on occasion. We weren't sure where to go, but found the park that I remembered that it was attached to and started to walk-
The "cave" we found along the way- Emi told me she saw "scary eyes" in it...
We finally found the bridge! It was much longer than I had anticipated and the kids were much more excited than I had thought as well!
Unpovoked love for the baby... Guess we know who everyone's FAVORITE is??
My little hiking buddy
We also stopped at the apple orchard on the way home. They have a big green tractor out front that Pete usually comments on- so I said we could try and get a ride today. Of course the tractor wasn't there, but we walked back into the orchard to see if we could find it and just hitch a ride back. I was just about to say- I don't see it-- too bad-- when Pete piped up- I SEE IT! I see the roof of the tractor. Sure enough, just over the knoll you could see the flat green roof of the tractor against the green grass. We hustled up there and found an empty row and got a jostling ride back to our car.
We went for our bike trip to the Elroy Sparta bike trail. This year, we made it further than we had before with all of the kids along- but still not quite far enough to make it to the next town for ice cream... maybe next year. As you can see, it was pretty chilly out anyhow- especially after it had been nearly 100* the day before at the tractor show!
Peter rode the whole way on his trail-a-bike and Emi took a break from the trailer on her scoot bike as well. Lainey as usual, was a trooper.
We saw a flier at the grocery store for a farm show that wasn't far from our house. After Joan (our neighbor) gave us free butons to get in, we called grandpa Dan, made a date and headed up to see some tractors!
Peter surprised us all and got to/wanted to participate in a kiddie pedal-pull. He did a great job and had a lot of fun pulling!
They also had a little bakery there with homemade cinnamon rolls, cookies and milk. That, along with watching the polka band and the polka dancers- might have been Emi's favorite part!!!
Petey, of course, loved walking up and down the rows and rows of tractors- looking at the old and new, orange and GREEN ones.
The kids got to go for a tractor ride that lasted well over 5 minutes! They went all over the grounds and loved every minute of it!
This also might have been Emelia's favorite- there was a little petting zoo with pygmy goats, a donkey and a little horse. Before she would leave, she had to go back and give each animal one last pet.