I’ve written before about the fun of going on weekly ‘field trips’ and checking out a museum or taking a behind-the-scenes tour. One of the benefits of a FIRE lifestyle is having the time to go experience – and learn about things – you wouldn’t have had time for when you were working.
Today, I’m taking a very literal ‘field trip’ down to Iowa and into a very real corn field. A buddy of mine from college days helps his farmer friend bring in the harvest every autumn. It’s quite an efficient operation with a big combine, a tractor and grain carts, and two semi trucks working in concert to take the corn from the stalk to the local elevator.
This is an encore field trip for me. I did the same trip two years ago in November. I loved it because it was a great chance to meet up with my buddy and learn about how a big farm works first hand. It’s a world apart from living in a big metro area and working in the MegaCorp office every day, despite having worked for a big, multinational food company for many years.
Last time I was down to this farm, they even let me take a few passes across the field driving this giant combine myself. I love to drive anything with an engine so I’ll be ready for that!
The one downside is that it will be chilly today. The forecast is a cold, snowy 21 degrees with a sharp breeze across the unprotected fields. That said, I’m sure I’ll be warm with some interesting memories on the way home tonight!
Anyone else go on an interesting behind-the-scenes tour or ‘field trip’ recently?
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