Tag: WI (Page 1 of 2)

Drop a fallen Tree

A Poplar tree snapped in the wind and was hanging over the driveway. We used the Skidster to pull the tree down and then chopped it up for firewood.

Barry and Terry

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Truck Updates

On Friday, we took the truck to Radco for updates. We removed the RetraxPro MX Tonneau cover and replaced it with a Leer 180 Cap and Truck Bed Slide. For the slide, we got the 1,000 Pound XL version that has full extension (thanks for the advice, Stuart!!). We also go the Leer Locker, which can hold 100lbs up close to the ceiling.

We have not purchased new eBikes yet, but when we do, they will be folding and go into the truck bed.

We have significantly increased our truck storage and may have improved the aerodynamics when pulling the trailer.

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Site Improvement

On Saturday, we worked on getting our site level by bringing in 2 truckloads of gravel and having it graded level.

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July: Hudson / New Richmond

Pam and I arrived back in Hudson / New Richmond on July 4th. We are staying with Pam’s mom, and the Airstream is at Barry and Sue Boardman’s place.

Barry and I built an RV site on his land with a nice view overlooking the fields. Barry did a great job pulling electrical power and water to the site. We now have a home for our trailer whenever we return to the area.

We will be “Home” for the month of July, visiting friends and family, golfing and preparing our new trailer for our full-time adventures. Next up: Cascadia Tour starting on August 14th in Idaho.

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Thomas Stone Barn

On our way back to Hudson / New Richmond, we stopped at the Thomas Stone Barn in Barneveld, WI. The barn / homestead from Pam’s family and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Pam’s cousin Doug Thomas lives and manages the farm.

Not only did we visit, but Doug needed help to unload the hay he bailed the day before. We all pitched in to get the job done.

The Prairie Enthusiasts acquired this property from Doug Thomas, whose family has owned the property for four generations since purchased in 1860. The property includes a historic barn, which is on the National Register and State Register of Historic Places. The land is just north of 79 acres The Nature Conservancy purchased from Harold Thomas, Doug Thomas’s father, in 1997. In 2005 the Driftless Area Land Conservancy purchased a conservation and historic preservation easement from the Thomas family to permanently protect the 190-acre Thomas farm and historic barn.

Most of the land is open to the public for hiking, hunting and wildlife watching. Mr. Doug Thomas retained a life estate on 11.2 acres that include the Thomas home, historic barn and other farm buildings, and this land is not yet open to the public.

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