Dinner consisted of the following: Alligator, Camel, Emu, Elk, Wild Boar, Kangaroo, Frogs Legs and some spuds for good measure. Everything was delicious….and a lot tasted like chicken! So, what does chicken really taste like?


Plate 1

Plate 2

More fall activities

Today almost all of us visited Marini Farm Stand in Ipswich MA. The highlight was getting completely lost in the corn maze.

The optimistic maze trotters about to head where hundreds have failed before.

JMan choosing an entry point. To made matters worse I left my glasses in the car. So even with a good map…like the one behind JMan I could not see it anyways.

The tape changes colors depending on how lost you are, but green means you were almost out. Spoiler alert….we did not find the green tape.

Everyone tried a turn at leading including Koda.

JMan with our “get me the frig out of here flag”, which I might add we did not use.

Your very lost tour guides.

JMan gets in a hug.

After 20 or so of wandering around I decided to backtrack out of the yellow area and back into the blue area as thats the color at the start. The boy scout in me followed the sun and a few minutes later we popped out in the same place we started. Did we cheat…sure, but hot cider and donuts far out rank the Iowa feeling.

JMan and Jess get in a little rest on one huge chair.

Potato cannon….

Mine turn…I managed one hit at about 4:30 on what looked like a 6 foot square target at 35 yards. Not bad and I’m definitely going to look into building one of these puppies. No AFT stamp required and legal in all 50 states.

Quick run on the giant slide…

And who said kids have all the fun. BTW adults go faster as gravity has more to work with!

Gangs all here selfie.

This week random…..

JMan gets in a late evening swim before school starts back up.

Koda looking good on the trail.

Hmm mom, not so sure I like these limey things!

Red Apple Farm

Family day out at the Red Apple Farm in Phillipston MA. If was a serious effort the pry the offspring away from electronic simulation but the threat of bodily harm and the chance of getting cider donuts convinced them to leave the cave and venture into the big blue yonder.

40 minutes later we were in banjo land surrounded by lots of good looking animals and a few humans that looked like they spent way too much time in the boonies.

Koda on the other hand was in heaven. Lots of love from all manner of folks, big small, some with 4 legs and tails.

We managed to stay away from the fried dough and cider belly bombs. It was touch and go for a few when I could not find coffee at 3pm, but one of the many workers pointed me toward my salvation. No ice coffee but I made use of my double cup and found ice….so ice and coffee make…well you get the picture.

GMan had a little father/son challenge flipping tires the local Cross fit folks had on hand. I took the bigger of the two we had and still managed 8.5 flips in 30 seconds….GMan got me by .5….thats 1/2 a flip. Not bad for an old fart. We did however set a new record which stood for the remainder of the afternoon. I’m fairly certain my body will remind me of that event in the am.

During the toss…I’m the gray headed one in the background….incase you mixed us up. Hard to believe GMan is almost as tall as me.

I managed a hand slap in public from GMan after….bonus points for almost self inducing a heart attack.

Jess and Koda hit the pumpkin patch.

Joined by JMan…

JMan on the other hand decided to try a tractor pull….meaning he pulled the tractor. He got off to a great start as it was a slight grade in his favor, but when gravity went against him it was tractor 1 – JMan 0. Good effort up until the end, I was a tad concerned he’d bust a ring on the final pull.

We saw all types of animals, some with better hair than many of the rubberneckers on the outside of the fences….or was it really the inside! In any event the Alpacas won best hair in my books.

My dear you look marvelous!

Everyone had a wonderful day and we only brought home the remainder of 1/2 an apple pie that GMan and I put a serious dent in….come on now, flipping tires is hard work!

Your friendly tour guides.

Fell off the rails…

I fell off the rails for a few weeks. Here’s a few photos to keep you all amused.

Koda keeping an eye on the trail.

And wondering how to get at the water during our evening hike.

Interesting railing idea. Looks like 4″ spacing so it will pass inspection!

Calling the flock, North Church – Portsmouth NH

A different sort of calling…the draw of water.

Got some dirt on the tires

About a month in the new place it’s finally shaping up. After work today I decided to not work all evening on the apartment but instead go for a bike ride.

Found my shoes and put a little air in the tires and headed to Boxborough Trail Link-Up. I ended up in two back yards and only managed the first segment along 495….but going and coming from back yard accounts for something…..right?

It rained hard while I was in the trees, but it so felt good to cool off, however, it make the trail very slick. Speaking of which…its all single track with rocks, roots and other obstacles. Manageable enough for an old timer like me.

I would have snapped a few photos but decided my phone was better off in the zip lock bag given how hard it was raining. Word of caution….this is most definitely not a trail for the Paddock loner bikes.

The above is not my image (its off the inserted link), nor did I find this location as I was far too busy getting out of people’s back yards! The part I found was fun.