Field Days of the Past 2012

Sunday, Tony and I rode our bikes out to meet Dad and go to Field Days of the Past. I haven’t been in years and the fair has gotten so big since the last time I went.

We got there and wandered through the exhibits first. Mostly we looked at all the engines (Tony was most excited about watching the sawmill work). We didn’t really go down by the road where the grocery or garage are, but hung up toward the “top” of the grounds.

We had BBQ near the tractor pull track for lunch and stuck around for a little while to watch them pull. One blue Ford tractor in particular, shiny and pretty, sounded like it didn’t want to stay running. I don’t think any of us expected it to do anything, but by the time we left, that Ford was still the longest-pulling tractor in its class (maybe of all classes, since the largest went first).

Just before we left, Tony and I decided to go on a couple of rides. I’d never been on a Ferris wheel and Tony talked me into going on a pirate ship ride. I don’t plan to try again – at least, not in the near future. After the pirate ship, I was worried about attempting another potentially terrifying experience. While the Ferris wheel wasn’t much fun at first, I was enjoying myself by the time the ride was over.

After the fair, we took the scenic route to Short Pump where we had dinner before we all went home.


Weekend Motorcycle Race

Welcome to Danville!

I meant to get this post up earlier this week, but between struggling to get pictures posted, forgotten tests, and unexpected trips, my week filled up quite quickly!

We got there well into the day (I had some errands to run in the morning), so we’d missed about half the races. Unfortunately, you don’t get a discount for getting there later (you get a discount for ordering them beforehand, though).

We really couldn’t tell the difference between the different classes, but for one of the classes, I looked at Tony and asked, “Do you suppose that’s a girl?” He said, “I was wondering the same thing.” I looked when we got home and, as it turns out, she is a girl. There was at least one other girl, but neither Tony nor I picked her out of the pack and I can’t seem to find her bike in the pictures.

One thing that really interested me was how easy it was to tell who the “amateurs” were and who the “experts” were just by watching them go around one corner. The “experts” were far better at slowing less and leaning the bikes waaaayyy over. 

Anyway, you have to admit, this picture makes you want to race. It did me, anyway. I tried to talk Tony into it, but at $500 for a weekend…. And then you get bit by the bug. Although I did argue that one of those classes would probably be really helpful for real-world riding!

See more pictures here.

Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour

This past Monday (Labor Day, as it turns out) was the Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour (which is put on by the Charlottesville City Market and/or Market Central, I’m not really clear on this). They asked for volunteers and for some reason, I thought it would be a good idea. They wanted people to man tents welcoming people to each farm and helping the farmer with whatever they asked (parking, tours, etc). I didn’t really want to work any of the farms I knew of, so I picked one that looked good at random (there were about four I thought I might be interested in).

I chose Free Union Grass Farm because it looked like it was similar to what I want out of my farm (when I get it) and because it’s not too far from us. It turned out to be an awesome choice.

I, along with the other girl who worked at the same farm, were asked to help park people and get them to sign in so the city market could get some idea of how many people attended. It was crazy! We were supposed to get there at 9:45 and the tour was supposed to start at 10:00. People started showing up at 9:50-ish and it didn’t slow down until after 12:30.

After I worked my shift, I picked up Tony (we got one free car pass for my volunteering, but not two) and we went back to the same farm and took the tour. Joel and Erica have an amazing set-up. As we were still touring, Tony and I were hanging back in the group and I told him, “This is what I want.”

I wrote to them the next day and we’re discussing opportunities for me to work for them and learn from them. It looks like things might come together and I’m incredibly excited.

I don’t have pictures because the camera on my phone stopped working a few months ago and I didn’t think to take the Canon. So you’ll just have to make do with the website and their Facebook page.

The bit in italics was added later in response to a comment.