stayed with our "mog buddies" Mark and Gail at their farm in
Herrin, IL. Mark and Gail have tons of great farm toys and
hunt their hounds.
The photos below are what we saw.
a large lake near Carbondale. The highway passes over the
Gail's farm has a large pond just behind the house. The
area is above a large underground coal mine.
"farm house" is beautiful.
recently got a nice U1400 for use on the farm.
has a nice front winch and implement mount.
good farm has to have several tractors. This tractor has
the mower deck attached.
Gail have a large kennel for their hunting hounds.
hounds are quite big, perhaps 75 lbs each.
There were a number of structures on the farm when they bought it. This barn is used for the horses.
treated to a tour of the local wineries. We came upon a
overlook that allowed a view of the local hills. The cross
on the hill is on the highest point in southern Illinois.
country continues south into Kentucky.
overlook was on an overhang in the local limestone formation.
born in the area and knows all the interesting sights. He
brought us to an unmarked, abandoned cemetery from the 1800s.
fellow's wife died at 25, which must have been tough.
interesting feature of tombstones of the era was showing the age
as opposed listing the birth date.
was more pronounced with limestone monuments.
the cemetery we went to the Blue Sky winery.
winery had a nice patio.
architecture emulated a European villa.
central building had a nice custom stained glass panel.
actual grape fields came right up to the central building.
surprisingly, the winery hosts weddings. Unlike
California, chairs have to be turned over to prevent pooling of
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