We adventured across Iowa & Minnesota yesterday, leaving Omaha early in the morning for a long day of meetings and driving.

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Iowa has lots of windmills.  Just one of these bad boys can produce enough power for 500 homes.  That’s a lot.

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We got to Audubon a little early so we stopped at the Chatterbox Cafe.

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I just adore small towns.

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The customer we went to see apparently likes Chevy.  I personally have zero opinion about truck brands, but I know it’s a thing.

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Hog barns are everywhere in Iowa.

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There’s another.

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And another.  I’ve gotten pretty good at spotting them from a distance.

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Then we stopped to look at a barn layout for a Pro Sort system customer.

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Saw some vintage round feeders hanging out looking pretty.

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I was successfully able to identify the above piece of machinery, even though I had never seen one up close.  I have a lot to learn about the hog industry (more on that in a future post), so I was pretty proud of myself.

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This farmer raises hogs in confinement facilities as well as some inside/outside penned sows.

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These girls were enjoying some sunshine.

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Can’t get enough of that blue sky.  It was a beautiful day.

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We saw cows!  We made a quick stop to see a customer who also raises cattle.  It’s not unusual, but we usually don’t see the cows.

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Pigs will come over to see what you’re doing, but these guys were not very interested in me.

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They kept their distance.  Can’t blame them, since I didn’t bring snacks.

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We drove to  dinner and our hotel in evening light, passing a field of windmills blowing like flowers in the wind.