Monday, September 3, 2007
The suggested objective of the Labor Day ride was to find and photograph old barns. There are a number of interesting looking barns in the Sanger vicinity and the decoration scheme for the new house apparently includes placing an arrangement of barn photos on the wall. So today's effort was what we call a barn hunt. The photo above was what we call unanticipated beauty.
The first barn found was a old timber barn with a corrugated metal roof that had a nice rust pattern. It was set low and off the road a short distance in some high grass. It looked quite at-home as if it were comfortably nested in place. This might be a pretty good prospect.
The second barn was one previously spotted from the interstate. Today's ride afforded the opportunity to check it out up close. With its opening clear through, the side window, trees, and fencing, it did not disappoint. This might be another pretty good prospect.
The third prospect was coincidentally located at the turnaround point. At the stop for a water fill-up and a quick snack, I couldn't help notice this specimen. It is perhaps the most interesting of them all. It has character, numerous features and details the others do not and seems to still be in active use. That seems to add a certain charm as well. I'm not sure if this one is going to make the final cut, but there is no question that it takes the "most unique" prize of the day.
It was a great morning adventure on new roads and routes. The number of lightly traveled roads in this area continues to amaze.