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  • Writer's pictureNatalie Ginnow

Traveling This Week

Since leaving Cheyenne Mountain State Park on September 15th, I visited some wonderful locations, enjoyed some fantastic food and drink, and had the most unique overnight stays.

I joined a service for campers called Harvest Hosts. This is a way for campers to stay at farms, breweries, wineries, museums and golf

country clubs. Campers pay a yearly membership

fee that allows them access to these locations.

Bookings can be made online after searching in the area you wish to camp.

There is no cost to stay, however it is suggested to purchase an item from the host business. ($20 is recommended.)

The Hosts have been welcoming, helpful, and friendly. My stays so far have been so peaceful and rejuvenating. Bella has enjoyed all the different locations and new smells. Her hunting instinct kicks in and she wants to chase everything. I keep her on a short leash. It makes it much more bearable for the cats, as well. They don't love it when the RV is moving, but they tolerate it. Short travel days and longer rest periods are better for us all.

The weather has been mostly clear. I've only dealt with two days of rain in the past ten days. The most problematic weather issue

has been the wind! A headwind or a tailwind isn't so bad, but a crosswind rocks the RV, and makes it difficult to drive and stay in your lane. Fighting the steering wheel in the wind really builds your arm muscles, but the tension in your body aches for days after.

I start workamping for the Sugar Beet Harvest on Monday. This is a weather- dependent

business. If its too warm or too cold, work is stopped. If it is raining or snowing, work is stopped. Too warm weather makes the beets rot in the pile. Too cold, the beets freeze. I may work for two weeks and be done, or it may take the whole month of October to finish the job.

These beets are not like the beets you eat for dinner. They are much larger, about the size of a coconut, and weight as much as a bowling ball. They are white, not red. They are processed to make sugar, and the leftover pulp is used to make feed. Even the dirt on the beets is recycled and sent back to the farm it came from! It's been interesting learning about sugar beets, and the companies that buy the sugar from them. Its used to make chocolate, whiskey, and also sold for table sugar.

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