Five Places I'm Glad I've Been

My Generation

Getting off the farm, out of the township and maybe even across the pond: turns out, it's highly valuable.

Published on: November 18, 2013

1. The Edwards County Fair. It feels like home. I'd go back in a heartbeat but a) it's the same week as my (new) home fair and b) it wouldn't be the same. And that's the way it should be.

2. Sweden. It was eye opening. It changed my perspective on the world. And on my country. All in a good way.

3. Banff National Park. As a naïve 18-year-old, I traveled to Canada as part of a world trade mission for Shorthorns. I kid. I was a Lassie queen and the Canadians invited us up for their national show and junior nationals. But it was a blast. And Banff is breathtaking.

Image design by Erin Ehnle, Keeping It Real: Through the Lens of a Farm Girl. Shes going places, too.
Image design by Erin Ehnle, Keeping It Real: Through the Lens of a Farm Girl. She's going places, too.

4. Tucson, Arizona. I traveled there as a college student with the ag alumni staff. I got to see a part of the world that was not, in the very wise words of Lynette Marshall, "an agricultural economy." Kids from the Midwest need to see that, even if they know it exists peripherally.

5. Washington, D.C. I spent a summer there in college. The job was not hard; getting to the job was hard. As my witness, in all your years of living, you have never seen someone so intimidated by a public transportation system. ("Was that a stop? Or a pause?")  But it was an exhilarating world. Dizzying with power and the jockeying to access power. And I was but a lowly intern.


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