I guess we'll start out with the out house...the old one that has seen many moons over the last 100 years has dilapidated to the point where it just wasn't feasible to try and salvage so...we built the new one at home in Indiana in a fashion that made it possible to knock it down and then transport it up to the farm and quickly re-assemble it there. It went pretty well with some assistance from Cosmic Ray and his son Nate who showed up Saturday night and then stayed most of Sunday to help out around the farm.
Saturday morning...it was another beautiful day but as you can see there was plenty to get done besides the mowing....
Susie was a bit concerned about "TICKS" so she covered up pretty good with all kinds of extra precautionary apparel and got on the mower and started after the tall grasses....she enjoyed the mowing so much that I had to almost drag her off it...
This is how the Lodge looked after we installed the front door and Susie finished the mowing...
After Coz and Nate headed for home we took some time out and drove "Around the Block"...the Zion Brethren Cemetery is pretty much straight West from the Lodge...it's where my great Grandpa and Grandma Kesler (who homesteaded to Cando from Indiana in the late 1800's) are buried
Hello,I just returned home from the Kesler reunion held in Tyner Indiana. My great grandfather was J. O. Kesler, brother to J.D. Kesler...this is how an email started out from my newly discovered relative, Greg Aldrich. I have never even really thought about my great grandfather having brothers and sisters before...however now I would like to learn more about the Keslers from Indiana so hopefully someday we will get to meet Greg and his family and also it would be a great happening to have them come up to the lodge someday.
Also buried there are my Grandpa and Grandma McIntyre...Grandma was a Kesler before my Grandpa changed her name...they lived on the farm for most of their lives.
We also stopped and visited with Delbert and Beverly Lewellan...he fixed me up with some ice cream and showed me about the house...they live North and West of the farm about 2 miles as the crow flies. My dad (when he was young) came up during the summers months from Iowa to work for Delbert so they have been friends of the family for many years.
When we left Lewellan's we turned West on the first road North and we saw for the first time the lodge from that direction...the little patch of yellow is a Canola field in bloom.

Sunday morning Susie cooked breakfast...it was our first breakfast there and we had some guests to boot. Babe Belzer (who is a cousin of my mom) and her son Tom who manages a rather large farm in Cando...Cosmic Ray and Nate also. Susie used the camp kitchen and stove to brew up plenty of coffee and bacon and eggs...Babe brought out some cookies and banana bread so nobody left hungry...

Here's a picture of the Lodge as we last saw it before we headed back home to Indiana....we are hopeful to be back in October with a crew to get some serious work done....more later