This past weekend my Uncle Dan, my cousin Andrea, and myself went up to Alto, Michigan to visit my cousin Kasi and her daughter Amy. We left Illinois around 430AM (central time) Saturday morning so that we could have most of the day Saturday to spend with Kasi, Amy, and the Steffens who are like parents to Kasi up there. Once we got there we had brunch and sat around and talked for awhile.
Here's a couple photos from early in the day:
Yup, that's my cousin!
Amy helping herself to whatever was in Andrea's purse
We went to where the Kaeb's were working on their greenhouse. While we were there Amy decided she wanted some exercise so she started doing pull-ups (with just a teeny bit of help from me):
Next we stopped at a pie place and we all got a slice of pie. After that it was off to a spot where some folks were making maple syrup. It was kind of neat to see how it was done again as it had been a long time since I had seen it made:
The sap buckets:
I tried a drop of the sap straight out of the tree but it was pretty bland
the sugar shack
I never realized that watching cows being milked was so humorous!
Then, out comes the actual milkers. The robot arm brings them to the general region of the udder
Using lasers, the machine finds the teats and the four teat cups are suctioned to the teat. Here, we are halfway there:
Now we're done and the cow is being milked while munching away on its food. When the cow is finished being milked, the teat cups disconnect from the cow, a gate by her head opens and she walks out.
It was pretty slick the way it all worked. I had never seen anything like it before!
Here are a few photos taken after church on Sunday:
Amy, Andrea, and I
Here's a couple featuring Uncle Dan, Amy, Kasi, Derek, myself, and Andrea. Derek is one of the Steffen's boys and is like a brother to Kasi.
And finally, Kasi and I like to have a photo taken of ourselves when we're together. Like Kasi said, the trip wouldn't count if we didn't have our picture taken together.