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Re: East Coast Meet & Greet (Formerly VA Meet & Greet)
« Reply #60 on: November 14, 2021, 06:51:58 PM »
Thanks for having us over Eric, I had a great time. It was nice to meet some fellow Forestry Forum members, the only other members I've met before this are Southside and Wudman.
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« Reply #61 on: November 14, 2021, 08:09:05 PM »
The meet and greet ws a great start to my first weekend off in several months. Eric had some very good food and I throughly enjoyed the conversation with everyone who was there.  Spent last night oceanside on the 6th floor of a nice hotel and then traveled down the outer banks to Avon today. Another night in a decent hotel with a beachside view and back home tomorrow.  Thank you Eric for the excuse to take some much needed time off. 
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Re: East Coast Meet & Greet (Formerly VA Meet & Greet)
« Reply #62 on: November 15, 2021, 08:12:48 AM »
Thanks to everyone who came near and far.  We had a great time!  The wind didn't cooperate for a spell there, but overall the weather was nice.

Kailey and I were happy to host such nice and gracious people.  I've been sharing all the thank you posts with her.

Lots of good conversations and new friendships forged, which is what its all about.  Its amazing how easy it is for people to get to talking when they have a few solid things in common.

One common theme I kept hearing was that my yard is too small LOL

Turnip was happy to see everyone leave, but we weren't...maybe we'll do an encore performance next year.

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Re: East Coast Meet & Greet (Formerly VA Meet & Greet)
« Reply #63 on: November 15, 2021, 08:44:59 AM »
What is this "other forum" thing mentioned here? I am confused.  :D
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Re: East Coast Meet & Greet (Formerly VA Meet & Greet)
« Reply #64 on: November 15, 2021, 09:11:29 AM »
What is this "other forum" thing mentioned here? I am confused.  :D


There is only one forum to rule them all!  LOL
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Re: East Coast Meet & Greet (Formerly VA Meet & Greet)
« Reply #65 on: November 15, 2021, 04:00:02 PM »
   OK, I just accessed some of our pictures from this trip.


 

 

Sunrise pictures at Va Beach from our 7th floor hotel balcony before the get together.


Beach pictures later in the morning 

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Is this the supply chain problem people keep talking about?


There are nice seafood places around. This was view out of window at lunch as I ate my fried oysters, Sweet potato waffle fries, hush puppies and cole slaw at Decoys Cafe. If you go to the bathroom you have to know if you are a "Hen" or a "Drake".


At our friends house next door at her daughter's house they are picking cotton. This guy is bushogging down the stalks after the cotton is picked. 

 The machine on the left is compacting the cotton into bales about 25' long X 8' tall X 10-12 ft wide.

This is the tractor/combine/cotton picker coming in with a load to dump in the hopper to be baled. 

He's pulled up beside the second machine to do something. 

He's emptying a load into the press machine. 

Picking cotton. 

Another view. 

A finished bale. Two guy started the cover on the far end and it fed out of the press as the driver pulled forward. The farmer had to use a ladder to reach these corners and pull them over the bale. I saw round bales similar but bigger than round bales of hay but I understand that is a newer kind of machine. It rolls the bale of cotton in a wrapper and leaves the sides open.

   Farmers here are also picking soybeans and I saw what appears to be winter wheat already planted and sprouted. Farming is a very big business here. In the past I've been here when they were growing peanuts, watermelons and corn.
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« Reply #66 on: November 16, 2021, 07:16:18 AM »
Nice pics Howard.  I really like the oceanfront in the off season.  It might be chilly, and you're not putting your chair and umbrella out, but there's no one around.  Nice and quiet.

I love a good Ford tractor.  Nice looking unit.

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Re: East Coast Meet & Greet (Formerly VA Meet & Greet)
« Reply #67 on: November 17, 2021, 09:07:32 PM »
Eric,

  Thanks again for hosting the meeting. We got back about dark last night and had a blast with you and your wife and the rest of the members and guests who showed up.

  I envy you guys there when I see those tall straight SYP trees growing everywhere. You guys have other species we don't see much up here like sweetgum and holly and such. My wife also got some neat pictures of a cypress swamp which is apparently the water reservoir for Norfolk. The guys over in Windsor and Suffolk and Smithfield and such have some serious swamps and I'd be nervous coon hunting and such in them. Then there are the huge beautiful farms in the area. It was great to get good seafood meals again. I loved seeing some of the old homes in the area.

  We took I-64 straight east going and US 460 on the return route and passed through lots of interesting historical and other sites. We passed closed to Charlottesville where the Walton's house is an attraction and Mountain View Va where Dirty Dancing was filmed.
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« Reply #68 on: November 18, 2021, 08:30:55 AM »
You're welcome Howard.  I was so glad you and Becky were able to make it and make a fun getaway out of it.

There's some neighborhoods opposite my side of Great Neck Rd with some really nice SYP.  Got my hands on some recently that you probably saw stacked on my milling table.  Nice looking and smelling wood.

Charlottesville is a really nice area.  Kailey and I like most of Nelson County and have made many trips out there in the last 10 years.  Great wineries, cideries and breweries as we are into that sort of thing.

Glad to hear you are home safely.

Maybe we can do it again next year if people would like.


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