Barns Off the Beaten Path

We were treated to a quintessential fall day last Saturday - bright sun, a bit of wind and downright crisp temperatures. It is Fall, after all [I know, after 80degF on Thursday, 50 degF feels a bit chilly, especially with that northerly wind].

I dropped off my daughter at the horse barn, was listening to the college football game on the radio and decided to venture off my normal route, onto the untraveled (by me, anyways) country roads.

The country roads here are numbered - County Road 1400 North, County Road 1250 East, for example. When these roads cross into the city limits, they are renamed to something more "personable", like Main Street or Washington Ave. Since we live in the city limits, we know the roads from their city names, not their generic county road designation. Not that it really matters - everything is arranged in a grid heading north-south or east-west. So I knew I wouldn't get lost in a cornfield in the middle of nowhere as I turned off my normal route...

And what did I pass by? Some cool barns - barns I've admired from a distance ('cause on the prairie, you can see forever) and barns I'd never seen before. I even ran across a cemetery, but I'm saving that for Halloween....

This barn had a Historic Farm sign at the foot of the driveway. I didn't stop long enough to read it thoroughly, but I think this farm has been in operation for over 100 years.



Growing up, I thought all barns were red. Now I know better - white seems to be the most common around here.
Little and Big

Of course, there is that classic white and red, too:

I'm glad I took that little diversion - a mere 10 minutes on a perfect fall day.

Linked to Barn Charm, of course!

Mari  – (October 29, 2012 at 7:51 PM)  

You found some great barns! I think my favorite is the last shot!

~Lavender Dreamer~  – (October 29, 2012 at 7:55 PM)  

What wonderful photos! I love the big white barn with it's tattered roof! Gorgeous! It looks like it could stand any weather.

Rose  – (October 29, 2012 at 8:49 PM)  

These were well worth the detour to get them. Really like that last shot...just the corner. Something about it is really appealing to me.

Bev  – (October 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM)  

Wonderful character in those barns!1

tinajo  – (October 30, 2012 at 4:04 AM)  

I love barns, the white ones are very pretty though it would be unusual here in Sweden (most are red).

Elizabeth Edwards  – (October 30, 2012 at 7:10 AM)  

oh, i love both scenes. my favorite is the white barn. love the red accents. so great!! so glad you linked up this week. big hugs. (:

Amy Burzese  – (October 30, 2012 at 8:41 AM)  

All great! I especially like the white one with red.

Anonymous –   – (October 30, 2012 at 5:23 PM)  

Beautiful, open flat land! You certainly found some charming barns!

Jori  – (October 31, 2012 at 9:52 AM)  

Fabulous! I adore white barns. Isn't exploring country roads the best. Here they are all numbered farm roads. I know when I start done a Farm Road, I am going to find something awesome!

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