The USS Oklahoma 1943 Salvage operation. Some human feats are amazing.
We started traveling long ago. We never seem to tire of seeing new places or return visits to special places. One thing we learned fairly quickly was each state and some counties have higher gasoline prices than others. We lived just a few miles north of the South Carolina border. SC always has had cheaper gas prices.
Once just on the NY/NJ border we saw a gasoline price 10 cents cheaper than we had seen in Roundout Valley, NY. Sooo I drove the ½ mile off the interstate. Got out, reset the pump and started to pump. STOP I heard in a nice voice, I will do that. The attendant pumped my gas. I was surprised, I haven’t had that happen since my youth. I didn’t realize I had crossed the NY/NJ line.
SEE FACTS USA FACTS BELOW!
Being southerners, something else we learned by traveling, everything above the Mason Dixon line ‘ain’t big buildings and concrete!’ I was even pleased to learn that NYC isn’t NY State. There is lots of farm land and country, rivers and mountains (not really big, but mountains) in the rest of the state.
I remember parking the RV in the Dakotas once in view of a huge field. One BIG lone tractor was making a round ‘turning the soil.’ I knew that was the first step to ready a field for planting. The old crop is ‘turned under’ leaving a field ready for a cultivator to smooth the rough field the turning leaves in its wake.
Now, I am not a farmer, but I did learn something from dad and friend Kenneth Conrad (Missouri farmer). I was familiar with farm fields from an acre to ten acres. I sat and watched this huge tractor plowing a TWENTY FOOT PATH! In one day he made only one pass plus a little around that GIANT field. It was way over 100 acres. WOW.
At the end of the day he left the tractor in its tracks and rode a little 4 wheeler (that was on the tractor) off the field to go home.
My dad farmed with two mules was my thoughts. How in the world could someone farm BIG with a team of mules? Traveling is an education in itself.