Kip’s Comments 11-29-19

Hide and Seek at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm - Image DS3_0143 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Continuing a Family Tradition

For as many years as I can remember, at least as long as we have had grandkids, our families have spent a part of the Friday morning after Thanksgiving searching for the perfect Christmas tree. Actually, the tradition is much more than that. Beginning on Thanksgiving night, the grandkids stay at our house, we get up early, look for birds (bald eagles) during the drive to Wapsie Pines Christmas Farm, play many games of hide and seek among the hundreds of trees, and then we fell our chosen tree. Again during the drive home we search for wildlife to discuss and photograph (when possible).     

Due to weather conditions, this year’s participants of our family tradition were short by one family as they opted to return to their home before the forecasted freezing rain and drizzle arrived. I can’t blame them for that decision. I think I too would have done what I could to avoid challenging driving. Hopefully next year we will have a full house again.       

Following are pictures of the two bald eagles we found near an eagle nest along the Wapsipinicon River during the drive to the Christmas Tree Farm.     

Adult Bald Eagle on Utility Pole - Image 600079 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle on Utility Pole – Image 600079 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle on Utility Pole - Image 600102 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle on Utility Pole – Image 600102 (© Kip Ladage)

 

There were long lines of vehicles waiting to enter Wapsie Pines. Below is a photo of the line of tree hunters and another picture of us having fun with the “wait time.”

Vehicles Waiting at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm - Image DS3_0085 (© Kip Ladage)

Vehicles Waiting at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm – Image DS3_0085 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Selfie at Tree Farm

Selfie at Tree Farm

 

This is a sampling of our photos from the “Hide and Seek” at the Christmas Tree farm. Many thanks to the Moulds family and crew at Wapsie Pines Tree Farm for what has become a very memorable family tradition. What began as incidental fun to the tree hunt is now a highly anticipated activity for the grandkids and their grandpa!

Hide and Seek at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm - Image DS3_0115 (© Kip Ladage)

Hide and Seek at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm – Image DS3_0115 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hide and Seek at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm - Image DS3_0131 (© Kip Ladage)

Hide and Seek at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm – Image DS3_0131 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hide and Seek at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm - Image DS3_0159 (© Kip Ladage)

Hide and Seek at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm – Image DS3_0159 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hide and Seek at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm - Image DS3_0216 (© Kip Ladage)

Hide and Seek at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm – Image DS3_0216 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hide and Seek at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm - Image DS3_0170 (© Kip Ladage)

Hide and Seek at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm – Image DS3_0170 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hide and Seek at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm - Image DS3_0221 (© Kip Ladage)

Hide and Seek at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm – Image DS3_0221 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hide and Seek at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm - Image DS3_0245 (© Kip Ladage)

Hide and Seek at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm – Image DS3_0245 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hide and Seek at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm - Image DS3_0229 (© Kip Ladage)

Hide and Seek at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm – Image DS3_0229 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hide and Seek at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm - Image DS3_0143 (© Kip Ladage)

Hide and Seek at Wapsie Pines Christmas Tree Farm – Image DS3_0143 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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