I’m happy to announce that today’s post is an interview with Cindy Ladage from Traveling Adventures of a Farm Girl. Cindy is a farm wife with a traveling habit. She loves to explore and to travel to events such as tractor shows and out of the way places such as beautiful beaches and cities abroad. Her blog has awesome details on all of her adventures, and really provides a great insight into some of the places right here in the United States that a lot of us haven’t traveled to. I highly encourage you to check our her blog and read about some of the great places she has been.
You can check out her blog and read all about her adventures at http://travelingadventuresofafarmgirl.com/
Hello Cindy, and thank you for speaking with me today. It sounds like you have a really interesting life! Can you tell my readers a little bit more about who you are and what your blog is about?
Sure Heather! Thanks for the interview. I am married to a grain farmer and we live in central Illinois. With three grown children and two grandchildren it is fun to find places where my husband and I can travel as well as family trips.
I am a freelance writer and love to travel. There are so many places we go to, little museums, great restaurants and local festivals that don’t all fit into a regular print story and I love having the opportunity to profile these people, places and stories in my blog that really celebrates the back roads as well as the tourist sights. Since we collect old iron, you will also find a goodly amount of articles about antique tractors, shows, literature and memorabilia on my site as well.
Your blog mentions that you are a farm wife with a travel habit. Being a city kid myself, it’s all new to me. What’s a typical day in the life like?
Each day is a bit different. Depending on the time of year, that really dictates what is going on at the farm. We just recently wrapped up corn and soybean harvest and just returned from the National Farm Toy Show in Dyersville, Iowa. If you enjoy farm toys, the National Farm Toy Museum is the place to go. My family all lives nearby so most days I will be interacting with at least one of my children. My son farms with us, so he comes out and brings my grand dog who helps keep me company along with my senior citizen Australian Shepherd.
Farming is a wonderful way of life although it can be stressful at times because we are so dependent on weather and the market prices. Getting away is a great way to relieve job stress and keep Mr. Farmer happy.
You’ve traveled all over the country going to tractor shows. I bet you have some great stories from that. Any one story that stands out in particular?
This past summer we traveled to Portland, Indiana and while there I had the awesome opportunity to ride in an early 1900’s International truck called a Red Baby. The owner was a wonderful story and quite interesting. I meet people from all walks of life and everyone has a story to tell.
At Portland they were also selling rides in a bi-plane and we took a chance to do this, that was amazing.
You have traveled to a lot of different places. Which was your favorite?
There are so many places, Paris is the most romantic city I’ve ever been in, Hawaii was magical and this summer I traveled to Oregon where I was totally blown away by the mountain scenery.
Any places you didn’t care for as much?
Every place has its special beauty. I think if we look around we can find something historic, something interesting or something unique that makes each place worth visiting.
Where else have you been?
Love the south, Charleston and Savannah are two of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to.
Any memorable moments from your travels?
This summer I had the chance to go on a hot air balloon ride and that was a top memory!
Any funny stories from traveling?
Sadly yes, I tried doing a live chat on Facebook that was disastrous, my mom checked in on it and a man that I highly respect and hope never remembers my short foray into this social media event that I have not mastered yet.
Any memorable “out of your comfort zone” moments?
When I traveled to Oregon this summer, I drove a rental car and was tooling through the mountains with sheer drop offs. I am not afraid of heights in the least, but for the first few hours, that was out of my comfort zone, but I was proud that I accomplished it.
One thing you can’t travel without?
My I-phone, it is a camera, computer and social media outlet as well as contact to home.
If you were offered an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
Ireland, it is on my bucket list and a place I am dying to visit. The hills, the castles and the pubs are calling my name.
Do you have any travel tips you would like to share?
Yes, my tip is not to discount little out of the way stops. It is amazing what you can learn by reading that wayside sign, or stopping in the small museums.
What do you love the most about traveling?
I love most seeing vistas like mountains, rivers and oceans that are not available in central Illinois. I love learning the history of a place and seeing the differences in culture.
Why should people travel?
To expand knowledge base. You can read all you want about a place, but it will never equal seeing it and talking to the locals.
What are your plans for the future?
Just to try and see new places and return to those I love. Florida is in February and we are heading to North Little Rock for some Civil War History come December.
Anything more you would like to mention?
Springfield Illinois is home to the Lincoln Presidential museum and the Lincoln sites if you are so inclined are amazing.