A couple of weeks ago, we took a road trip to Minneapolis to shop at IKEA and also watch Steph Curry take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Basketball is our family’s favorite sport and we have had a lot of fun being able to see some NBA games recently. We traveled to NYC in February and got to see the Knicks play and we have been to a few Timberwolves games in Minneapolis. We visit the Minneapolis area a few times a year. We like the city and surrounding areas and there is an IKEA there which we always stop at. I wish we had an IKEA closer, but then it wouldn’t be as much fun. This time, I wanted to take our time and take some pictures of the beautiful barns we pass along the way. This barn tour through Iowa made the road trip a lot more enjoyable because we finally stopped to take a few photos of the barns we have been passing for years.
Around Christmas time, I finally stopped and explored an abandoned house on the route to my in-laws. After I did that, I told Matt that I really need to stop more and take in the old, beautiful places we pass. It does a lot for my soul and really makes me appreciate where we have come, where we are and where we will end up.
I took these pictures with my iPhone and some of the barns were too far away to get a good picture of, but others were so close to the road I was able to capture great photos of them.
The blue barn caught my eye because of the beautiful color, but the message to the farmers took it over the top. This isn’t a great picture because it was far away from the road, but I had to include it. Where would we be without farmers?!
Traditional red barns always catch my eye. This one in particular was in such good condition, I had to get a picture. Old barns always make me think about what I could do with them. Matt would love to find one that he could put a basketball court in and I am always thinking about workshops and setting up shops in them. This one would be perfect for any of those things.
I love that the next one had a picture of an apple on it. They have an apple orchard. That is another one of my dreams. To have a spot that I could set up a little pumpkin patch. Sell pumpkins and fall treats and then set up a shop with our projects in one of the barns.
Growing, baking, cooking and projects. What else do you need?
This next stop on our barn tour through Iowa was too cute. They had many buildings on this land, but these two were my favorite!
I would love to know what they used the little house for in the past. The water pump is amazing too. This little set up makes me thankful for running water inside our home. It also makes me think about all the work people had to do for the simple things we take for granted today.
Wouldn’t this next one be a great shop?!
The dark barn sat way up on hill. It would be perfect as a wedding venue. I picture bands playing in the grass and many different celebrations going on in this barn.
All of these barns are so great!!! Each one spoke to me for different reasons. It was fun to take a more relaxed road trip this time around. It took a little longer, but we stopped to take in some of the amazing history of our great state.
Do you have old barns in your state? What draws you to them?