We visited Lake Meadows Naturals early today, to catch a tour of their egg processing plant – which considering they have 14,000 hens and have so very many eggs for sale, is a pretty small place!
The tour explained that the eggs first pass over a bright light to inspect for cracks (done by hand), then are washed, dried, and then electronically weighed and sorted into sizes – that was interesting to watch, with little arms flicking out to kick each egg into it’s appropriate size area! People on the tour were allowed to box their own eggs from whichever size they chose (and then hopefully they paid for them!)
Outside, many hens wandered about; they have lots of space but seem to like being together. Margaret passed some grass through the fence and loads of birds ran over to join the bonus feast! When there’s no visitors touring, the hens have free reign over the meadow and so as much grass as they want …
Here’s some photos of the processing equipment, and some of the hens:
We of course finished our visit buying our own eggs (and feeding the goats and sheep).
Here’s also a video that shows the Egg size sorting…
Winter Garden does a different Independence Day parade to places we’ve lived before, with a “kids parade” in the morning featuring decorated kids bikes and golf carts. Much more low key, quicker and so more fun too (important when it’s close to 90f already at 10am!); here’s some pictures from this year:
(previous year, here)
Different animals today … a visit to Lake Meadows Naturals to restock on chicken, sausages and other great meat, also gives a chance to take photographs:
Our “summer” vacation was surprisingly cool for the first half, with snow and a need for coats, hats, gloves … but beautiful views of stunning mountains, rivers and lakes, as well as sightings of Bison, Black Bear, Elk and more! I’ve posted our trip in multiple sections, and there’s a video presentation (courtesy of Apple Memories) if you prefer …
Grand Teton National Park
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Middle and Lower Basin
Bison [traffic] Jam, Mountain views
Mammoth Hot Springs
Lamar Valley, Black Bears, Bison
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
Norris Geyser Basin
Heading back south towards our eventual flight home, we stopped at Norris Geyser Basin for another round of hot spring views – we’d skipped this a week ago heading north because it was cold and snowing, but now it was almost hot weather!
Our next stop was right on Lake Yellowstone, with less hot springs, no geysers, but stunning lake and mountain views and an Elk (and a very nice hotel, though still no internet in the park!) …
We knew that the north rim drive of Grand Canyon of Yellowstone gets busy so got there early and were once again treated to amazing views; a steep walk takes us right down to one of the impressive falls, and later viewpoints allow looking back to the falls through the canyon:
It’s hard not to be impressed in Yellowstone; we drove and soon stopped again for more geothermal views including a “dragon cave” (where the heat rises inside the cave and we just see steam pouring out!); the energy pouring constantly from some of these features is simple baffling!