As mentioned in a previous post, our friend Ryan was completing his vicarage in East Moline, IL. Moline, IL is where John Deere headquarters is located, so it only made sense to visit the John Deere Pavilion once before leaving the area. The Pavilion is located near the river in downtown Moline and offers a building that houses a visitor center/museum and also a building that houses a gift shop with just about anything you can imagine in a John Deere theme.
The visitor center/museum is very hands on, which makes it a great place for people like me to visit. Don’t get me wrong, I also love museums that are filled with information to read, but I love a hands on experience much more!
Luckily the day we visited, there were only a few other families there so we didn’t have to wait too long to have a turn sitting in any of the various tractors and didn’t feel like we were taking time away from kids by having a turn.
I tried out the view from one of the bigger tractors and also a machine that helps cut down timber. Pretty decent views!
I also experimented with the riding lawnmower and also the Gator. Gators were always used at the camp that I grew up attending, so it was a big deal for me to finally get to sit in one!
While all the big equipment was pretty neat, my favorite probably had to be the lawnmower equivalent to a Roomba. How cool is this thing? Andrew said he’d miss mowing the lawn on his own, but I think this little guy is pretty awesome!
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