If you follow me on Instagram (or Facebook, or Twitter), you know I posted a photo from a grape harvester on Saturday.

If that sounds random to you, it totally was. Harvesting (anything) is not usually in my weekend plans, and riding on a harvester isn’t even on my bucket list (it is now, just so I could cross it off :).

Taking my kids to pick grapes at a family friends vineyard sounded like a great photo opportunity.

Turns out they were harvesting while we were there… and in some whirl of serendipity, I ended up on this gigantic weird looking tractor with my camera.

By the way… If you want to have great Finger Lakes adventures, always have your camera ready!

I did shoot video, in addition to photos. I’m still editing that, so you’ll have to stay tuned by subscribing to my YouTube channel. I plan to have it up this weekend. Good news! I included the video at the bottom of this post.

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This is Tim, getting ready to inspect the grapes for leaves, mice, or snakes (EEEW) as they come through the harvester and drop in the bins.

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This is Tim’s vineyard.

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These grapes went off to Welch’s once they were picked.

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Tim’s dad Ernie (age: 92 years!) hopped on for a ride as well.

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The grapes look good to me…

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We picked a few ton of grapes. I say “we”… what I mean is, I held onto the harvester for dear life with one hand while these guys did all the work.

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Thanks to Tim and Marilyn P. for the opportunity to capture this! What a fun time!

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Want to know what it’s really like up there? Check out my video “90 Seconds of Grape Picking Glory” on YouTube!