Keesling Family Pond Book
Documentation of creation of family farm pond by Rob Keesling and son Jordan Keesling in Alexandria, Indiana.
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Here is an interesting blog entry "Why it's so special to own a pond or lake." We are one of those fortunate pond owners. But it wasn't here when we bought our 20 acres back in 1989. It was a dream of my husband's (an avid fisherman) for a long time. "We should put a pond out there." he'd say - pointing to the 12 acre cornfield next to our house.
Rob hauls heavy equipment for a living, and attends construction equipment auctions as part of his job. He began assembling a rag-tag bunch of inexpensive machines - tired old things that still had a bit of life left in them - (and they named some of them - "Big Mama" was the Cat 621)
In the fall of 2004 they broke ground.
If you've ever watched a sculptor at work... it is an impressive sight. Watching someone sculpt the earth - on such a large scale - with tools that could overturn or get swallowed up by mud... well, that adds a whole new dimension to the project.
Our son Jordan was just 11 when they started, and he learned to run all those big earthmoving machines - worked alongside his dad until the project was finished the following fall. It wasn't until the rains came and the thing filled up, that I truly saw what Rob was envisioning. All along, he kept pointing to these tiny orange flags..."that's the water line, right there." And, indeed, when the pond was full to the bottom of the spillway, the water just touched the base of those little orange flags. All the way around. I still find it amazing that it was that precise - when the work was done with 30 ton machines.
A few years ago I created a memory book for them - a scrapbook of sorts - using all the photos that I took during (and after) the project. I recently figured out how to upload it in a magazine type format - you can see it here. Keep in mind, this was the project of one man (on a limited budget), his little boy - and their BIG dream. Wow.