This is a fascinating photo posted with permission and taken by Don Burke in Kalona, Iowa. I wanted to share it with all of you. This is an open buggy seen in Kalona, Iowa with some sort of clear plastic-looking "shell" over it. I thought at first that this was something that maybe one family was doing to improvise against the chill but apparently these "plastic shell buggies" are catching on in Kalona.
Sally at the Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce was gracious enough to talk to me this morning about these buggies.
"These buggies are something concocted in the past couple of years, a cart with plastic to protect against the wind," Sally explained. The closed buggies are in widespread use in the Kalona area, but open carts like the one pictured are also popular.
"It does look really odd, but it must do the job," Sally observed.
She did explain that when it is very, very cold, like this morning (windchill - 30) you wont' see these on the roads. Even the plexi-glass shell can't hold off such frigid air.
"But as soon as any warmth is out…You see the young men and boys coming into town with these," Sally said, speculating that these shells are homemade by each family since there is such a wealth of craftsmanship in the community.
So, there you have it!:)