Neighbor Gary McMasters was making sorghum molasses this weekend with his mill in Grays Chapel, North Carolina. He was also breaking in his new 4 year old mule Pearl. She was pulling the mill for only the second time. While Gary had to be a little patient, Pearl figured things out pretty quickly and did an admirable job. Pearl takes over from Sam, who has gone into retirement in his twenties.
(Photographs copyright 2011 by Dan Routh)