Friday, July 10, 2009

The road less traveled by...

It was my day to check cow bunches and to see how the bulls were doing. It is breeding season here on the ranch and so we must be sure that the bulls are "doing their job" and are healthy and unhurt. I took lots of pictures but these, of trails, reminded me that the roads we take in life aren't always as clear as we'd like. Many are less traveled and hard to keep to which is perhaps why the Bible promises, "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path...." The road is walked, step by step.

Click photos to enlarge them so you can see the trails a little more clearly. Some are quite hidden by lack of travel and growth of grass and foliage.

The Road not Taken

~By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


  1. Love the looks so dry there.
    Also...I let my clothes pins be free year around too...never even thought of doing it another way...LOL Dianntha

  2. I've always loved that Frost poem, but pictured a wooded setting in my minds' eye... Your gently rolling, grassy, prairie roads give this piece an entirely new (to me) perspective. Simply lovely!

  3. As a kid that grew up in western South Dakota and western North Dakota I fell in love with the wide open spaces and endless sky. I still get a very nostalgic feeling when traveling out in those areas along with Wyoming and Montana. We're headed that way again the end of the month and I can't wait. I LOVE your pictures. I'd love to move away from here and settle out there. It's so peaceful.

  4. I love looking at the pictures of your land. I imagine what Pioneers must have seen when they traveled in their wagons. The quietness and the beauty is wonderful. I'm glad you appreciate all you have.

  5. Beautiful photos and great thoughts to go with your paths! Blessings...

  6. Ohio Farm Girl,
    Actually, it is not dry here, but very spongy and wet and still green for our area. Hooray for free clothespins!

    You're right....the poem is about a wooded area, but I couldn't resist applying it to my roads and trails.

    I love the wide open spaces too. Glad you'll get a taste of it soon...especially while it's green and not snowy!

    I often wonder what it might have been like to come to this area with covered wagon. Our area was settled in the Homestead Act (free land!).

    Thanks for your always sweet comments.


  7. Nathan studied Robert Frost this last year. Nathan's love of Mr. Frost's poetry spilled over to all of our family. We have many treasures stored away that will remain with us for life, I'm sure.
    Enjoy seeing your trails.

  8. Enjoyed seeing your trails and reading the Poem,or is it Prose?
    I have forgotten those from my school days . It sure did bring back memory's .
    Thank you for sharing.This way I feel like I have traveled to your part of the USA a little bit.

  9. I like the pictures, as usual. I find myself wondering what things would look like if I could turn all the way around ;-).


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