Three of the four exit roads from our place are posted with caution signs. These "Level B" roads are blocked all winter long and practically impassable right after rain the rest of the year until the county grader scrapes away the ruts and gullies. They remain open solely for farmers who have no other access to their fields. They are slowly disappearing from the Iowa landscape as new accesses are created on higher maintenance roads and they become crop ground... a win-win situation for farmers and the county.
One hot evening, after an afternoon of water wars and running around in their skivvies, the boys and I hopped in the pickup after supper and traveled down the disappearing roads.
To the naked eye, these roads have little to offer... unless, of course, you're a kid with a dirt bike. But I find they lend a glimpse back in time when there was nothing unusual about them at all.
I hate to even guess how old this fence post might be. It's definitely before the invention of the perfectly milled, weather treated posts used today. It looks pretty proud standing there next to the steel post and electric fence, don't you think?
Perhaps that explains why so many people, like me, use replicas to adorn their lawns and gardens.
Wildflowers add a delicate touch to the rugged landscape on the seldom traveled dirt roads.
How beautiful the Wild Rose and other wildflowers must have been back before the days of modern farming, chemical weed sprays and high maintenance of roads.
The boy's favorite flower, of course, was the spent Dandelion. This one was as big as Ethan's fist. There was no leaving the area until they were allowed to blow all the seeds off the stem and into the wind.
I ended our adventure as the sun was setting. The boys tried desperately to make me draw it out a little bit longer, but this mean old grandma took them home and put them in the bathtub despite their pleas.
It was one of those perfect days when everyone was happy - albeit for different reasons. For Grandma, it was a nostalgic event. For the boys, an excuse for getting dirty without getting in trouble.
I did remember to thank Mother Nature for the nice break in her cycle of wicked weather. It has warmed up to reasonable again, but we received 3" of rain yesterday morning and they are predicting rain and thunderstorms each day for the rest of the week. We will be fine atop our hill, but western Iowa/eastern Nebraska does not need any more water.