homestead 18 February 2014

I keep thinking about those who came west to homestead and how rugged it must have been. I’m sure they got dug-out fever during a long cold windy winter. This photo is of the original dug out on the property here; you can see the stove pipe still sticking up. We’ve recently remade the door and in a pinch, we’d be down there to wait out a tornado. Where once a lone man spent the winter in order to prove up on his land and eventually raise a crop and a family, we now store paint. Every time I walk out the west door though, I see that hump and think about what it’d be like living underground  and having little to no daylight for so many hours. I want that kind of fortitude!

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About Sally Gerard

I am a writer, runner, teacher, singer, guitar player, mom, lover, coffee drinker, hunter, antique tractor driver, horsewoman, sister, and lover of the outdoors. Did I mention that I love lighthouses?
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