The Pond Road

There are three ways to our house from the road (meaning the paved public road).  We call them the lane, the garden road and the pond road.

Using the lane or the garden road it’s about .3 miles from the road to our house.

The pond road is a longer, more meandering journey.  It’s .7 miles from the road that way.

Over the dam

Over the dam

And through the woods

And through the woods

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The pond road is our road least traveled.

But I do take it sometimes.

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16 comments on “The Pond Road

  1. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, you have an awesome farm. Those pictures of the pond road are amazing. There’s very few places in Nebraska that is covered with trees like your pond road. Most of the trees have been planted by the farmers and they are wind breaks for the farm buildings. The East side of Nebraska along the bluffs of the Missouri river are the most prevalent to find wooded areas. After 50 to 100 miles west, trees only grow along rivers or streams unless planted. Water shed ditches some times have trees but farmers seem to eradicate them because row crops and trees don’t get along well. Nebraska farms do have some ponds but they are usually treeless and used to water the livestock. I’ll never move away from Nebraska but I sure might be tempted spend a lot of time in wooded parts of the country like yours.

    Have a great pond road drive day.

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    • Joanna says:

      Have to introduce you to alley cropping then, planting row crops between trees. I must admit it does sound nice in theory, and works for crops, but not in our case, due to one major reason – wild boar (wild hogs). I might just resort to the old-fashioned English method of hedges instead, which might look a little odd in the open field system of the Latvian countryside 😀

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      • Bill says:

        We have plenty of wildlife problems to deal with here, but I’m glad wild boars aren’t among them.

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      • Joanna says:

        It will be interesting to see how much of a problem they are this year, since African Swine Fever is making its way through the country. We are now situated in an emergency zone and so it means the hunters have to make more of an effort to cull them.

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    • Bill says:

      You should come on out and visit us sometime Dave. I’ll take you fishing in the pond. 🙂

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  2. jubilare says:

    It’s beautiful.

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  3. It’s the road it is precisely because it is the one less travelled.

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    • Bill says:

      That’s true. I took these pictures while working it with the box blade a few days ago. We’ve had a lot of rain lately and it’s done damage to the road. Plus we’ve had a lot of grass starting to grow in it. I try to use it now and then, but it doesn’t get used as much as the other two.

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  4. I would love to have a look around your farm. It looks unspoilt and even the trails look natural.

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    • Bill says:

      We’d love to have you visit! I realize it would be a bit of a journey for you but if you’re ever in our part of the world you’re welcome here. 🙂

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  5. shoreacres says:

    Shoot. All we get around here is ponding on the freeways. Freeways serve their purpose, but the charms of your pond road are obvious.

    I love the trees. Most of our ponds are stock ponds, and accessibility for cattle is more important than aesthetics!

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    • Bill says:

      Here watering cattle in ponds is disfavored. You can even get gov’t grants to put in fencing to keep the cattle out of the ponds. Not an issue for us since our pond isn’t in a pasture. We use it for fishing and irrigation.

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