Saturday, January 29, 2011

Little House On Wheels

While looking back through photos that I need to edit and organize I came across some ‘unpublished’ photos from our vacation in Eastern Oregon last Spring. I thought you would enjoy seeing this little, old home on wheels that was in a small town we visited.

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This little ‘mobile home’ was the forerunner of our modern-day camp trailers, I’m sure. This was home to a sheepherder and his dogs. I can’t imagine living here through the icy cold winters of that part of the country. Or any other time, for that matter.

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Looking inside, it’s hard for me to imagine spending much time here but I’m sure it was a refuge from the long days of hard work and weather conditions that went from below zero to well above one hundred degrees in the summertime.

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As I stood there and looked at everything inside, I wondered how safe this little place was when the fire was stoked and the lantern was lit. No windows, a single door, no modern comforts at all – but it was home!

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I wondered if the little table became a writing desk – for a letter to a sweetheart, or a journal of adventures or a business ledger of some kind.

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And I appreciated the hard work, the long hours and the sacrifice someone had made to make a living and to provide wool and meat and all kinds of things unknown for himself and others. As I left that day and headed back to my nice, comfortable, little cabin-on-wheels I had a new appreciation for the things I have that make life so much easier and fun and comfortable. I am blessed with more than many others have had in the past. And now. I am blessed! And I am grateful.

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With A Grateful Heart,

~Adrienne~

7 comments:

  1. Wow, I can't even imagine that wood burning stove in a wooden trailer, and it looks like so much stove for such a small space. Still, it does look cozy and at the end of the day it would sure beat laying out in the cold. Wouldn't you love a new one of these to fix up and make cute? Like a gypsy caravan?!

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  2. It is tiny and primative but I think it was probably a welcome place at the end of the day. I enjoyed this post :)

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  3. It looks very cozy and just the place to seek shelter for a man and his dogs...sheep hearding has always been a lonely life, but in some ways probably a very satisfying one. Thank you for sharing this fascinating place.

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  4. It's amazing to see the hardships that folks used to have. And yet the person who used this trailer must have thought he was blessed to have it!

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  5. What a wonderful post! I enjoyed seeing all your photos of this sheepherders wagon. I can remember a time as a child when our family was hiking in mountains in eastern Oregon. We came upon a sheepherders wagon and a sheepherder. It was so interesting and very intriguing to me as a little girl. I loved the complete house on a wagon!

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  6. As a young woman I just to picture living in a nicer version of just this, tending sheep, spinning, and isolation. It makes me think of the little caravan trailer I would like to find.

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  7. Amazing. How could one live there we wonder but I am sure it was a real home to the sheep herder for which he was grateful.

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