There is a stretch of road in between Arnold and Dunning Nebraska that is a little slice of heaven. It is 29 miles of rolling hills, canyons, and grazing animals. I think of it as truly The Route Less Traveled, but I have to admit that it is a place that brings me great peace.
The drive is a solitary trip, and rarely do I encounter another human being while traveling along this route. I have the pleasure of taking this road a half a dozen times a year when I trek north to the Nebraska Sandhills to move cattle off of home ranches and into my feed yard.
Perhaps it is because I love the wide open spaces—Perhaps it is because my cell phone doesn’t work so I have the choice of opening the window and listening to the silence or cranking up the radio and singing to my favorite songs.
Regardless, I know that I look forward to the drive that seems to soothe my soul.
In addition to cattle and horses, I have seen many deer, ducks, turkeys, pheasant, and grouse along the way. It is beautiful the way that livestock live in harmony with the wild animals of the prairie.
I am often reminded as I head north on this road the importance of environmental stewardship and what a pivotal role ranchers play in maintaining the balance of life in the rural areas of our country.
These cattle thrive amongst the natural wildlife of Nebraska while also converting forage into an iron rich protein source that fuels both my family and yours.
The Nebraska Sandhills’ grasslands are a perfect blend of Mother Nature’s gifts and the tender loving care of the cattlemen and women who tend to them amongst the routes less traveled…