Peeking from a glade of cottonwoods, an abandoned homestead beckons the traveler to draw near and explore.
There are many homesteads such as this in the Pacific Northwest of the United States – Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, and those who live and ramble through the rural countryside today stumble upon old houses, old dreams such as this. One always wonders: who lived here? How long ago? What was the family like? What were their dreams?
Questions such as these are natural and worth asking, because old, abandoned homesteads such as the one in Forgotten Path remind us of the timelessness of humanity: dreams, desires, goals, aspirations, desires – these are not elements that are unique to people in the 21st century, nor to people in the United States, although with our tendency to be chronocentric and limited in thinking to our own region, we very much limit our scope.
“Oh, you mean that people 1,000 years ago loved their children and worried about them? Or even people today, who...