Monday, August 6, 2012

Hodology

Hodology is the study of pathways. Could be in the brain, in psychology, in philosophy etc but today it is about walking, wayfaring, travelling, on paths, lanes, roads, holloways. drove roads, green lanes, coffin routes, pilgrim tracks, and so on. Today we explored a narrow gravel road between Penticton and Summerland called Shingle Creek Road, because it went beside the creek, which eventually joined Trout Creek in Summerland, about twenty kilometres away. Pathways are means of connecting, and never having been on this one before, we had to have faith that it did connect eventually! Our map showed that it did, but various unmarked forks had to be decided upon. It would have been better to walk on a path, rather than drive, in order "to better think and write". Good advice for bloggers. One such was Edward Thomas, a compulsive wayfarer and poet, who lived for only 39 years before being killed as a soldier in France in 1917. He wrote:
                                                                           "The hill-road wet with rain
                                                                             In the sun would not gleam,
                                                                             Like a winding stream
                                                                             If we trod it not again"

Here are a few photos from our wayfaring today on Shingle Creek Road:-
One of two vehicles we met!


Ponderosa Pine Grassland

Two paths cross the landscape
Trout Creek near Summerland
                                                                             

3 comments:

Teresa Evangeline said...

What wonderful roads and a great way to spend a day. I love back roads that meander along meadows and fields. The second photo is especially inviting.

Filip and Kristel said...

Again very nice landscapes.

Greetings,
Filip

Alan Burnett said...

It looks beautiful (and so does the weather). Damn it! I'm going to emigrate.