In my travels, I often experience things that remind me of the absolute charm of rural living. Some things are iconic while others are so subtle in nature that you might just drive by them if your aren’t paying attention.

While en route to the Haythorn Ranch in Arthur to research a story about a family of culinary cowboys, a sight of true beauty caught my eye…


It was a clothesline that told such a great story. A Nebraska story.

I had to get a photo.

Through a rear screen door a quick conversation took place that was as straightforward and honest as the wash hanging out to dry in the cold November air:

“Hello Ma’am. I was driving by and noticed how perfect your clothesline looked and I was wondering if I could take a photo of it”, I said.

Without missing a beat she laughed a little to herself and said, “Oh sure. Go right ahead.”

And that was it. With a knock and a smile she gave me permission to document her laundry. I imagine this inquiry in a city would result in an arrest.

I don’t know if it was all the plaid or the precision of the placement of garments but I could tell a lot about this family from their clothesline. I knew they were hard working folks; “salt-of-the-earth” as people like to say in this part of the world. I imagine they reap the benefits of consistency and are frugal enough to let nature help out with the chores when possible. And at the end of the day, they are true Nebraskans who take advantage of any sort of decent weather before the start of winter.

Who says you can’t hang out your clothes when it is 20 degrees outside? At least the sun was shining…


This post is just a reminder to always look for and appreciate the small things along your journey.

You never know what you may find…

Haythorn Ranch view

Scott Rager

Robert Scott Rager is a writer, designer, entrepreneur and blogger living in south central Nebraska. You can read more of his work on his blog, County Seat Living (http://countyseatliving.blogspot.com/).


  1. Quiana March 31, 2016 at 9:06 pm -

    That’s not just logic. That’s really seebsiln.

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