The View from the Summit

The View from the Summit

On a clear day you can see … well, all the way to Nebraska, our neighboring state to the west.

Our farm is located east of Rock Port in Atchison county, Missouri, in the far northwest corner of the state.

The high, rolling hills afford panoramic views such as this one!

One Comment on “The View from the Summit

  1. This is the highest point on the seventy and one of the highest points in Atchison county.

    I’ve often stood in this spot, in all seasons and in all kinds of weather — falling snow, cold, pelting rain, bright summer sunshine and, as above, on a crisp autumn day after the crops had been harvested. Always, I am awed by beauty of this place, the broad horizon in all directions.

    Standing here, transfixed by the sheer magnitude of the horizon, I often go back in imagination to the time early in the twentieth century, when my wife’s maternal grandparents, Ora and Rudolph Fox were a young married couple struggling to make a living here, without electricity or gasoline powered machinery, Ora tending a garden, feeding chickens, gathering eggs, preparing meals on a wood-fired cook stove.

    Rudolph, in bib overalls, arising before dawn to milk and feed the livestock, eating a quick, early breakfast, then harnessing a team of Belgian horses to spend most of the daylight hours plowing, cultivating, mowing and harvesting, then shortly before dark, heading back in to do the evening chores before eating a hot supper prepared by Ora, then the two of them heading upstairs, the way lighted by the yellow, pungent glow of a kerosene lamp, falling into an exhausted sleep until rising at a dark, early-morning hour to do it all over again!

    And happy to do it … happy to be able to nurture the land and reap the bounty that nature provided.

    Both are long gone now. Rudolph in 1960, just a couple of years after semi-retiring from his long days as a family farmer and Ora, twelve years later, living in a tiny home in Rock Port, where she moved not long after Rudolph’s death, unable to maintain the big farm house that was heated by a coal furnace.

    But their legacy lives on in this still-productive and always beautiful piece of northwest Missouri, still in the family two generations after their passing.

    And they are still deeply loved and missed dearly by those who survive.

    We who have lived our lives in the second half of the 20th century and into this new millennium, enjoying the perks of the developed world, are at great risk of losing the love and appreciation of nature possessed by most of our ancestors.

    As that second generation after Ora and Rudolph move into their last few years, it is my hope and prayer that this place will remain in the family as generations to come move into prominence.

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