A Journey Into the Great Plains
December 03, 2010
Have you ever been a little at a loss for direction; maybe bored and restless and needing a change of scenery? Patrick Dobson was just that way when he began a journey of over 1,200 miles from Kansas City to Helena, Montana. This story is a little reminiscent of another Missourian, William Least Heat Moon.
Dobson carries out his journey on foot, and starts out under-prepared. His journey takes two and a half months, and his feet are blistered after his first day. As he travels, he faithfully records other peoples' search for contentment as well as his own. He also records the kindness of numerous strangers he encounters along the way.
I always enjoy travelogues. I can visit places in my armchair that I will never see for real. But, Seldom Seen is a different sort of travel story. How do people isolated on the Great Plains survive? And how do they live? This book chronicles the hearts and dreams of ordinary mid-western people. It also reveals interesting every-day life that so often is overlooked and unknown. Not all the story is relaxation and limitless skylines. There are also disturbed and unhappy people in this book, and the author tells how they cope with life. Request a copy of Seldom Seen and it just might inspire you to take a "journey of discovery".