This month's FREE pattern is for the "Rocky Road" block. Considering that Laura Ingalls journeyed by covered wagon almost 2000 miles by the time she was 12, there is very little in terms of rocky roads in the Little House books. But there are muddy wheels, river crossings, and tall grasses.
"Day after day they traveled in Kansas, and saw nothing but the rippling grass and enormous sky. In a perfect circle the sky curved down to the level land and the wagon was in the circle's exact middle....The wagon kept on jolting, the canvas top snapped in the wind. Two faint wagon wheel tracks kept going away behind the wagon, always the same." ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie, Ch. 1 "Going West"
"The only noise was the horses' feet clop-clopping and the little creaking sounds of the wagon. One little jolt is nothing at all...but all the little jolts from sunrise to noon, and then all the little jolts from noon to sunset, are tiring." ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder, By the Shores of Silver Lake, Ch. 5 "Railroad Camp"