Predicting the future

I have to hand it to my American friends. They definitely have a way with signs.


I was surprised to see this fortune-cookie sign at the side of the road. How did they know?

I was just trying to stay between the lines on a curvy road when I was abruptly informed that my life’s journey would be hitting a difficult patch. I believe the words they used had something to do with a rough break in the future.

Now I’m not sure if they were referring to not finding wildlife that day, a flat tire or poor weather but I appreciated the gesture. A little warning helps a lot to prepare for the difficult times that sometimes come our way.

It turned out there were a few rough breaks since I passed that sign but I’m happy to report that I haven’t encountered any more signs like it. I think that must mean it’s all good news in the future. Then again I have been travelling in Canada where our signs tend to be a lot more directive and far less insightful.

For example, there is a sign in northern Saskatchewan that offers advice in the whole area of relationships. It succinctly directs people to Love 1. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that the sign is located one kilometre from the small village named Love.

I wonder if the Americans have any signs that predict good things are going to happen in the near future? It would be a nice touch, especially for visitors.


This Canadian mountain goat didn’t need any signs to figure out how to enjoy the view … or navigate life’s journey.

Latest Comments

  1. Stefano says:

    Beautiful shot of the mountain goat! I have been wanting to go photograph them for a long time, but have not been able to make it happen yet…


  2. caleephotography says:

    Fortune-cookie sign! LOL 😀 Great picture of the hairy goat!


  3. Fotografin Thee Ballmer says:

    Is it already wearing the Winter coat ? 😉 very hairy but cute
    have a nice day, LG Thee


    • lylekrahn says:

      It’s definitely a hairy one. I took the photo in spring so this was the last phase of the winter coat. In other photos I noticed it was starting to shed. I think they are just marvellous creatures.


  4. niasunset says:

    Once I watched a documentary program in our national television channel, goats love to walk and to be in dangerous places, like rocky hills… people can’t walk there but they can… I remember this. Your photograph fascinated me, so beautiful, so beautiful. Thank you, I hope you don’t mind if I reblog it…. Love, nia


    • lylekrahn says:

      Yes they certainly have an agility on steep rocky terrain that is quite remarkable. I’m glad it brought back fond memories of the program. Thanks for the reblog.


  5. Mike Powell says:

    I enjoyed the humor of your reaction to the road sign and loved the mountain goat shot. Wouldn’t it be great to be as sure-footed as that goat when the terrain gets rough!

    Living in an urban area, I tend to get more distracted and confused by the custom license plates of my fellow drivers (though to be fair, I probably should mention that my license plate is “BLESS MY” and I drive a KIA Soul).


    • lylekrahn says:

      I most definitely envy the goats’ all terrain hooves.

      I like your plate message but I’m betting the cleverness escapes a lot of people. It would be fun to watch the confused looks as they try to figure it out.


  6. mflahertyphoto says:

    He’s a handsome one! We have a town named Boring near here, so there are a few signs that make you think twice. That is, if you’re not too busy yawning to notice.


  7. vanbraman says:

    I know cattle guards very well. They were all around me when I was in High School deep in the heart of Kansas Ranch country. I saw a few this weekend also in California and almost stopped to take pictures. I seem to remember a recent article about how our President wanted to reduce the number of cattle guards on the payroll, no knowing that they were objects instead of people.


  8. lexi says:

    Love this … totally made me laugh. I agree, it would be nice to have a head’s up as to when the “blank was going to hit the fan.” Unfortunately, it typically seems to happen without much warning 🙂


  9. Jonathan Caswell says:

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:


  10. Phil Lanoue says:

    It would be funny (well for me) to have a car with a flat tire up on a jack just past and to the left of that sign. Maybe some day a motorist will cooperate with a photographer and break down in that exact location. Or no doubt someone will thing to photoshop something humorous in the scene.
    Gotta love Mr. Mountain Goat!


  11. Gunta says:

    Interesting. You’re the second blog I’ve seen today featuring a road sign. Then again I can’t quite figure why my adventure Saturday ( didn’t provide a sign?
    Naming the cattle guards after Texas sounds like a nod to their ingenuity. Driving over some of them can be quite annoying, providing much noise and a jolt. I prefer the stripes painted on the road which weirdly enough seem to work.


    • Gunta says:

      PS… still loving your sense of humor. The great images (this lovely mountain goat included) are icing on the cake.


      • lylekrahn says:

        Those rocks definitely needed a sign. Glad you like the humour. I took one look at that sign and thot – you’ve got to be kidding me. We drove by it every day and it had the same effect.


  12. Scott Marshall says:

    laughing in Scotland Lyle


  13. westerner54 says:

    Ha! Love it. There’s a spot right outside Robert Frost’s homestead in Vermont with a “Frost Heaves” sign. I always imagined him chuckling about that – or maybe arguing that he doesn’t heave, he huffs!


  14. M.R. says:

    It looks rough already.Oh,how funny!Love iy


  15. Deb W. Trotter says:

    I am a sign noticer as well. My favorite Canadian sign, which we saw many of in Alberta a few years ago, was “Texas Gate” referring to what we here in the States (California at least) call cattle guards. Beautiful photo of the mountain goat who certainly looks like he needs no directions from anything or anyone.


    • lylekrahn says:

      Texas gate is so familiar that I wouldn’t even pick that out as unusual. Cattle guards would have me wondering. I wonder what they call them in Texas? It would be funny if we blamed Texas for nothing.


      • Honie Briggs says:

        um, in Texas they’re called cattle guards. go ahead, blame Texas, even if it doesn’t deserve for this, there’s always something else. 😉 I love snapping signage shots. Most recently in CA, the Historic Life-Saving Station Cemetery sign and years ago a Dead End sign in front of the cemetery near my loyal follower’s apartment building. Who knew cemeteries could be so funny?


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