On this day in 1771 was born Mungo Park at Foulshiels, near Selkirk. On qualifying as a doctor from Edinburgh University, Park moved to London where he was appointed assistant surgeon on a expedition to Sumatra, under the direction of the botanist Sir Joseph Banks. Following this successful trip Park set off on a expedition to the unexplored territory of the Gambia. read more at Scot Clans
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.