blacktooth and pinks – wyoming treasures

Back down from the mountain, a couple more images linger. It’s hard to describe the mountain vistas, or the beauty of the flowers and I am loathe to let them go just yet.

Pinks - their local name - seen from horseback

Pinks – their local name – seen from horseback

Many mountain flowers are small and subtle, but pinks are small and brilliant

Close up view

Close up view

As the seasons move toward winter the colors move to brown and grey, here Blacktooth Peak sits atop it’s royal robes.

Blacktooth Peak in the distance

Blacktooth Peak in the distance

After one last view, it was time to return.


wheels and hoofs – cycling and horses

Wrapping up Wyoming for 2014, I took a cycling ride from the cabin to Bear Gulch. It was about seven miles with one thousand feet of climbing. These days, that’s a hard ride for me. At the top, the as far as I can go top, I sat on a rock and ate some local cherries we had purchased at a local farmer’s market.

Resting at Bear Gulch

Resting at Bear Gulch

Many of you who know horses may think they prefer to hang about the corral with their buds just waiting until it’s time to go out to pasture. However my I-phone horse translator tells me that this one was saying… “What do you mean you didn’t take me to Bear Gulch with all the sweet grass… Are you crazy ? ” My legs and lungs said I should have listened.

Bear Gulch... that's a very serious matter!

Bear Gulch… that’s a very serious matter!


western root-beer food

The cabin is a long ride up the mountain and the road is rough so when Jan stocks up at the grocery store I check for any local root-beer.

Bedfords comes in a manly bottle, no twist off cap – you need an opener, or as I have seen, teeth, or an eye socket. ┬áThis root beer takes me back to the good old days.

found in Sheridan Wyoming

found in Sheridan Wyoming

This one has a big strong flavor. It’s not as smooth as some from the East coast, but the big flavor makes it unique.


the lead view – horses

They say that the lead view is best, and on a horse I can agree with that.

The horse eye view for Romeo in front - his ears say he's paying attention

The horse eye view for Romeo in front – his ears say he’s paying attention

But the view from behind can be pretty good too.

I think Romeo is unhappy for me letting them cut us off at the pass

I think Romeo will give me a poor review for letting them cut us off at the pass

It matters where you are.

The Bighorn Mountains, August 2014

The Bighorn Mountains, August 2014

May you always take time to see the view.


working days – horses

Horses are alot like people. On a horse ranch, they need to work. That means a commute each morning. Some are leaders

leading the way - picture by Jason Stomps, all rights reserved

leading the way – picture by Jason Stomps, all rights reserved

Some trot behind.

trotting in  picture by Jason Stomps - all rights reserved

trotting in picture by Jason Stomps – all rights reserved

And of course there’s always a joker in the bunch.

Always a comedian in the bunch. - picture by Jason Stomps, all rights reserved

Always a comedian in the bunch. – picture by Jason Stomps, all rights reserved

Some are content to mosey in, just like some people I work with…

Last one in gets to do less. Picture by Jason Stomps - all rights reserved

Last one in gets to do less.
– picture by Jason Stomps, all rights reserved

Horses even have cliques, here Chief ( red ) tells Lacey and Sunday this cubicle is taken. Don’t they look mean with their ears back? A bit like my daughters when I told them “Nothing good happens after midnight.”

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Just like us, these horses work every day. But don’t feel too bad, they winter running free on a huge ranch. I wonder if like me, they wish they could prance away from responsibility?

What me worry ? Picture Jason Stomps - all rights reserved

What me worry ?
Picture Jason Stomps – all rights reserved

May your work bring you pleasure.


darkest night

When night is darkest and hope a crutch that others lean upon, cast your eyes up. Often new things are revealed when we least expect them.

the heavens from the Big Horn mountains are wondrous. Photo Jason Stomps, all rights reserved

the heavens from the Big Horn mountains are wondrous. Photo Jason Stomps, all rights reserved

The night sky outside our cabin in Wyoming. It continually teaches me the meaning of “awe”

May there be wonders in your life.


doers and watchers

We stopped at Devil’s Tower on the way home. The extruded magma from a long ago volcano stands a proud challenge to the surroundings, a holy place to the Native Americans, and a Mecca to climbers.

Devil's Tower in the Distance

Devil’s Tower in the Distance

My daughter and I scrambled across boulders near the technical climbing area. It was hot tiring work, but nothing like the climbers faced. Afterwards I thought how life divides us into doers and watchers. Can you find the inspiring doers in the picture below?

Can you find the doers in the picture

Can you find the doers in the picture

How about the watcher, another famous feature of Devil’s Tower, can you recognize the Prairie Dog?

A Prairie Dog watches for danger

A Prairie Dog watches for danger

Life can be tough when you’re little and tasty and there’s eagles and coyotes about.

I think that sometimes we become watchers or doers at the wrong times for improper reasons. There’s a time for both, but if we want to realize our dreams we must ensure that fear doesn’t stop us from doing when the time is right.

May you dare to do.


far off places

We have this Toyota van – it’s been alot of places on some tough roads with almost 200,000 miles ( 320,000K )

Van at Park Reservoir in the Big Horn mountains

Van at Park Reservoir in the Big Horn mountains

When it stops we will have had our money’s worth.

The Saddles are clean…

cleaning the saddles

cleaning the saddles

The Riding done…

on the trail with Cookie

on the trail with Cookie

the last smiles tucked away…

favorite youngest and her guest from England enjoy Cookie and Blackjack without saddles

favorite youngest and her guest from England enjoy Cookie and Blackjack without saddles

then we return and I wonder why I don’t live here and vacation back there…


Yellowstone – travel

One of my favorite places of mountains, water, trees and sky. And of course animals, this trip we saw elk, buffalo, a bald eagle, deer, marmots, moose. We took a whirlwind one day visit from our cabin near Sheridan Wyoming.

water and prairie and no fences

water and prairie and no fences

Buffalo near the road

Buffalo near the road

geothermic fascinations

geothermic fascinations

Plain and mountain

Plain and mountain

and geysers

and geysers


good things – horses

We made it up the mountain and got in a ride or two..

Lacey and Janet - beautiful palomino, beautiful wife

Lacey and Janet – beautiful palomino, beautiful wife

The mountain is dry, quite a bit different than the green flowery spring.

in the meadow in the big-horn mountains

in the meadow in the big-horn mountains

Later I was riding my mountain bike back from a forty minute ascent up the Redgrade Road when I looked into our valley and thought some of our sorrows come from not filling our lives with enough good things.