phone booth

When you’re in a mountain valley with no line of sight to cell towers, how does one make a phone call? Head up to the phone-booth.

Hold my ride while I make this call....

Hold my ride while I make this call….

You can ride up on the mountain bike, or take the car, or go natural. But a one horse powered vehicle is a pretty good way to mix technologies.

Here’s hoping you can sometimes un-plug.


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!


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.


for those who dream of horses

the last two who need to go out to pasture at TP Ranch

Waiting to go out to pasture and freedom for the night at TP Ranch


r & r – horses

Rest and recovery is as important as action.

work is over, time to graze

work is over, time to graze


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.


chasing or herding dreams – horses

As we pulled away from the mountain I glanced into the meadow and saw these horses moving with alacrity to the corral.

the morning commute to the corral.

the morning commute to the corral.

A minute later I saw why the hurry.

wrangling the herd

wrangling the herd

Maybe horses are like dreams, sometimes they wander aimlessly, and sometimes we herd them.


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…


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.


an amazing feat of strength – horses

If he rides a Japanese Quarter Horse ( a four wheel ATV ) some now, that’s OK. Read the rest of this entry »