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.


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.


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


yellowstone – herd

If there is contentment to be found in moving with the herd then it must be here.

Bison unfenced and free

Bison unfenced and free


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


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 »