Thursday, August 3, 2017

Nostalgia Roads


The North Park, CO hay fields of my callow youth. Looks like they only have half cut and it is already August. tsk, tsk

 A pass my forefathers used extensively. As few days before going into the Army, I saddled a horse at my parent's 'ranch' in Steamboat Springs and rode over to my relatives ranch in the header picture. Damn horse stepped on my left foot, broke my little toe, and I went through basic training with a broken toe.

Several years later my youngest badly sprained an ankle in basic training. Sucked it up and moved on to medic school.


The town of Steamboat Springs from Buffalo Pass in the left center. Look for the ski jumping hill. Both my sister and I are Steamboat Springs High School graduates.



Hahns Peak. Large dappled grey draft horse caught my eye. I like draft horses. 
 Then I saw the hoofs. Pisses me off to see a neglected animal. None of the horses in the corral looked like they are fed properly.

Wet winter followed by a good rain year has left the Hog Park Reservoir near Encampment, WY full on the first day of August. Very unusual.
Lots of beetle killed pine but the spruce are started to fill in. Cycle of life.

Back to the grind. I was surprised to see zero moose, elk, or deer on the trip. A pronghorn along side the highway outside of Encampment did raise the pulse rate as he couldn't decide if crossing the highway in front of me was necessary. Usually pronghorn show better judgement. As the saying goes, a miss is as good as a mile.

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  1. It's a pity that we must leave such places to find work.

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    1. Rural areas export their children. Few jobs, bleak future.

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  2. You were raised in some beautiful country. I envy your childhood... well, not the farm work. Just the fun stuff.

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  3. Same thing happens everywhere, Fool. I had to leave beautiful Oregon because I wanted to eat. Now the place is lousy with lefties, but it's still beautiful.

    NOTE: Basic training was a bear WITHOUT a broken toe for me. Did you have a drill sergeant screaming 'fucking maggot!' at you because you limped? I thought so.

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    1. From a physical point, Basic was a breeze. I was in excellent condition.

      "Drop down and give me twenty push ups"

      "Yes sir, which arm?"

      Then they found I had problems with low crawls and got the name Jo Jo.

      "Step right up folks and see Jo Jo the dog faced boy. He crawls on his belly like a reptile. Show'em, boy".

      Thankfully,I was among the top three shooters in the company. Saved my smart ass even though I pulled extra duty from week three to the end.

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  4. Those hooves need trimming BADLY! :-(

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    1. Sent an email to the Routt County Under Sheriff with pictures. He replied he would have his Animal Control Officer check out the situation.

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    2. Glad you did that. Poor babies

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    3. About all I can do except put a half hitch in the owner's snot locker.

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  5. Thanks for sharing! Haven't been to that area in many years. I was in Encampment many times, tho. Love it. Unfortunately, the beetle kill is really bad there. My friends lost all their trees by their cabin up there years ago from that. Grr on the hooves. That pisses me off, too. They look like they are in dire need of a vet working with a farrier or they will be cracking all the way up. Oy

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    1. My late father was a part time horseshoer for many years and I watched him for many of those years.

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