Next weekend will be in Maybell, CO for a family gathering. The excuse is the annual Sombrero Horse Drive, aka, sneering at dudes with too much disposable income.
Much of our extended family history centers around Maybell, CO and Moffat County. My late father was born down the road in Sunbeam, and his home of record when he was drafted was Skull Creek, CO. He was living outside Maybell when he died in his sleep, age 64.
Plan to take off later in the week. The Ute Indian tribe plan a blessing ceremony in the Sand Wash Basin NNE of Maybell where large herds of feral horses roam. My sister wants to attend. Starts at 0530 Sunday morning. Yikes! Since their forefathers and ours were busy killing each other some 100+ years ago, it may be a surreal experience. They may, or may not, hold a ceremony in the Maybell Park.
We will go out to the old homestead and visit the family cemetery.
A wildfire burned it last fall and the carefully torn down cabin was lost. The fire missed the cemetery area.
The hillside dugout was completely gutted as was the old outhouse.
Whenever I pass the Rabbit Ears headed west on US 40 and into the Yampa River basin, I start to feel at home like no other place I’ve ever been. And I’ve been everywhere.
For an idea of the area, go to the link and start the video.
Depending on several factors, weather, roads, mud, commitments, etc. may take a day or two and drive via Irish Canyon to an area in Wyoming called Adobe Town in the Red Desert. This may be my best weather window to see the area.
My sister likes to beat on me about “over thinking”. In truth I like my maps, plans, check lists and attention to the 6 P’s principal. Let me echo her recent Facebook posting.
Next week is a sit down with my current employer. Several changes have occurred or are forecasted. My route co-driver for the past three years quit. Fed up with problems being ignored. Depending on how the sit down goes, I may join him.
There will probably be a post or two before the trip, or not. Seem to have caught Old AFSarge’s AWOL muse.