Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Travel Log: part 3





With Wyoming in our rear view mirror, we made good time across the prairie of S Dakota. It was lush with yellow clover blossoms this time of year.  Giving no hint to how cruel the winters can be... 

One hundred and twenty miles of grassland and one lone abandoned homestead. I always wish these places could tell their stories.
Then, we were topping a rise and looking over the Cheyenne River and the ranch headquarters.  




A warm welcome awaited us.  These are the people that make the world right. They are smart, they work hard, and they play hard. They are doing their utmost to see that those traditions that matter are continued, at the same time they are looking forward.  I love'm, Oh, and the smell of grass, horses, cattle, and history...




  "Kick off your boots and stay a while..." 






12 comments:

  1. It looks as if you did kick your boots off.

    There is life in fly-over country. That's for sure.

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  2. Beautiful country, those abandoned homesteads always leave me wanting to know more about who was there and what happened to them.

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  3. Some spirit in the wind touches people who pause in these areas. The spirit of those who have gone before and lived lives of hard work and tenacity.

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  4. That's real life! Hard work, but productive... And a beautiful setup there!

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  5. You're home girl, and I'm jealous. Enjoy enjoy enjoy!!!!!

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  6. Beautiful country. That empty house is just full of stories. I kind of feel sad to see them empty.

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  7. I would love to buy up that abandoned homestead. But love took me to the big city, and that's where I will stay, with occasional forays out to the family cabin in Meadow Valley.

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  8. LL: LOL, not my boots, they belong to the cowboss and the hired man, who were in for breakfast. Good people all.

    CELIA: It was the only place in the middle of 100+ miles of prairie, and I wanted to know the story, too.

    TABOR: These places do speak to some of us...

    OLD NFO: It is beautiful in so many ways.

    WOODSTERMAN: I had a great time, as did Dad. We needed that time more than either of us realized til we were there.

    ARKANSAS PATTI: So wonder what the story is of that homestead. The cousins might know, I will have to ask.

    BRIGID: I would love a heads up next time you are this way. MV is not that far from RB...

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  9. B, you are correct in that just because someone is wealthy they do not owe those who are poor a free ride. They owe us the payment of a fair tax not a tax where they have twisted the rules so completely...the same percentage of wealth that the little guy pays. They should get the same size of voice with Congress not a voice that drowns out their employees voices. The wealth balance in this country is now so out of whack it is no longer sustainable and the wealthy are taking their work overseas.

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  10. TABOR: I don't understand why your remarks were not posted in your blog comments. Will leave it here for now. In response to your comment I will just say that more taxes are not the answer nor is the redistribution of wealth. Socialism dressed in liberal cloth is still socialism.

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  11. Great photos. I am playing catch up on your travels. If the walls in that old abandoned homestead could talk...

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  12. GRANNYMAR: Thanks. I'm going to ask one of the cousins if he knows the story behind that place.

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