Well, here I am, back from a fairly stress-free three week road trip, only to find record breaking heat, electric storms of Biblical proportions, and a half-fried laptop.I know, welcome to YOUR world, right? Still, it is good to be home. Let me tell you about my month; as you know, I had my beloved grandson, Bodhi, visiting me here on the ranch for most of the nonth of June. I took him home to Georgetown, Texas, and we took four days to drive the thousand miles, camping and exploring along the way. We spent a couple of days in the gorgeous town of Santa Rosa, NM playing in their amazing spring-fed lakes--- what fun! After I got him settled at home, and after a week of "family time" with my daughter and son-in-law in Texas, I decided to go home by way of Lusk, Wyoming, and see the boys. After all, it is only 1200 mile or so longer than a direct shot home - and who knows when I'll be able to take the time (or have the gas money) again? Man, am I glad I did!!! I had more fun in the three days I was in Lusk than I've had in a long time; and it was GREAT to see Pancho and Lefty again!
(Me and the boys)
The first day we went out to see them it was too hot to do much, so we just talked to them and looked at the pasture they are in. They were a little wary of seeing me, but were friendly and calm the whole time I was there. HOWEVER, when we returned the next day to hook them up and drag some telephone poles, they were nowhere to be found - they had walked a mile to hide on the other side of a hill! You haven't lived until you have seen two 2800 pound steers trying to look like they aren't there! I laughed until tears came into my eyes. Then we hooked them up and tears came to THEIR eyes!
(Lefty's right nostril - as he tried to eat the camera)
They worked willingly for Jon, and he did a really good job getting what he wanted from them. He kept saying that he didn't know what he was doing, but he did better than drovers I know that have been working cattle for years. I don't think he knows how rare it is to find someone with that connection naturally, but it sure made me happy - not to mention the boys, who just looked happy to work for someone whose natural gait matched theirs - instead of having to slow down to a saunter for me! Oh, and did I mention that every meal was home-made county fair food and involved pie? Or that they put me up in a local hotel - The Covered Wagon _ was nicer than some five-star resorts I have been to? Or that the ENTIRE town of Lusk is involved in some way with the oxen, if only as a huge admiration society. All in all, it was a great visit, and hopefully next year we can BOTH go to Rawhide and watch the boys (and Jon) make us proud!
Give my best to my favorite Henry in the whole world - now back to the real world of milking cows and making soap.