Klondike Rush

The Klondike Rush was held here in August, and since it was an anniversary year of the event — 40 years — Paul and the other two men who started the race were honored.  Here are the founders of the Klondike Rush:

Paul Jarvis, Bob Miller and Dave Harness.  All finished the race this day.

Here is a great write-up about the race from the YMCA website:

The Klondike Rush is the oldest running 10K event in Wyoming and surrounding states. Our historic 10K course will get you out into the hills with some good climbs and great scenery as you run to views of the Bighorn Mountains and the sounds of Clear Creek. The popularity of this event continued to grow over the years and led to the addition of the 5k distance. The 5k course is fun and fast for those interested in time, but is also very family and walker friendly. Following the two main events is the FREE Klondike Kids run with three distances depending on age. The Klondike Rush is fun for the whole family!

The name, “Klondike,” comes from the name of the street that the race begins on, in front of the YMCA.  It has become very popular and participants come from around the world.

To commemorate the event, “Whistle-nut and Ole,” rodeo team with trained bull, was present to start the race. When I first saw Ole, I was thinking, “it’s a good thing that ambulance is nearby.”

After some confusion and spinning-around and trouble with a camera, the main event was finally off and running.

Paul did well, especially considering that he hadn’t had a lot of time to train.

It’s always fun to see our friends at the Klondike Rush!  Dave, Dean (always a winner) ,Bob, Paul.  Well done, guys!

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TA Ranch

This week I’m catching up on some of the events that happened here over the summer.  As a Magistrate Judge, Paul had a wedding to officiate at the TA Ranch and invited me to go along.  I didn’t take any photos of the wedding itself, since I didn’t know the couple, but I did want to share some photos of the barn itself.

This was the center of a real-live, old-west shoot-out in 1892.  Their website describes it in this way:

When you escape to the TA Ranch at Buffalo, Wyoming you are surrounded by the history of the old west.   At the crossroads of the Indian wars of the late 1800’s to the trail through the Ranch of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, to the infamous Johnson County Range War of movie fame of “Shane” and “The Virginian,” it’s all here.

1883 TA Barn and Ranch House, occupied by Cattle Baron invaders in the April 1892 three day shoot-out at the Ranch, are today preserved and used on a daily basis by our guests and Ranch hands.

In the cold spring of 1892, a battle pitching homesteading ranchers against the might of the Cattle Barons who had controlled the open range and their hired gunmen in the area reached its peak.  After Baron assassins killed rancher Jones and rancher Tisdale in December 1891 near the Ranch, the Barons and their gunmen set out to eliminate any threat to their control of the Powder River Range by invading the area in April 1892, hunting down and eliminating the homesteading rancher “rustlers” and community public officials and leaders, deemed “rustlers” by such association.

These hunters quickly became the hunted.  An angry posse of hundreds of Johnson County residents/ranchers got wind of the plan and surrounded the invaders at their refuge at the TA Ranch. So began the climactic battle of the famous Johnson County War–a conflict which pitched cowboy and neighbor against the Barons and their gunmen, a western episode that continues to intrigue western historians to this day.  You may have seen filmed versions of the events by the History Channel of American television in recent years, all done at the TA Ranch and its historic properties.

In this photo Paul is looking for the bullet holes left in the barn at the time of the invasion.

They’re not hard to spot.

To get the fully story, though, you need to read about the Johnson County War itself; a great account of it is given here.  The photos are great, too.

We stepped inside the barn and I could imagine what it must have felt like inside this building with a whole town of angry people ready to burn it down.

The wedding was held outdoors and was nice–the bride arrived by horse-drawn wagon, Paul did a great job, the reception and food was nice, and everyone was ready for a good time of celebration at the original site of the 1892 Johnson County Invasion.

 

 

 

Timely Quotes

Perhaps I should explain where all these quotes are coming from.  Since 1990 I’ve been keeping small pocket calendars that I write special quotes in from scripture, books, newspapers, movies, even Facebook, etc.  — anything that speaks in a special way to me, and to what my circumstances are at the time.  I’ve never tried to line up the quote with the date; I like the size of the pocket calendars, and just write from page to page, ignoring dates and days of the week.  If I want to remember the occasion, I’ll write the date beside the quote.

I can always pick up these calendars free from various businesses.  They have no idea what treasures they have become to me!

Some days I’ll write nothing and other days I may write 5-6 quotes and record a difficulty I’m dealing with at the time.  Some years I end up using 3-4 pocket calendars (such as in each of the years when my parents passed away).  These little booklets are my life because they are the specific scriptures and quotes God is giving me, especially during trials and difficulties.  He always gives me exactly what I need, every day.  I have no idea why He blesses me in this way; I’m not deserving, but these timely truths firmly bring me through those difficulties.

This summer, while walking each day, I began grabbing one of the notebooks each day to re-read as I walked along.  It’s easy to read one quote, then walk a bit and think about it before reading another, or read several at a time.  What amazed me was the fact that I was experiencing similar, difficult situations through the years, and God was giving me the exact same quotes each time.  The quotes came from the particular page of a book I was reading, or the particular assigned scripture of the day, so they weren’t quotes I was “looking” for.  God’s timing is perfect.  This week I’m sharing more of these quotes, as I know they could be just what you need to hear today, too.

Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God.  Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage.  The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace.  — Matthew 6:5-6 (MSG)

Anyone who intends to come with me has to let Me lead.  You’re not in the driver’s seat, I am.  Don’t run from suffering; embrace it.  Follow Me and I’ll show you how.  — Matthew 16:24-25 (MSG)

Let your heart be at rest.  You may enjoy a deep, settled peace that no disturbance can destroy.  It is maintained by your confidence in My love.  Place in My care both yourself and all you hold dear…Release all anxiety.  I am watching over you.  — (Given to me the day one of our children travelled to New Zealand for a 6-month study program), Progress of Another Pilgrim, pg. 108

No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.  — Isaiah 54:17

What should set us apart is our trust, our ability to let God loose in our circumstances rather than forever trying to control them ourselves.  — Barbara Johnson, Promises of Joy, pg. 44

Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.  I’ll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.  — Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.  — Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)