Brown and Blue

We only got a slight dusting of snow this week — enough to have to shovel the driveway but not enough to cover the fields.  You can see that the walking trail was pretty dry within a day or two of the snowfall.

The roads didn’t stay icy for long, and the fields were still brown against the bright, blue sky.  A beautiful day for a walk!

Deer crossing:

I stopped to visit with a friend and enjoyed seeing this adorable dog, Mikki.

One brown, one blue.  Perfect!

 

 

 

 

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Snowprints

A few days ago we received our second dusting of snow for the season.  I loved observing the various footprints on the walking trail that morning, and trying to guess what they were.

Prancing deer?

Tiny things:

Bunnies:

Turkey

Others:

 

 

Longmire Days

A huge event occurs in Buffalo every summer now — Longmire Days.  Because Buffalo is the setting for Craig Johnson’s Longmire books, this is the perfect place to hold the event.  It brings thousands of fans every time.  I am a Longmire fan–I think the TV show was great fun to watch, though I admit I have not read the books.  There are several main events to attend, if you care to pay the price–from baseball (“Cowboys vs. Indians”) to motorcycling, from autographs to acting lessons, from trap shooting to horseback riding–you can get “up close and friendly” with these very friendly actors and actresses.  They’ve expressed that they love coming back to Buffalo each year, as an opportunity to experience the real old-west and to get up and personal with fans.

I don’t usually attend the pay-for events, but the parade is always fun.

Author Craig Johnson:

“Ruby:”

“The Ferg:”

“Branch:”

Here comes “Sheriff Walt Longmire” himself:

A group of fans with “Bob Barnes” leading the way:

Before the parade I was able to meet up with a high school classmate and his wife — Ken & Barb Tompkins — who had come from Kansas City for this event.

I also ran into another friend that had come from out-of-state.  Nancy ran the lights for many musicals and concerts I accompanied years ago; a great lighting tech.  You never know who you’ll run into at Longmire Days.  It was great seeing these friends, if only briefly!

I did attend one pay-for event this year–a very interesting question and answer time with cast members John Bishop (“Bob Barnes”), Zahn McClarnon (“Officer Matthias”), Adam Bartley (“The Ferg”) and A. Martinez (Jacob Nighthorse).

If you Google “Longmire Days” you will see many more fun photos of the event.

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!

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.

 

 

 

All Eyes On Me

The walking path I usually take each morning and evening is very close to our home.  It’s a good way to observe the changing colors in the Big Horn Mountains.  The cattle always seem interested in me, and I often greet them on my way by.

All eyes on me!