Saturday, August 13, 2011
Another blogger meet-up
Steve and Libby are in Wyoming on a week-long trip to attend a Jackson Hole wedding, so I managed to kidnap Steve for a few days of visiting our western Wyoming range country. The photo above includes Steve and Libby, and Cat and Jim Urbigkit.
Steve was given the proper introduction to this wild range as we drove through the Bondurant basin to see teams of draft horses cutting hay, and we met one of Cat’s old friends, a local cowboy, in the Bondurant post office. Continuing south to Cat and Jim’s, Steve was met by an empty wine bottle on the step (left over from the evening prior) and a dead prairie dog in the yard, compliments of guardian dogs. Steve was able to meet the sheep, burros and guardian dogs, as well as see a variety of raptors, cranes, pronghorn antelope, sage grouse, and even a pygmy rabbit in the wild (something few have seen).
Steve gave a public presentation at the Sublette County Library in Pinedale about the ancient relationship between man, bird, horse and dog which was well received by its audience. After being so well behaved, Jim and Steve then proceeded back to the ranch to drink vodka like Kazakhs, so by the time we deposited Steve back with Libby on Saturday, he was indeed slightly worse for the wear, but a good time had been had by all.
Here’s Steve out in the sagebrush country near the Big Sandy River, with Tabernacle Butte in the distance.