Bad hair, good company, at the end of PK Lane where the Soldier Creek Trail up to Walker Prairie in the Bighorns starts. We found it by getting lost. Now that we know where it is, we’ll hike or ride it horseback.

It’s crunch time.

  1. Prepping the cabin for its first paid visitors, who are coming to view the 96.4% eclipse from our deck.
  2. Finishing Stunner.
  3. Getting my keynote ready for Killer Nashville.

And…helping Eric up after a pretty good tumble from his 17-hand Feathers. Luckily, Eric chose the dismount himself, so he landed on his side instead of his tush or head. Unluckily, it was in our rock driveway, so he has some serious road rash and bruising. I think he learned a lot, though, and within five minutes was back on bareback and understanding that Feathers did exactly what Eric asked him to do (accidentally), which was take off at a canter. So we practiced not squeezing with our feet or kicking, and the rest of the ride went smooth as silk, even if the two-mile walk home from the ranch where we board them was less fun with his boo-boos.


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We found a small ranch we desperately wanted to buy on the face of the mountains, but it sold out from under us. Then we realized we have no business buying a small ranch in Wyoming, when we spend half our year in Texas, no matter how much I want to start a draft horse rescue/rehab, and no matter that we saw three porcupines on the way to go see it (that’s some kind of good omen, I think, like seeing dolphins). Someday. Phew. Dodged that bullet.

Have a great week, all’a’y’all,

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8 Responses to Crunch

  1. Eric Hutchins says:

    Its never quiet around you and I thats for sure.

  2. I understand wanting something that is not necessarily right for the present time. On our 4,000 mile road trip in July, I discovered I am not sure I want to live in Jones Creek, Texas for the rest of my life… but coming home, I remembered all the reasons I might. So we will see. I’m glad you dodged that bullet, too, because there’s nothing worse than getting what you want at the wrong time and then realizing it. Digging yourself out of the ill-timed mess is a lot worse than not getting it at all.

    (I could draw the same parallel between this and my honey — if we’d married right out of college, we’d be divorced by now for sure. I tell every single person I know hankering for a significant other, “The right person at the wrong time is still the wrong person.” It could be said of ranches, houses, etc.)

  3. Steph says:

    Sorry about Eric’s fall… and Hideaway.
    It’s almost time for Nowheresville. You will be getting ready for that trip soon won’t you?

    • Pamela says:

      1. pretty sure he chipped his elbow. but will he go to doc? NO. 😉
      2. Hideaway: they have several contingencies to get through, we’re not giving up 🙂
      3. Oct 14. It’s gorgeous here in sept/oct, even tho my honey will be traveling most of it, the horses, dogs, and I will enjoy it!

  4. Nan says:

    So glad he’s ok after the fall! Three porcupines. Hmm. Maybe they were a sign that you were headed for a stick-y situation, i.e., buying a ranch you had no business buying at this time!! I love your dream/vision about the horses. You’ll be good at it!

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