I took off last Monday afternoon and went to Martin, staying the night with Fr Tyler.. he drove me on down to Merriman Neb the next morning where we met up with Marty Blocker at 5:30 am… Marty and I spurred Silver and away we went, heading for the Poetry Gathering in Durango, Colorado…. we traveled good, there was never any quiet as we drove a long, we are good traveling partners… we both need to use the bathroom at the same time and felt the need for water and food at the same time also.. Marty was the Capitan and I was the Navigator… what could possibly go wrong?

We got to the north east edge of the Denver area and found us a trail around it… of course, being in Colorado, they evidently have better things to spend their money on than road signs….. we managed to get across the north end in suburbs… everyone was in a hurry and evidently the speed limit signs are just a suggestion.. and me and ol’ Marty know that the weak that don’t keep up with the herd get ate, so we whipped and spurred and stayed with them.. when Colorado passed the law to allow people to use pot legally, I am pretty sure they knew what they were doing as if you were smoked up and mellowed out when you got to any city, it would be a good thing, but my guess is that no one is using it before they drive, as they sure ain’t mellow!!!

We got around the mess, into the mountains which, while very pretty, are not the best for making good time… we made it to Glenwood Spring (where Doc Holliday is supposedly buried, but we never seen any proof).. every body in three states was wanting to go a different direction than us so it was a teensy bit exasperating for a couple of ol’ cowboys… Marty’s cousin finally found us and lead us to his brothers place where we had a great supper and conversation…then he lead us up a mountain road that no self respecting mountain goat would have traveled on as it would be just too scary… he was kind enough to go slow enough we could keep up and by then it was dark so we couldn’t really see to the bottom of the straight off drop off most of the way up… we sure crowded that canyon wall! We spent that night at his “little” cabin… evidently them fellers make better wages than me on ol’ Marty….early next morning (like 5 am early) we was up and at them.. followed him south, I guess, really hard to tell directions with out the sun and heck, in that country I bet they only get 3 hours down in them canyons…he said we was headed south and by golly, turns out he was right! We ate breakfast then headed out for Ouray and Silverton and then Durango… we never did leanr to pronounce Ouray like the natives… we did find a real nice gentleman there who tried to pass us with flashing lights and turns out he followed us everywhere we went, so thinking he needed to ask us something about cows or horses, Marty pulled over.. he did ask us a bunch of questions but wasn’t a one of them about cows and horses…. we must be popular as he had another feller with the same kind of car come over and visit with us also.. not sure why they was both so red faced… I think they must have had a cold and it effected their ears cuz they sure talked loud.. I bet they realized they was talking to fellers who don’t hear very well… didn’t matter, we sure heard them… he suggested that the road ahead was steep and windy and we might better slow it down, so we thanked him for the nice conversation and told him we needed to be getting on our way, so they both walked off shaking their heads… again, must have been the head colds… anyhoo…

We started up this twisty trail and man there was some nice views.. poor ol Marty was holding the steering wheel, so didn’t get to see as much as me as he had his eyes closed most of the time.. but I kept up a running documentary of what we was seeing and how well he was driving and encouraging him as best I could…I even got some video but can’t get my stupid camera to share much of it..

We finally winds down into Durango, and I had been their the year before so I was really showing Marty all the high points.. we found our lodging and they was good folks other than they sure try to crowd a lot of vehicles into a tiny spot.. some of the folks couldn’t even get their car doors open after we parked, but we could, so that was what really mattered… they always feed us a good breakfast in the morning also but wouldn’t let us in until 6 am, so we’d have plenty of time to visit and make plans before breakfast…

Not sure if I remember what all we did from Thursday night until Sunday morning as there was just so much and we only had 24 hours a day to jam as much fun into as we could, but I do remember a real nice little horse “ranch” we got to eat and entertain and listen to good musicians and poetry at… and the Starter Hotel hosted a bunch of us like minded folks and just plumb turned the place over to us…you’d think they’d know better, but by golly they been doing it for quite a few years…most had the good taste to take off their spurs and knock most of the trail dust off before they went in and sat down..we got to ride a tiny little ol train up a steep canyon, but they had the foresight to knock the rock off the edges enough in places to where they could sneak the cars by and only about half of the side of the car was hanging over open space, but shoot, it wasn’t but 100 to 500 feet down into that canyon and there was water flowing in the bottom, so I bet if you did fall off, you’d likely miss all them rocks and land in the water for a safe landing.. I was a bit disappointed when they told me I couldn’t drive the train, even when me an ol’ Marty both told them what a good driver I am.. heck, sit’s on tracks! How you gonna go wrong!

And then several of them fellers running around and working the train stopped me from getting up on the roof.. I was planning on surfing that train just like them boys out in California do and I seen fellers doing it on the movies so I knew I could.. and they watched me pretty close, like they was afraid I would go ahead and do it after I promised them several times I wouldn’t.. matter of fact, they watched me like a hawk… never could sneak away long enough to get out of their sight…

Marty and other performers performed all the way up and all the way back on 6 different cars.. up the canyon, where they turned the train around, they fed us and  let some rest their legs a bit.. right purty little canyon, kind of windy and chilly but I had my flannians on so I was prepared…

We stuck around the Strater most of the time when we wasn’t out terrorizing the other people in that country, evidently they don’t get too many people with hats and boots..the food was always good tho’ they sure were proud of it.. we went out to a roadhouse and I got Marty to eat raw oysters with me and he said they was good, we never did find out what breed they come from…

Sunday morning we headed for home as I had checked the weather and they claimed snow was coming.. me and ol Marty, we ain’t afraid of no snow, heck we seen a bunch in our lives, but we sure didn’t want to be going thru’ them big cites with anything but dry pavement, I sure wish someone would teach them folk to drive… only took us about 3 big circles thru’ and around Colorado Springs to finally find the right road.. again, with their lack of road signs.. of course I was driving and Marty was navigating with the map, but them maps don’t show roads in and around them cities very well… QWe did stop and check out the Royal Gorge,, pretty disappointing as they wouldn’t let us drop a punk in’ over the side.. heck. they had some setting right close.. claimed we might hit one of them rafters or kayakers was down there over a 1000 feet below in the Arkansaw river, but we’d of never hit anyone, we got better aim than that.. and so what if we did, them folks must have a death wish anyway…heck a punkin ain’t gonna hurt no one dropped on their head… Some of the people discouraged us from hanging off over the railing on the outside to get a better view.. sure are a bunch of scared cats around there…we headed back on out and Silver flew thru’ the day and 11:30 pm found us back in Merriman and Fr Tyler picked me up and hauled me back to his place.. I slept a few hours and headed home, sure felt good to be back amongst people who know what a speed limit sign means and see grass and cattle.. we seen some cattle out their in Colorado but I am betting they are buying lots from this country cuz we didn’t see enough to feed even half the people we seen, for one meal!

It was a great trip and if we can get that restraining order throwed out before next year, heck, we’ll go back! But not Red Mountain Summit! Something about them wiggly side roads seem to bother poor ol’ Marty’s indigestion…

We took off the other morning and went back to Aberdeen area and got to flat bed loads of hay, behind the pickups, Tate’s and mine… Chance rode with me… long day but good hay and they pulled good..then yesterday morning Tate and I took off and left Chance and we went back on the other side of Huron and got two loads.. almost as good of hay, poorer roads.. man, coming east out of Ft Pierre that road is beat up! Not sure why, can’t think of any heavy loads that would be going west… it sucks until you get west of Hayes.. make your pickup and trailer buck and jump like a bucking horse.. Tate’s load must have been different than mine or he is just young enough to handle it, but I had to slow down.. I was afraid I would tear the neck off the trailer or break a spring! Sad part is, we need to go get at least a couple more loads… Bridger hill was fun to go down and pull up the other side… Ol’ Blue just flat got down on his belly and pulled… if I had a truck that handled loads as good as this one ton Dodge Dually and an automatic like it has, I’d go to trucking hay! I think we averaged about 8 miles to the gallon over and back, both days..

Chance had several local loads on trucks come in and he unloaded and rikked and stacked them up.. got more to come…

Rained a bit last night and supposed to be more going in today and tonight.. let it pour! We will take it.. back there on the other side of Huron, it is lush green and water in ditches.. looks like heaven after this dry ol’ country around here.. too bad it’s so far.. we’d just haul cows out there and let them guys feed them all winter! But it would cost us almost twice as much as buying the hay and feeding it ourselves…


Tho the calendar tells me it is still summer, it isa fall for us… working calves, cooler temps…

Cindy and I drove to Ft Pierre to go to their Heritage Festival, on Friday.. Chance, Hope and kids went also. Chance, Gus and I were to perform… went good, Gus did a great job.. Addy Bear rode along with us so I taught her a short little poem to tell the crowd, she did good and they loved it..I had to host all the day sessions and we had a great jam session on Friday night in the lobby of the motel we were all staying in, along with all the other performers…

Cindy and I took her Nitro in to get an estimate from deer damage on it and did a few other things in the Hills, yesterday.

Cooler and windy today and supposed to stay that way this week… I need to get back east and get a load of hay or two that I bought.. need Chances trailer tho’ and he’s been using it building fence..

I should go out in the wind and move some cattle today..

As always, we sure could use a good rain… normally we get at least 10 inches, evening a dry year and I think we are less than 7 right now.. sure hope the rest gets here before it comes as snow, but afraid we will get some this winter… we need it to fill dams and recharge water underground, but I am not looking forward to it..and it can rain enough in the spring to do all that…it just seldom seems to happen that way..

We had a nice stretch of color weather but it stopped yesterday and they are saying it will be a warm weekend..

I got some chinking done in the mud room today, I forgot how bad it wears me out.. need to finish one wall but have to wait for this to dry so I can move stuff..

We got cattle in the other day and sorted off some that needed branded and I am sure glad that is done.. big job, but went well..

I had to run to Rapid day before yesterday and get a new hearing aid as I lost one while we were working cattle.. my guy, Norman, at Mountain Plains Audiology always treats me so good, ended up with a new set and sure didn’t cost too bad.. Cindy said she didn’t care what they cost, she hates it when I don’t have them or wear them.

While out checking cows the other evening we found some more plums so Hope and the kids and I went and picked them then she and Cindy made jelly.. you can’t have too much wild plum jelly!

We got some gigs coming up.. Ft Pierre next weekend, then Valentine the last weekend and Alzada on that Sunday… They’ve invited Gus to come play so we’ve all been practicing a bit..

Hope the cooler weather come back and I’d sure take several inches of rain if anyone wants to send some..

Sept 2nd today… where did the summer go?

Chance and I went and helped a neighbor the other day who had to move cattle because of the drought.. he was told he had to move his cattle, at the last minute, so us and some others went over to a big pasture on the gumbo and spent all day looking for and sorting his cattle off from a bunch of other cattle..pens there were not good enough to gather all the cattle and sort at the corral so we just worked them out easy and drove them to the pens.. we never found them all but got the majority of them.. long day.. Gus went with us and had his first taste of a long cowboy day.. he rode his new horse, Remmy and both got along great.. Chance and I each took two horses so could swap out, so it wasn’t too bad.. probably rode over 15 miles for sure.. we got the cattle all hauled away and then worked the cows and calves under lights…

Chance and Hope and I went to Eagle Butte last night for their bronc match.. had a great time, good broncs and riders… knew most of them by reputation.. a feller named Chase Miller from Texas won it..

Been pretty warm but supposed to cool off the first of next week.. we need to brand some cows so hope to get it done on one of the cooler days.

Cool this morning but warming up fast.. got .50 hundreds the other night so it’s a bit muggy…

Went out and performed at Devils Tower on Friday and Saturday night.. nice little crowd and very receptive.. good time. They were doing their Ride a Horse Feed a Cowboy fund raiser at Hulett so got in on the fun, real good broncos and bull match..

I got the horses in early this morning and us menfolk rode out and moved cows and shut gates on the cattle.. the cattle have grass it’s just a matter of how long it will last..

Need to go help a neighbor tomorrow and the net day as he has to sort his cows off from a big area with other peoples cattle and move them.. going to be hot dry work..

We picked plums the other day so Hope and Cindy made jelly yesterday until Cindy had to leave to go to work.. got quite a bit, also some grape jelly Cindy made a week or so ago.. the girls still have juice and need to make it into jelly as they ran out of jars and lids…

Hoping it cools back off but when you see what is going on in the south with all the rain and flooding down there, it’s really pretty hard to complain..

Than it has been for awhile… got some showers, nothing huge but it is helping the country side to green up a bit..went down on the river for AR last week.. had a good time, got to hang out with people we don’t see too often.. had to come back for Bob Smiley’s funeral on Saturday. 92 years, he had…not sure if I want to last that long…Cindy Mae a little chokecherry jelly a few weeks ago when there were some… we have a few wild plums but they are not quite ripe yet… sure hope we get some, plum jelly is the best, as far as I am concerned..got a gig this Friday and Saturday night out at Devils Tower.. there also have an event going on at Huellet, so I might have to check it out… not much new to tell.. we got some bales hauled in, need more, have some back east that are paid for that I need to go get… we are a bit past 6 inches of rain since Jan 1 so have another 4 coming before Jan 1, according to past records.. I hope it comes as rain and not snow..

No see! I forget about updating on here…

Cindy leaves a tin bowl out on the porch in which she leaves food for the dogs and cats. evidently she likes fat ones as they seldom clean it all up… Dogs have been barking at night and she gets mad because it wakes here.. about a week ago, I was up late, ( not unusual) and hear some rattling around on the porch, so drinking water I turned on the light and here was a mama coon and two babies… when I opened the door she looked at me like I was the intruder, so I spit water on her and she and one of the babies ran off.. the other was so intent on the food he just kept eating, so I spit water on him too so he ran off. I thought it was pretty funny, I was setting her doing some stuff on the computer and here some rattling around, so I go turn the light on and here is mama coon and two babies agin.. no water this time, but I opened the door and they just looked up and stared at me.. I told them to get and they just stared at me… I said it a lot louder and the mama took off while the young ones just kept staring at me, like, “Hey Dude, it’s a party, don’t be a party pooper”. But I made a move and hollered at them and they ran off… amazing how when something starts getting free meals, they start to take ownership of it and seem to think it is their right and they are entitled to it.. I think it’s time for at least a BB gun and maybe something more powerful.. after all, they were not invited nor do they do anything to help us out as the cats and dogs do who earn their right to the free food..

Me and three little cowpunchers went out and rode around the cows this morning.. found some bulls who had sore feet so I took them to Punkin Center for lunch and then got some vaccine.. this evening after the women went to work, they and Chance and I drove out and doctored the bulls with the dart gun.. these dart guns have sure changed how we doctor on pasture.. but them cattle only let you get one free shot and if you have to retreat them, they are a bit more wary of the pickup.. several of these were.. we may have to find a few more bull to help them finish up their business

Cindy and Hope are working nights at the MC Jail during her Rally.. seems like they are getting along fine but sounds like the people who come in and have to go under their care are none to happy about them doing so.. for some reason, it’s no fun when you brea the rules and the police tell you  that you have to quit playing for a bit.. mostly drunks and druggies, sounds like..

Several of us went up to Fatih and watched the bronc riding last night, real good watching.. poor ol’ Chad Ferley came off his horse just about the whistle and did something to him, a leg it looked like, so they hauled him to Rapid in the Ambulance.. hope it wasn’t too serious, he is getting some age on him..

Cooler weather snd sounds like it supposed to stay that way for a spell, I suppose end of the month and first part of September it will get hot again, seems like one deal always follows another..we have got some shots of rain, nothing to wild but sure has helped and we thank the good Lord for what we got and ask for more, we are awful greedy about rain, around here..

We’ve caught a few showers and some rains.. got a half inch a few nights ago and 15 hundredths last evening.. been some fires around but people respond and watch for them, so they’ve all been stopped pretty quick.. Cindy went for a short ride with me this evening to check on a mud hole we had lost a calf in a few days ago.. no stuck calves.. it was threatening lightning and rain so we rode back and after playing with Gabe and Lige and Tate roping the dummy off our horses, we drove back out and hauled out the garbage and then drove and checked all the tanks.. I’d filled dirt in around them the other day so it’s easier for the calves to get a drink. If you follow me on Facebook I posted some video’s.. can’t seem to get them on here.. got a new computer, well, new to me anyway, and things work a little different evidently..


Got up or close to 100 last couple days.. it is a hot and dry booger… no moisture to speak of for a long time, fires been happening, got a big one down south of Kadoka they are working on… been having some trouble with a tooth so went in yesterday to be told it need pulled, but they couldn’t do it where I was so went on to Rapid and they did pull it.. one of my wisdom teeth.. fist tooth I’ve even had pulled that I can remember.. it wasn’t bad.. the swelling and pain is a pain this morning, but not real bad.. gave me some oxygen condo or some such and it’s a waste of time.. only drug I’ve ever got from a doctor that I liked was Demoral.. man, I could turn into an addict on that stuff! 😀

Not much happening around here, neighbor came over yesterday and cut a small patch of alfalfa up the creek.. probably won’t amount to much but in a drought year there is no sense waiting for seed, especially as we will probably have to graze it before we could get it combined for the seed anyway… and there are hoppers working on it….

Been doing some leather work on these hotter days…been praying for rain along with my regular prayers for all those I pray for… We did a Novena to St Isodore, twice and got rains both times, must be time to do one again… everyone is trying to locate or haul in feed for this winter which I am afraid will be a cold hard one.. seems like dry years make for hard winters.. not enough feed to begin with and seems like your only going to get so much moisture a year anyway, so if you don’t get it in spring and summer you will get it in winter.. maybe we will have a wet fall…