The first night was without incident. We were parked on the side of the rest stop just east of the Ukrainian village entrance. Sheila paid a visit to help with the horses and keep us company for the night, stayed the day while working on some mortgages she has on the go. Guy and Alick were up early just as any good cowboy would be. I watched through the window as they watered, fed, and brushed the horses. It is obvious they love them. I have yet to put my finger on one, as they seem like big creatures that eat lots and produce mountains.
The forecast calls for wind and that is what we got… Lots of it. I should kite board across the country! There’s an idea! Anyway, it is common knowledge amongst horse people (you know who you are) that horses hate the wind, especially if you mix in a bit of rain and snow. I can tell by the look on Alick’s and Guy’s faces when they arrived that cowboys are similar to horses in that respect.
The silver lining for such a cold miserable day is that we were invited to stay with a wonderful family who has spent the last 30 years building the perfect ranch. What makes it perfect is not so much the facility, but the memories created by raising 2 daughters and now a mitt full of grandchildren. Warm hospitality, a rye and coke and a feisty conversation about kids, dogs, horses, vet school, the politics of working within the government and the challenges educators face with kids these days…. Kids these days…
John and Jeannette have raised fantastically tempered golden labs. They have very select litters, loves them, and spends time with them. Meticulous about breed, bloodlines, not to breed the most valuable puppies but always, always to breed the healthiest and best tempered puppies…the most valuable traits in puppies, in my opinion
Trivia… To all you city folk, did you know that there are no range roads ending in 6, 7, 8 or 9??? Something to do with the earth not being flat.