01 July 2013

Looking at the World Through a Windshield

Spring vanished into a blur of road trips and job applications. And now it's summer. And now the temperature approaches 100 degrees.

The end of April meant moving big black beasts to spring pasture on the desert. Two trucks and two trailers with the capacity to hold about twelve steers each; about 500 steers to move; and a total round-trip time from corral to desert of about 1.5 hours. You do the math.

Driving into the kīpuka and a late season snow flurry.

Sheepherders staking their claim.

Freed happy bastards.

Back to Carey.

No man's land.

The tail end of the storm and the tail end of the Pioneer Mountains.

Next it was off to Wyoming, Laramie specifically, via small roads and smaller towns.

The mighty Snake River poised to experience spring runoff from the mighty Tetons.

The Gros Ventre Range from too afar.

The Wind River Range and Wyoming's highest peak, Gannett (13,809 ft).

What to do in Pinedale.

Because in America the views from your car aren't always as preferred as the views on your car.

There is one thing they do have in Wyoming.

Stayed in the famous Virginian Hotel in the not-so-famous, one-horse town of Medicine Bow and had my first whisky in many, many years. When in Wyoming...

The only thing that inhibits a Wyoming view are the requisite windbreaks in front of your Wyoming home.

Snowy Range Ski Area in the Snowy Range of the Medicine Bow Mountains.

Sinclair, Wyoming. Which came first: the oil refinery or the town?

Back in Idaho.

A few short days after my return I headed west bound for Elko. Six days on the road and I ain't gonna make it home tonight.

The Spanbauer rock barn and dance hall just outside of Twin Falls. It's for sale.

Salmon Falls Creek and the old Wells highway.

Approaching the East Humbolts.

The East Humbolt Range south of Wells and underneath Angel Lake.

Back to Idaho and then north. A week with the little man above Cascade.

Leaving the Soldiers behind again.

School camp morning meditation.

Springtime in the Rockies.

Perfect peace.

Home for now. The engine idles.

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