I am a bit late with posting this but seems life right now is a bit fast and crazier than I want…today is a very special day of honoring our Dad’s.
This is my Dad…he was an amazing man…he lived with a left stiff leg from a football injury during his senior year in high school. Yet not once did he ever complain or make excuses for his life. Instead he fought to live a normal life and he did. I saw it and was witness to it…Dad was the real deal when it came to being a cowboy and a great Dad!
Dad with his horse Jingle across the road from the house in the 1940′s.
Dad roping in the 1950′s…
Dad in the 1970′s running one of the biggest cattle ranches in the state of Oregon. One of the very last cattle ranches in the state to drive their cattle down from the mountains in the late fall to the winter pasture. It was a 90 mile cattle drive with 800 head of mamma cows.
Newspaper Article On The Juniper T
Yearly Fall Cattle Drive
Cows headed home…we drove the cattle every fall for almost 30 years and by the time we did it the last year…it was a piece of cake. They knew where they were going…home.
Dad looking weary on the drive about half way through. This is my Dad…his horse Bucky…his dog Blue. He was pretty much John Wayne to me and Mom and kinda scary to Wild Bill:)
Oh come on WB Dad does not look scary here!!!
”WB are you gonna marry my daughter?”
“Yes sir….I am!”
“She is our little girl…and our only child…so I am watching you!”
“Don’t worry Dad…I am good with WB.”
I have so many good memories of growing up riding with Dad and working cows…but some of the best ones are when Dad took me fishing or when he taught me how to drive a four speed Scout up in the mountains…he was the solid comfort in Mom’s and my life…and he always kept a going.
Dad, you gave me the gift of life and horses:)
Happy Father’s Day…I learned everything I could from you about life and living and I miss you and Mom so very much.
I thank God for giving me a cowboy Dad like you!
Hotrod Cowgirl headed on down the road with horse power and horsepower:) Over and out…see ya on down the dusty trail!