Fragile Seconds Between Life And Death….

A few weeks ago we were on the way home from Seattle, WA. on a fast and furious Sunday. We delivered a customer vehicle to its owner that morning…


WB, Ellie and I got up super early in the wee morning hours and hit the trail to Seattle, WA. which for us is I-82 to I-90…about 200 miles, one way.

We were excited to deliver the outrageous, flashy red “69” Barracuda back to her owner, he was so excited to see his girl and drive her again! It was a joy to me to meet the owner and his lovely wife…and also their friends who had seen them through the Barracuda frame off restoration.


After unloading the Barracuda we went in search of a gas station that sold diesel…when we tow our triple axle 30′ car trailer with our crew cab dually, we are the same length as a semi truck and trailer…it’s hard to maneuver in tight places, which would be gas stations with lots of small cars running in and out, cutting you off.

All the delays we experienced on that Sunday morning, were a blessing, as the delays kept us safe.

We got back on I-90 about 11:50am….traffic was heavy but we were getting through it and closer to Ellensburg, WA. where we hoped the heavier traffic would disappear as we turned towards Yakima.


It was about 12:45 pm and I turned to check Ellie to make sure she was doing ok and then I heard WB say “HANG ON!!!”

I turned and saw several cars and pick ups crashing and one going backwards in front of us…no warning or time to react, it all happened so fast!


By God’s grace, WB was able to get us stopped, our empty car trailer has a weight of 6000 pounds. That’s a heavy load on the hitch and that weight pushes against us in stopping quickly…the trailer tires were ruined but we were stopped and alive! If we had a car in the trailer, adding more hitch weight on us, we may not have been able to get stopped.


Directly in front of us was a small white SUV…and then the massive wreck. You can see our pick up and trailer with our name on it and the small white SUV right behind the Washington Department Of Transportation truck. As soon as WB got us stopped…we both watched our side mirrors wondering if we would also get hit from behind or the sides. We had lots of smaller cars behind us that got stopped but were sitting  kittywampus or crooked, as well as RV’s and pick ups with boats…all miracles in that they were able to stop without warning like us.


Once we saw it was safe to get out, and no one was going to crash into us…WB grabbed our first aid kit and told me to sit tight with Ellie and pray…and I prayed and prayed hard.

The driver of the small white SUV that separated us from the wreck, told us later that he, his wife and two daughters were on vacation from Georgia, he told us”by God’s intervention, we got stopped behind him, as all he could see in his mirror was our big rig and he knew if we hit them it would not be good.” WB was ready to drive us off into the median to avoid hitting him or anyone and we agreed, God was there that day in all our lives!


As  a grateful cancer survivor, I know life is lived right now and in the moment…I truly appreciate it! We never know what today will bring to our lives…life is sacred with each breath we take!

My heart goes out to all the injured and their families…one passenger was gravely hurt, they did cpr for over an hour, unfortunately they did not survive. Those who had serious injuries went to the hospital once the medics arrived.

Traffic was backed up behind us 22 miles on I-90, as the freeway was closed for several hours. After three hours of waiting, they opened a single lane of freeway up so that we all could head for home.


I took the photos above and below when we got home that Sunday evening. No storm or rain and yet, the double rainbow lasted for several minutes. I felt it was God letting me know He was protecting us and He also had those who stepped into His arms in heaven.


We continue to pray for all of those who were involved in the wreck, the families of those who did not make it and also to those who did. I give thanks for those who helped, performing first aid until the paramedics arrived and to the nurse who stopped her vehicle in the opposite lanes and came to help. God bless all of you…I pray healing on all your lives.


And to my husband who was in control of our truck and trailer, he got us stopped safely, and then he went to help those directly involved. He has always been my White Knight and yup he still is!


I love you WB:)


Praying that you will be blessed wherever you are…wishing you a peaceful weekend! Your lives are precious…HRCG is over and out for now but hang on, I will be back!

Ocean Daze…Makes HRCG Plaze!

Ocean Daze Makes HRCG Plaze…The Ocean Is Heaven To Me!


We recently spent ten days on the Oregon Coast….our condo over looked the Pacific Ocean…literally! This was my view off the deck, the windows in the living area and off the deck of our bedroom…magical  huh?


The condos are built on rock that rumbles and roars when the waves crash over it. I shot this photo from our deck looking out…you can see the other condo units that stretch across the rocks…


The first day of our stay, we had huge waves rolling in that were incredible to watch as they hit the rocks, putting on a big show!


And here comes loads of ocean spray looking for windows and you if you are outside!


The Oregon Coast is one of my most favorite places to go to….I love the rugged coast line and the awesome beauty of the Pacific Ocean. The sound of the waves crashing…the sunsets…the storms…the incredible roar of high tide and the out of control power of it all!


I love walking on the beach, barefooted of course, as there is something incredibly cool when you have sand between your toes:) Mom and I escaped to the ocean and the beach each summer the end of August…our excuse was school shopping.


Dad rarely took time away from the cattle ranch…in all my years growing up, we never took a family vacation together as he felt he had to stay and keep an eye on the cows. We wished he would have come with us but the beach was not his thing. In later years he told me that he wished he had gone with us and done more with both Mom and I…he told me to not make the same mistake and to enjoy life with WB as time is short!

Dad and I Herding Cattle

I love you Dad and we did have a good life together on our horses…you taught me so much and I am eternally grateful forever…

DSC01256Off we’d go…shopping a few days in Portland and then we hit the beach…it was a total ahhhh as we both loved the ocean…it was a peaceful respite for us from the cattle ranch and life as we knew it…it was cowgirl heaven:)


Full of amazing peace that washes over you with each wave…as the cares of the world and the tension in your shoulders fades away…and the silence you feel in your spirit, brings a great big smile to your face with a “Yippee Ki-Yay!”  “Yippee Yappee Yahooey…Life Is GOOD!”


Once WB and I arrived at our condo, (and WB could drag me away from the “oh wow did you see that wave….wait…no, oh that one was huge…where is my camera….I have to grab some pictures…whoa, did you see that one…?”) we rearranged our chairs to look out on the ocean…cool view huh?


We scooted our chairs up to the windows that over look the water… you felt like you were floating on the ocean! Our perch for over a week…wrap around (windows on the left side too) views of the water…I found myself stopping in my tracks each day as the view was so beautiful…we loved it:)


Wild at heart and yet so very peaceful to my soul…


There are two places on earth that I stand in absolute awe of God…the Rockie Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.


Both places have uncontrollable power that is God…His glorious presence radiates as I often hear Him say “My child, is anything in your life to difficult for Me?”


His power brings the peace that passes understanding!


I hope you enjoyed the views!


Ya never know I may show up and say “Smile, you’re on HRCG’S Camera or Spotting Scope…


I would rather you be on my camera!”


Have a “Blessed” weekend wherever you are! And remember to live life to the fullest as time passes too fast!


Mom finally got Dad to go to the beach on their 40th Anniversary in 1979! They had fun…notice Dad had his cowboy boots on and Mom was barefoot…yep runs in the family:)


Enjoy each day and be sure your loved ones know that you love them!

Birthday Daze Of 2014!

Birthday daze of 2014 has proved once again to never be boring:)

DSC05296Our good friends Pat and Kevin, spent many evenings the last month walking our land, looking for all the things that make us country people in Juniper Canyon.

SONY DSCAll was top-secret, unbeknownst to me, as Pat wanted to make me a surprise arrangement of heartfelt friendship for my birthday.

SONY DSCI was soooo surprised and for once wordless…yeah I know, me???

SONY DSCI  love all the wonderful things they found for the arrangement…

DSC05355The smells of sage mixed with various grasses and the added wheat always smells good to this country girl!

SONY DSCWild Bill supplied Pat with the awesome box for the arrangement…it’s perfect:)

SONY DSCI will love it forever:)


 And this says it all to me!

CCI00001Embrace every day that we are given to live…as the day will never happen again in our lifetime.

SONY DSCLife is moving forward…grab on and enjoy the ride…don’t look back!

DSC04589HRCG is over and out for now…but never for long:)

Camera Times With HRCG!

Camera times with  HRCG can be both a bit country girl crazy, rather adventurous and never a dull moment fun!


I looked out my window on a winter’s day to see incredible light and the sky a blaze in varied colors…I grabbed my camera and out the door I went.


 Capturing the sky colors with the surreal light above…with a happy smile of delight on my face.


As I caught the reflection from above in the puddle at my feet:)


Rainbow colors pursued me above…click click click…the light and the colors were etherial as they pulled me into a photo shoot…


Ending with one more of life’s beautiful reflections…in a mud puddle no doubt at my feet:) There is a lesson in that!


And here we go..hang on!

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A beauty in a field of dreams…

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Doing what I know…

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Cowboy son Curt knows too…he’s talking to Annie!

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As we learn to communicate with our horses, we can join them in the dance of respect and grace.

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Horses have two basic forms of communication–vocal and body language. The more sophisticated of the two by far is body language. With a mere look, a flick of the ears, or a turn of the head, horses can communicate to each other and to us, if we learn to understand their body language.

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Annie began to trust her human…she took the first step of the dance. Annie looks at Curt with trust…she submits as she now knows he will not hurt her or harm her…he is now her leader:)


Did I say hang on…I’m shifting gears through the corner and getting it on!


Wild weather and clouds are a daily occurrence here anymore…kind of weird but kinda cool for my camera!


A beautiful field of yellow Canola! When you use Canola Oil next time…think of the close up and personal shot you saw of Canola growing.






A sort of annoyed Minnie:)


Cone Doggie and not too happy! I don’t blame poor Ellie! She was spayed on Wednesday and she has to wear this cone thing to protect her incision from her licking it to death…and she is not happy!


Lola:) My Lola!


Have A Happy Happy Happening Wild Weekend! HRCG Over And Out For Now…But Never For Long:)

The First Breathe Of Spring

The first breath of Spring is elusive here in Juniper and yet, can it be?


 Is it Spring? I felt her brush my cheek tonight as I stood outside taking pictures without a coat or shoes…I saw magic time colors…grabbed my camera and out the door I went…lucky we have a nice patio that accommodates feet with or without socks!


When we went to bed Saturday night, the snow was beginning to drift and blow…


And when we woke up Sunday morning,


We had drifts blocking various roads and doors…and fun photography shots!


However, some of us were getting a bit perturbed…ok darn right cranky!


Bitchy, Grumpy and Sweet Melody…aw my Mel, you are so sweet!


By the time we went to bed Sunday night…the great thaw had begun!


Spring is coming…hang on…tell Groundhog Phil he needs a new gig!


Over and out from HRCG and Minnie, the cat who knows where it’s at!

God Of Wonder…God Of Light…God’s World Is My Delight!

God of wonder…God of light…God’s world is my delight.


I love capturing weather shots…and the last few years we have had interesting weird weather to photograph!


Last night as I looked up to the heavens, I saw a million stars above my head with no end in sight…it takes my breath away, no matter how many times I have looked up. I wish I could have captured what I saw with my camera…instead I captured this moon shot a few months ago and I thought you would enjoy it. I love the power lines as they frame the moon…giving Mr. Harvest Moon an interesting look.


We have a few more inches of snow today and now we are under a Winter Storm Alert for more snow with below zero temperatures. It is seriously cold out…it is 17 degrees this afternoon with a minus 2 due to windchill.


Mr. Buck says “Where are my Apple Asses…and I need more hay too”…hang on Buckaroo…here it comes…just for you!


Winter is finally making her appearance and she’s on a roll…hang on!!!!!

Wyo Why Wyoming Oh My Wyoming!

Wyo Why Wyoming Oh My Wyoming…became our song as we prepared to move to Wyoming to manage a vast cattle ranch of 100,000 acres. As I progress along with different Wyoming stories, I’ll show you my first look at where we were to live on the ranch…thankfully the Continental Divide was right behind the house and that is what I looked at…WB knew the mountains out my door would capture me…and it did for several months as we waited to move into our home.

Shez Alotta Leo

The photos above and below were taken of my mare Shez Alotta Leo, “Lottie” with “my daily take my breath away view”. Behind her are the Wind River mountains, or the Continental Divide, and Gannett Peak. I could also see the Wyoming Range in front of Lottie and the Sawtooth Range behind the ranch as well…mountains surrounded us with the stunning raw beauty of the landscape wherever we went.

Wyoming Meadow

I loved Wyoming…it was a cowgirl’s dream. I never grew tired or bored with watching the mountains and the ever changing scenery of the awe-inspiring Continental Divide. We chased flood irrigation on the meadow that first summer, and could not stop staring at this view…it was incredibly surreal to be so close to such rugged beauty that you often wondered if it was a giant painting…guess now that I think of it, it was a giant painting, designed and painted by God above! Gannett was the highest peak in Wyoming and depending on the light of day it was both majestic and mysterious…what a view we had to look at!


Whether I was washing the dishes looking out my window at the Rockies or on horseback moving cows in various Wyoming weather, the views always took my breath away…I lived with a permanent jaw dropping, breathless “Wow” look on my face.


We lived at 7500′ elevation with beautiful clear skies that were a different color and depth of blue during the daytime, while the nighttime sky was filled with stars and different galaxies and more stars, it was spectacular. Due to the higher elevation of where we lived, we did not have air and dust pollution so the skies day and night were clean, clear and pristine. And Lottie is still coming to see me…her white blaze gives her away!


The small community we lived close to was like going back to the good old days where a man could trust in a handshake as truth and a man’s word was a man’s word. From day one we were welcomed into the community and felt like we had lived there a long time…it was a good fit. The closest movie theatre was 40 miles from us in a huge quonset hut building called “The Flick”…the movies you wanted to see usually arrived about a year after they were hits at the box office.


If Lottie could talk, she would be saying “Where the heck are we and why?” The year before we managed a ranch in Central Oregon and Lottie and I had to worry about rattlesnakes…and from rattlesnake hell we arrived in Wyoming skunk country! We had a crabby black Manx named Kalamazoo who was around 14 years old and he got out one evening at dusk…I was outside for an hour with a flashlight calling for him…and then I saw him under the house they were remodeling and went closer and all of a sudden I realized it was black like Kalamazoo but…it had a bit of white on him too with a big bushy tail! I took faster than a speeding bullet steps…running back to the house where Zoo had showed up anyway…he did pretty good for being an older kitty and moving all over with us.

Storms in Wyoming, were incredible as they moved in quickly to storm and then they moved out as quickly…there were no cloudy, overcast, gray days. Yes we had wind chills of -40 degrees and wind that usually began around noon with plenty of snow and lots of snow drifts.

Wyoming Morning

This is walking out of our house onto the front porch…typical winter morning…blowing snow, making drifts…and -30 degrees or more.

WY. Snow Blowing Drifts

WB’s heading out to blow the snow off the road in the early morning. I often rode with him on the tractor to see what type of drifts the night or day had conjured up. I wish I had the digital camera that I have now…this was back before digital but close…these photos would likely be our old Cannon…I still have it:)

Our driveway into the ranch was about a mile long with barrow pit ditches on either side of it…often we had white outs from the wind and blowing snow…you could not tell where the road was! After getting stuck a few times trying to find it, we put up stakes painted with orange paint on top.

Our WY. Driveway

I took this photo when we were caught half way down our driveway home by a sudden winter storm, it came in fast with wind as well as a blizzard…typical Wyoming weather. WB had blown the driveway out earlier that morning and by 10:30am it had blown shut.

Wyoming Snow Storm

And here we ended up…WB was driving this time and once you get a tiny bit into a rut or in this case, snow that was drifting, its impossible to pull out of it…luckily we were almost home, but with the wind and wind chill factor and the white out conditions you had to be very careful…WB bundled up with everything we had with us, and I was a Nervous Nellie until I saw him coming back in the tractor blowing a trail to pull out our pick up “Red”…remember we name ALL our vehicles:)

Wild Bill WY. Blowing Road

Every morning during the winter snow months, WB had to blow open our road coming into the ranch as we had serious overnight snowdrifts that were deep and once again in the late afternoon so our son could get home from school in his Willy’s Jeep. Everyday the son would try to plow through the drifts in 4 wheel drive and get stuck so WB would blow the road open to where he was stuck, chain the Jeep to his tractor, pull the son out of the drift and continue to blow the road open, getting both son and Jeep home while blowing a trail home.


No matter what we had to deal with in Wyoming, it was all good to both WB and me…everyday was an amazing adventure:)

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