“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God”
Monday of this week started as a typical, well…Monday. I head to the office, knowing it will be a busy day. After being away for a few days, it is a given that there will be a lot of “catching up” to do, along with the normal. No problem. Or at least not until I am about 12 miles from home in the late afternoon when I hear a strange thud as I drive along a busy highway. In only seconds, one of my brand new Michelin tires is completely flat! Fortunately I find a parking lot I can pull into.
Fast forward 15 minutes and I’m crawling on asphalt, under my truck’s back bumper on an old ragged towel I found in my tool box. By this point, it’s 90 plus degrees, I’m dirty and soaking wet. Not to mention, the new tire is sliced in the sidewall and only good for burning an old stump–and the EPA won’t allow that anymore!
But something occurred to me under that truck. On the previous Monday, we had been in Montana at Triple Creek Ranch–and on that Monday, Seth and I went on our first cattle drive. It was the real deal–one of those “always wanted to do that” kind of thing for us. The day was picture perfect and the scenery a masterpiece! I allowed those thoughts to linger a minute, and then finished the task at hand. Somehow it seemed to go a little easier!
Working and dealing with life’s “blowouts” are certainly a lot more common for us than celebrating God’s wonderful creation together in the Rocky Mountains. But I am so grateful to have memories like these that play a part of our everyday living.
Yes, I had to buy another expensive tire, but meanwhile, “back at the ranch”…
Entry to the lodge at Triple Creek Ranch, voted #1 hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine
Alfresco lunch with Allison
Dinner on our last night. Every meal was perfect– so fresh and seasonal!
Seth & Allison in the beautiful home of Craig and Barbara Barrett, the owners of TCR. I recommend reading on the web of their interesting and accomplished lives!
Seth enjoys bow hunting, and now Allison may decide to join him after her archery lesson!
Hiked over a mile with a 1000 foot vertical climb on a rugged trail to Baker Lake
Butch riding “Deuce” and Seth on “Riley”–fulfilled a dream of being cowboys. The cattle drive was the highlight of their trip!
“I Think I’d Rather Be A Cowboy, I Think I’d Rather Ride the Range…”
“Shoulda Been a Cowboy…”
Triple Creek Ranch has an outstanding collection of western art!
This was a painting in progress at the owners’ home.
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“For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know all the birds of the hills,
and all that moves in the field is mine”