Faster horses said:Stunning pictures!! Thanks a lot, Jake.
And also thanks for the picture of the Pine Ridge. You know, when I was growing up and my dad wasn't a rancher, I never thought about that country being good ranch country per sei. But since I have been older and more knowledgeable about ranches, I have appreciated it for being fairly good ranch country. I think the drawback there, might be water. Of course, these days, pipelines can contribute a lot to where water was scarce.
I remember when I was a kid, myself and 4 other kids that were the teachers kids, took off into the Pine Ridge. We found all sorts of things. A little line shack with peanut butter; a horse we caught and got on and got dumped, horny toads, and best of all a big resevoir full of tadpoles. Of course, all this took time and by then the residents of Linch had formed a search party to look for us. They found us at that resevoir in late afternoon. We had tadpoles up the ying-yang. We had found some buckets to put them in. One of the rescuers had a brand new Ford Station Wagon, one of those with the wooden trim all across the side (this was in the early 50's). Anyway, we loaded up in that new station wagon, tadpoles, dirty resevoir water and all. One of the kids slipped going to the back of the station wagon and resevoir water and flopping tadpoles went everywhere!! We were already in deep trouble and that didn't help our situation at all!
Just one of those things you never forget!!