It’s been a while since I have posted anything on my blog. Time has a way of getting away from me. But I have been thinking about what I want to do with my blog and my goal is to write at least one post a month recapping what I have been up to. I may write more if I feel like I have a story to tell or something more to say that is to long to post on social media. I’m not very good at social media when it comes to documenting my day to day. I like to post my photography with a story or quote that gives information about the picture. And sometimes it involves stories about my personal life, but most of the time it doesn’t. For some reason posting personal information on social media feels weird to me, even posting it on this blog feels weird. I know people are curious, but I still struggle with what to put out to the world and what not to. And I surely don’t want to do it on a daily basis. A monthly recap feels appropriate and If I do it on this blog I feel like I own more of it. And if people want to see it they will make the effort to come to the blog, if they don’t, i’m not bugging them with stuff they don’t want to see.
The month started off with My daughter getting married. Holy shit, was that was a whorl wind!! From the time she was engaged in February to the day she was married it was a daily effort of planning and getting the yard ready for it. But by the time it was all said and done all the work and effort was worth it. It was an amazing day for my daughter, her husband and our family.
During the week of the wedding, my daughter, son in-law, and some friends were able to go for a ride to one of my favorite places on earth, the Uintah Mountains in Utah. Fishing was great and hanging out with my tribe was even better!
The next week I was busy shoeing because of the time I had to take off for the wedding and did not have much time to get my camera out. I would have loved to have taken it with me when me and my father in-law went for a ride on the weekend. But my good horse was colicky the day before and I had to take the young horse. He is good in the mountains but he is inexperienced and is a little squirrely for the first twenty minutes or so riding him. And I wasn’t going to take the chance of him bucking me off with expensive camera gear on me. So I just took some pics with my phone and enjoyed the day fishing and spending time with my father in-law.
Uintah mountains, Utah
My young horse Poco grazing while I get my fly rod rigged up.
My father in-law fishing on the lake we rode into.
For some reason I always have to take a pic of my fly rod where ever I go fishing.
The next weekend I planned some time to go for a ride with my youngest daughter, Ashton. It was fun to hang out with her and it just be us. Now that she is moved out we don’t get much time to hang out one on one. It was a fun day. It had rained the night and day before and the clouds had not cleared out yet. The leaves were just starting to turn and it made for a neat ride.
After all the chaos of the the last couple of months me and my wife needed to get away. We made plans to go to Pinedale, Wyoming the next weekend. It’s a little town on the foothills of the Wind River mountains. Its a great place with a couple of good local restaurants that we both enjoy.
It was a much needed break. We got there Friday afternoon got an early dinner at our favorite Mexican place. I watched my wife slurp down a few well deserved margaritas and we took off to catch the sunset on a ridge over looking Fremont lake outside of town. Besides me worrying about my tipsy wife tripping and rolling off the steep ridge and into the lake it was a great time, and sunset! I told her how romantic I thought it was bringing her to this spot to watch the sun go down while I captured this spectacular moment with some photographs. But truth be told I think it would have been more romantic to her to be back in town drinking margaritas where it was warmer then out freezing her butt off with me trying to get some photography in. But she endured, and I got some pictures I was happy with and we went back into town, had a few more drinks at the local brewery and called it a night.
The next day we drove over to Jackson Hole, about an hour drive from Pinedale and hung out for the day. We went to the local art galleries and looked at the expensive artwork. I enjoy looking at all the artwork even if I don’t get it. Thats a whole other post in itself. But I just have to laugh when I walk into the galleries in my scuffed up cowboy boots and ball cap, and the curator/salespeople just give me the look like, he will never buy anything i’m not even going to waste my time. Their right, i’m not, and I don’t want them to waste their time on me either. No sense trying to explain to me why a painting that looks like a third grader did it, and somehow some extravagant artist type was portraying the meaning of life in it. And they are selling it for fifty thousand dollars! Don’t get me wrong, if I had that kind of money I would definitely spend it on art that made sense to me. But I don’t have that kind of money, and a lot of it doesn’t make sense, so I just walk around with a look on my face that screams WTF???
All in all it was a great weekend. Even with the kids out of the house, our busy lives make it hard to relax and unwind together. It’s nice just to getaway and leave all our day to day stuff at home and relax.