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Doc's Day Off

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5/26/10, Montrose, CO - Today was one of those perfect days off. The weather was absolutely the best, 85 degrees, sunny, dry air and bright sunshine.

When I take the day off, itís time to catch up on a few chores and maybe relax a little. When the horses get a day off, itís time to eat a lot of chow and relax a lot. Nobody has the routine down pat like ĎOl Doc.  He has developed the day off into a rare art form.

I managed to take a few pictures that caught what he considered to be, the highlights of his day.

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Doc is always ready to try something new.  In this case, it was identical twin, three year old girls.

For my chores, I had to do some stitching on the front canvass.  After that, Billy got some new shoes put on his front feet.  Other than that, I managed to squeak in some rest and recuperation myself. 

Tomorrow morning, Iím on the road again. In the short term, I think Iíll head east on route 50 for a bit. This will take me to the Gunnison River, and the north side of the Uncompohgre and Powderhorn Ranges.  Iíve never been there, so it might be interesting to do a little exploring. This not a change in direction for the trip, I just decided to aimlessly wander for awhile. I donít plan on taking any 11 or 12 thousand foot passes, so Iíll probably just backtrack when I get a little of this wanderlust out of my blood.  (Imagine that, me, getting the wanderlust out of my blood?)

Before I head down anymore National Forrest access roads, Iím going to pick up a sheet of plywood.  With that, I can walk the horses individually across cattle guards, then draw the wagon across with a rope.  Or, if they are only 4 feet wide, I can just drive the wagon across.

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ďHey Doc, you look really relaxed there. Thereís a strange look about you.  I canít quite figure it out?Ē 

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ďWhatís with the strange expression you have on your face?Ē

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ďOh, now I see what it is. Itís a hay-eating grin.  You must have just won the ĎWorldís Biggest Wagon Bumí award!Ē