I took a little stroll down memory lane this afternoon and visited a lot of the places I knew as a Wagonteamster boy. The sights triggered memories that were as sharp and crisp as they were 40 years ago. But, being a forward thinking sort of guy, I quickly yearned for some head strong horses on the end of a pair of nice driving lines.
Some sad news: I heard from Melissa, and the old mare rescued from the BLM has died. From the start, it looked like her kidneys weren’t in very good shape. On a plus note, she went peaceful, with other horses and people around. Also, the colt is doing great. He’s being kept in a round pen, in the midst of a paddock that contains several riding horses. According to Melissa, the other horses are keeping him company, and at least one stands by on the other side of the panels when he sleeps at night.
In Other News: I had a call this afternoon from my good friend and fellow adventurer, Bernie Harberts. Bernie stated that he was tired of his normal existence. At the end of the month, he’s off on an adventure to Tasmania. He’s going to add some spice to his trip by dropping himself in the middle of nowhere, with virtually no possessions, then see how far gets on the ‘goodwill’ of people he meets. If Tasmanians are like everyone else, then it won’t be long before he’ll be driving a team of four matched horses and drinking 30 year old scotch. Good people, helping out a traveler is what Bernie refers to as the “Moses Effect” (named for how the Jews received material aid in the Sinai, during the 40 year Exodus from Egypt). Right now, he’s talking about starting with a spare shirt. When we first talked about this, more than a year ago, the start was going to be in a pair of Boxer Shorts - c’mon Bernie, you can do it! His website has been updated and I encourage you to follow along. It will be a great place to see pictures of a guy throwing his shoes and an empty bottle of scotch (never a full one) at a marauding pack of Tasmanian Devils, while balancing on a rock in a billabong, under the shade of a koolibah tree.