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Sep 24, 2010 - Day 196 - Into the West - the Madeline Plains

After another oh oh morning, I spent the afternoon revisiting magical places on the Madeline Plains where friendships were made and the wonder of exploring the high desert on horseback was realized. I spent the first half of the morning updating this journal for the previous two days. At almost noon Hunter and I got in the truck to go explore and oh oh...the same scenario as yesterday morning. Knowing the trick, I started it quickly, but worried as to what was causing the problem...and imagining the possibility of a BIG problem. So I headed...

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Sep 23, 2010 - Day 195 - Oh oh!

We woke up this morning to frost outside. Hunter's water bowl had a good quarter inch sheet of ice on the top. It warmed, though, quickly, and we all took our jackets off. Jim fixed us a wonderful breakfast of Belgium waffles, eggs, sausage, their special home-made hash browns, but the company was best of all. Jo and Wayne were driving home and I wanted to stop by and see Dennis, so we were all packed up, in our cars and ready to go...until I turned the ignition key. My faithful truck started, immediately died and wouldn't start again. The...

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Sep 22, 2010 - Day 194 - Head to the mountains

I have really looked forward to this day. I drove from the high desert up into the mountains of Lassen and Plumas counties to visit my friends Jim and Sharon who own a B & B ten miles west of Chester. I saw Sharon last year, but haven't seen Jim for I think 4 years. As I mentioned yesterday, they managed Spanish Springs where I played cowboy in the 90's. I was hoping to see their son, Geoffrey, but he is already off to his freshman year in collage at Cal Poly...my son's alma mater. Interesting...the economy has not hurt them. Their...

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Sep 21, 2010 - Day 193 - My cowboy country

During the decade of the 90's I pretended to be a cowboy twice a year. It was glorious, and now, it seems a century ago! I am 40 miles from what was the headquarters of Spanish Springs. It was a beautiful guest ranch where you could stay in lovely cabins, ride horses every day and eat and drink in their right-out-of-a-cowboy-catalog lodge. We didn't do that. We often spent the first and last night at the ranch, but most of our adventures took place out on the Madeline Plains...the high desert of California. We (my friends Jo and Wayne and...

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