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Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
Wagon train trip 2004
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2004 wagon train trip, Clark, WY

2004 wagon train trip, Clark, WY

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  • 1. Wagon Train Trip 2004 By Ray SammonsIn 2003 we scheduled a five-day covered wagon safari forAugust of 2004 this was to be “the trip of a lifetime!”,“Our Mountain Cruise.” However, when it came time toleave Phyllis’ hip was too sore for a bumpy wagon trainride. So, at her insistence, I went on the trip alone.The trip consisted of one day of training followed by fourdays of driving a team of horses, pulling a modern coveredwagon to sleep in every night.This is a pictures log of the tripDay 1: Training Fort Shiloh, where the Wagon Train started, is on the front range of the Absarokee Mountains in Clark, Wyoming.The first day started with a full breakfast of eggs, bacon, and toast.
  • 2. The Wagon Master, Kurt McNabb, turned the eggs as the guest filed by.After breakfast, itwas orientation andreviewing thesafety measuresused on the trip. Kurt’s grandson, Little Kurt, was not concerned about class; he needed a horse to ride! And he needed it now! 2
  • 3. After the barn session each driver harnessed their assigned team and moved into the big corral for the first driving session. The first driving sessions were done on a two wheeled two seated cartwhere the driving skills were observed by anassistant trainer. Keep the lines snug, and pull left or right to turn. Pull both lines to stop. 3
  • 4. The teams patiently waited for their turn.After the cart training each driver was assigned a wagonand their team was transferred to that wagon and theycontinued test driving in the big corral. 4
  • 5. Before the road trip started each horse’s shoes are checked, tightened, or replaced.5
  • 6. Day 2: First day on the Trail The wagons waited for their horses. The horses waited for their drivers. In due time Clancy (Kurt’s youngest son) and his faithful hound lead the train up the road into the mountains. 6
  • 7. The road into the mountains provided lots of scenery. All crops must beirrigated and mostly from a gated pipe. Crossing the Clark’s Fork River.Sprinkler irrigation, the easy and expensive way to irrigate. 7
  • 8. The road becomes a track.The first night wecamped in a greengrass compound,which was awelcome changefrom the road. The drivers and passengers all gathered around a camp fire drinking coffee and waiting for the evening meal. 8
  • 9. Day 3: The trail into the mountains Some of the crew slept in until breakfast was ready. Cooking the bacon. And next the pancakes. 9
  • 10. A horse lost its shoe and a replacement is put on before starting on the trail.Today another ofKurt’s grandsonsjoined the outrider staff. Coffee and a warm fire before breakfast. 10
  • 11. We left the irrigated valley and started our climb into the mountains. Occasionally the road dipped and the horses could coast down hill.The wagons were separated by enough space so no one ‘ate the trail dust’. 11
  • 12. Clancy and his faithful companion observe the passing wagons. Coming down, – carefully!12
  • 13. Lunch break for the drivers ….Rest for the horses … 13
  • 14. The climb continues The outriders take a shortcut through the sagebrush. The rolling,flushing toilet. Best use it when parked! 14
  • 15. At camp the horses were unharnessed and turned loose for some water and clean green hay.Fuel for tomorrow. 15
  • 16. Clancy’s chaps, saddle, rifle and scabbard. Theoutriders’ closet. 16
  • 17. The camp ‘facilities’, a two holler. 17
  • 18. As the sun goes down activities centered around the fire in the open faces lodge. This evening, after dinner,the drivers and passengers enjoyed the musical entertainment. This family came from Oklahoma to play for the camp. 18
  • 19. Little Kurt roasted marshmallows.Grandma, Kurt’s wifeand chief camp-cook,took a break and heldLittle Kurt’s littlebrother.(Grandma rode over400 miles horsebackduring the summer.) When on the floor, this grandson enjoyed the fire. Keeping him out of the fire wasa constant vigil. 19
  • 20. Day 4: Driving the 4 horse hitch This was a day in camp – no driving. Kurt hitched 4 horses to the touring wagon and everyone went for a ride higher into the mountain. Camp is thewhite blotch on the left above the trees and black horses. The touring wagon. 20
  • 21. This is part of “The 100 Mile Route” between Meeteetse, WY and Red Lodge, MT. Meeteetse was the home of Butch Cassidy. It was made by the Army in the 1860s.It’s beautiful country! The rock pass ahead looks impassable, or a great place for a holdup! 21
  • 22. On the stagecoach trail, outriders in the lead.At noon the wagonstopped for lunch and the horses waited for theirpassengers to eat and frequent the rolling outhouse. As we ate a rancher was working some cattle on a distant flat area. The sky was clear, the air fresh, and it was a great day to be outdoors. 22
  • 23. After lunch each guest took a turn driving the 4 horse hitch.I took a turn with the lines. This is not something you get to do everyday! The sound ofhorses walking, the view of the mountains, life is good! 23
  • 24. The evening program tonight was put on by the Atnip family ,9 children, even the young ones are on stage!WagonMaster,KurtMcNabb,watchesthe youngAtnip girlsplay! Whatfun! 24
  • 25. Day 5: The trip home Clancy’s horse nibbled on the lodge benches as he prepared to lead the Wagon Train down the mountain and home. This will be the longest drive of the trip.The horses enjoydown hill! It was downhill, most of the time. 25
  • 26. Lunch is a short stop along the trail. Eatingsandwiches in the wagon. And be ready to roll on command. 26
  • 27. On the road again. The Wagon Master flanks the moving train.And the wagons continue downhill towards home. When we arrived back at Fort Shiloh the wagons were parked, horses unharnessed, goodbyes were said. And with that, the 2004 Wagon Train becamehistory! 27

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