Same Road, Different Day

06 May

Greeting CommitteeWriting feels all-consuming at times. When I have been pushing hard on a historical biography, a change of scenery can jolt my brain like a bolt of lightning. Once again, I found myself on the highway near Meeker when we encountered an unlikely greeting committee. Traffic came to a halt as literally hundreds of sheep surrounded the automobiles.

Miles of sheepThe herd extended beyond our vision. I rolled down my window to enjoy the sounds of plantive bleats and the clanging of bells around their necks. Then there was the aroma which was not so pleasant, and the window went back up. The sheep had all recently been sheared, and we marveled that they had been relieved of so much precious wool. How high would it reach if piled all in one place.

Sheep herder on horsebackIt was also refreshing to see that the sheepherder was on horseback, with his sheep herding dog trotting alongside. With so many ATVs roaring through the woods and across the plains, horses can still move at the same pace as their charges and give the job a personal touch. Cowboys are still riding the range near Meeker.

Blue Mountain sheepThe same weekend, more sheep were moving to summer pastures near Blue Mountain. This outfit was much smaller, and getting the job done in the same way, with a herder on horseback. These are the sights we live for in the west, and food for the starving soul of an overly-engrossed author.

Joyce B. Lohse, 5/6/14



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2 responses to “Same Road, Different Day

  1. happierheathen

    May 7, 2014 at 2:35 am

    This is indeed a wonderful part of the world to call home. The merchants on Market Street (in Meeker) aren’t so fond of the signs of the sheep’s passing left on their parking lots but I’ve not known one of them to take up shovels to do the work that car tires and breezes will do just the same but more slowly. Soon enough it will be cattle whose hallmarks fill our fenders where just last week there was snow… 🙂

    I’m glad you enjoyed your visit to our sparsely populated piece of the world.

    • joyce4books

      May 7, 2014 at 8:42 am

      We enjoy passing through Meeker and the beautiful White River Valley in our travels, with a mandatory stop at Cuppa Joe. Close-up and personal livestock on the road sure beats Denver traffic jams!


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