Was a big day yesterday. Day worked for my neighbor, Mike, and went with his two sons to find some missing cattle on the neighbors next to them. This country is huge. I wish I would have taken my camera so I could have shared this place with you, beautiful. We rode around 15 miles looking for the cattle and found them in the bottom of a canyon laying in the sun. They really did not want to go the distance back to their stomping grounds but we finally convinced them that they really needed to go home. In the canyon we found them I saw some of the biggest cotton wood trees I have ever seen, amazing.
On the gather I was talking to one of the boys and he mentioned to me about an ambush that happened in one of the canyons that we were riding in. Turns out that Nana, an apache chief had killed a rancher named Pollack, the name of the canyon that we were riding up. He then when over the saddle and down the other side, the same canyon where we found the cattle. When I got home I started to do some research and learned a ton about that country.
Turns out, one of my student, Andrea, co-wrote a book titled, “The Fort Bayard Story 1866-1899”. I just got the book and am reading now. Well, anyway, I got an email from Andrea that she was doing research for another book and asked if I knew of a certain area. I told her I think I do, and so, this Saturday I’m going to take her to the spot I think she is looking for. She and I are both very excited. I will try to let you know how that all goes and have some pictures.
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