Big Pigs and Tight Sleeping Quarters
Tony and Elaine arrived in Cowtown at pitch black o’clock and were introduced to a site straight out of a Mel Gibson, Road Warrior film. They were greeted by what seemed total chaos as architecture goes; nothing was distinguishable in the moon light. In fact the light from the heavens seem to give what was ever there an eerie look about things. Ed’s timely appearance kept them both from screaming at the top of their lungs and running for tilt for the truck. This behavior would have been brought on by the appearance of huge shapes moving about in the half moon light. Ed told us they were pigs, big pigs, really big pigs.
This out of the way, they both being tired sought out their sleeping quarters. Opting not to sleep in the cabins huts what ever they were because the Keeylocko residents, meaning the pigs had access to them too. Heaven forbid and what a horrible awakening it would be, to be licked in the face and awakened from a dead sleep by a pig the size of a Dodge hemi engine. That night and subsequent ones would prove to be a challenge in the comfortable sleep department. The bunk the Dortys slept in required that they both turn at the same time, in unison, the same way. This went on for 3 nights straight; the other had to be wakened so they both good rotate, 3 and 4 times a night. It is a wonder they got any sleep at all.
This is a true story.
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The Boys had been out foxed by cattle that knew every inch of the range and every trick when it came to negotiating the abundance of 'Jumping Cactus' that peppered the range. Israel the 'Boss,' of the outfit had the only horse familiar with the terrain. The cows split in two groups when they were spotted and there fore split the 'Boys' as well. Tony and George lost canteens in the 'chase.' They found them both the next day. All in all it was a good experience for the 'Boys' and their mounts. There was always tomorrow and these 'Cowboys' had a good idea where the 'strays' would be the next day. In this image George, Tony and Linus discuss the days events.
'You and Me, DW,' Tony pulling cactus needles out of 'DW' with a set of tweezers. This horse and its rider had two brushes with the cactus on day one. 'DW,' got the worst of it when he stepped on it and bolted with Tony in the saddle head long thru a field of cactus. The 'Boys' kept yelling for Tony to jump off, he never did. No one couldn't say that Tony wasn't brave, but with the abundance of cactus all around them, Tony might have felt safer in the saddle then on his but in a cactus plant. Bravery had nothing to do with, but pulling 4 inch needles of cactus out of ones hind area had more than a lot to do with it.
The 'Cowboys' had gotten separated by a chunk of irregular terrain, that was a stand of trees and a watering hole. It was a place the 'Cowboys' were sure the cows would be, but they were not. A fence on the far side kept the boys from riding any further out. Tony and Manny were on the extreme side and had been separated from the 'Outfit,' but only momentarily. Manny hooked up with Bobby and Tony rode over the far side of the hills crest to link up with the boys at the watering hole. All was not a total loss, the horses got a chance to drink and get there feet wet and the boys got a moments rest in the saddle.