Cowtown Keeylocko, Arizona - Gallery
Day one saw the "Boys" and Elaine ready to go. Elaine stayed in the rear and kept Ed and the Mexicans company. She was waiting for Sharon who had not arrived yet. The "9th", pulled in early Friday morning and immediately began preparing its mounts for duty. Each horse was as peculiar as it's owner, the names were strange as well, "Shaft", "Diggity", "Jazz", "DW", "Red", "Queenie" and there was also a horse named "Tony". The owner of this horse, Israel, the "Outfit's" boss, who was of Indian and Mexican descent, apologized to "Tony" out on the trail, thinking he might be a tad bit offended over the fact that a Man was named Tony as well. No harm done as the Man called Tony proved up for the test and had a pretty good "seat" as far as "Green Horns" go.
There were "Thousand star nights" in Keeylocko. The faces of everyone who had ever caught the train to the other side could be seen glowing in the heavens, the skies were so clear. We were serenaded by every desert animal imaginable at night. Barn yard birds competed for the honor to wake us up in the morning.
Images by Elaine and Tony Dorty, Brian Barnes, and Linus Hinton.
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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.