Confessions of a Cowgirl III

June 12th, 2013
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The sun is shining today. The snow in the mountains is melting; the rivers are getting high.

And I have the world’s worst cabin fever. I need to taste the fresh air and stretch my legs.

I think that we’ve established that I know nothing about horses, cowboy hats, or true cowgirl life… other than what the cowgirls themselves teach me.

This time of year is always a little tricky for me to run my own business. Real cowgirls are all outside, working their cows and planting their crops. They’re already tan and tough. I don’t think a journal shop can operate outside. I could never tell a customer: Sorry your journal got wet and wrinkly. It started to hail. And that smudge is grizzly bear scat because we were building books in the mountains by a berry bush.

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Confessions of a Cowgirl II

May 22nd, 2013
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I have a good friend who adores horses and rides them almost daily. She cannot grasp my love for hiking in Montana. “Why not just take a horse?” she asks. “It’s faster.”

I do not tell her about the last time I rode a horse (above). It was a cold, beautiful day; my horse was fantastic.

But afterward? I was motion sick. I curled up on the floor, embracing the lack of bumpity bump of a horse’s back.

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A Late Spring Flight

May 20th, 2013
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We’re getting ready to climb in a little Cessna airplane. Would you like to go flying with Martin and me?

Look straight ahead and say hello to flying over the tips some lower mountains and goodbye to mountain snow. We’re going to see if we can get a little lift and pop our plane higher into the sky. Hang on!

Whoosh!

I love doing that! You often see see birds soaring through these thermals in the spring and summer, too. It’s an easy and exhilarating way to get higher without exerting extra.

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