Snow scenes

25 03 2017

McKenna Peak

Did I mention that we got rain? Upper Disappointment Valley got some white stuff. 🙂 That’s McKenna Peak in the foreground.

Temple Butte

Iconic and locally relevant and important-to-us Temple Butte.

Brumley Point

Brumley Point.

Brumley Point and Temple Butte

A different perspective showing Brumley Point in the foreground and Temple Butte in the background. Brumley Point is mostly within Spring Creek Basin Herd Management Area. Temple Butte is just outside the basin’s boundary.

McKenna Peak

Temple Butte and Brumley Point, along with McKenna Peak, are in McKenna Peak Wilderness Study Area, which overlaps the eastern, southeastern and southern portions of Spring Creek Basin Herd Management Area.

All three features are prominent from just about anywhere in Spring Creek Basin. The elder Mr. Brumley was a prominent member of the local community, and was a rancher and timber man; Pati and David Temple were and are prominently involved with advocating for Spring Creek Basin’s mustangs. I haven’t been able to learn anything about McKenna, but with a peak and a wilderness study area named after him, he (?) must also have made significant contributions to the region.

After the unseasonably warm, dry weather we’ve been having, it seems wild to see snow on the ridges, but the ground and vegetation needs it badly, and we’re immensely glad for the snow and the rain!





Middle of the day

22 03 2017

Spirit and Puzzle

Can’t go wrong with mustangs, water and that amazing skyline in Spring Creek Basin. 🙂

McKenna Peak is the sunlit pyramid at left, and Temple Butte is in the shade at right. Spirit and Puzzle are the spotted girls in the foreground.





Not so green

17 03 2017

Comanche, McKenna Peak and Temple Butte.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from a not-so-green corner of the world!

Bits of green are appearing, but you have to look close and hard to see them.

Comanche isn’t too worried. Mother Nature provides for her creatures. (Only humans worry about it?!)





Mules helping mustangs, part 2

14 03 2017

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And who wouldn’t smile, to be on a good horse, packing good mules in Spring Creek Basin, Southwest Colorado, on a gorgeous spring day?!

Katy Bartzokis (above) and Glenn Ryan and their horses and mules were back to haul more fencing supplies into the basin for future work, and we had more help in the form of Mike Schmidt and Keith Fox, who came to help Kathe Hayes and Kat Wilder.

So many photo opportunities … so little time to actually peruse the images and select ones for publication! And we welcome Glenn and Katy, Sly and Karmel, and Joey, Karla, Lena, Roz and Skid back tomorrow for another few trips into the wilderness (McKenna Peak Wilderness Study Area, that is). (So someone has to get to bed!)

Locals: Glenn (and Katy?) will be at the Ag Expo at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds this weekend with the mules and horses that made this project happen. If you go, please stop by and heap thanks upon them for helping our beloved Spring Creek Basin mustangs. Their work will enable us to rebuild fence sections without having to carry in hundreds of pounds (1,000 or more? we should add it all up!) of materials. Just one wooden post for an H-brace weighs 50-some pounds.

Many, many thanks!!

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Mules helping mustangs

13 03 2017

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Spring Creek Basin herd manager Mike Jensen leads Katy Bartzokis (BLM) and Glenn Ryan (Forest Service) and their mules to a drop site with fence materials for some upcoming projects – including alternative spring break!

We are so stoked to work with the Rocky Mountain Regional Specialty Packstring to get these supplies hauled into the basin by mule power!

This project is completely possible because of some big “horse” power, so BIG thanks to awesome mules Joey, Karla, Lena, Roz and Skid, and saddle horses Karmel and Sly. 🙂

And extended thanks to San Juan Mountains Association’s volunteer coordinator Kathe Hayes, who heads alternative spring break each year; Justin Hunt, BLM range tech; and tireless advocate Kat Wilder.

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Rivals

10 03 2017

Hollywood and Tenaz, McKenna Peak and Temple Butte

But it wasn’t always that way.

Hollywood is Tenaz’s daddy. One wonders what bit of fatherly advice he might be giving his son. 🙂





A little (lotta) magic

25 02 2017

Rainbow over Temple Butte

Rainbow over Temple Butte

Not many words needed for these images, either. That’s a rainbow right over Temple Butte, guardian of Spring Creek Basin’s southeastern boundary … but as prominent as it is, ALL of Spring Creek Basin.

It has been four years (and a few weeks) since Pati Temple passed away. We miss her every day. And we feel her with us every single day.