13 01 2022


[ kom-pluh-men-tuh-ree, -tree ]


  1. of the nature of, conveying, or expressing a compliment, often one that is politely flattering: a complimentary remark.
  2. given free as a gift or courtesy: a complimentary ticket.

noun, plural com·pli·men·ta·ries

3. something given or supplied without charge, as lodging, transportation, or meals, especially as an inducement to prospective customers.


[ kom-pluh-men-tuh-ree, -tree ]


  1. forming a complement; completing.
  2. complementing each other.

noun, plural com·ple·men·ta·ries.

3. complementary color (def. 1).

Both words work equally well when describing Cassidy Rain and her snowy-ridge background, eh?

Shadow across the mountains

12 01 2022

It’s nice to see the mountains with a fresh mantle of white, even as we have mud from melted snow. Depending on which side of the slopes you’re on, there’s less (south-facing) or more (north-facing) snow in Spring Creek Basin. When the going gets muddy, walking on snow is much easier – at least for those of us with two legs and flat feet.

Nap time

11 01 2022

When the cold air is sun-warmed and the ground is soft (OK, muddy), a little nap is just the ticket when the belly is full (look at that belly!).

In the distance, clouds were clearing from the base of Utah’s La Sal Mountains – (relatively) warm ground plus passing snow over the mountains.

Greying grey

10 01 2022

Time marches on, and Seneca (and the other greys) gets ever more grey. 🙂


9 01 2022

Fuzzy, fuzzy! I’m always amazed at how thick the mustangs’ coats get in the winter. They’re well adapted!

Disappointment Valley got snow yesterday, but the ground is so wet and warm from recent warm days (50s!) that it didn’t stick. It DID bring us some more moisture, for which we, of course, are grateful!

Blue and brown and grey – for now

8 01 2022

The mud you can’t see is sloppy, sloppy, sloppy! We’ve had temps at/near/above 50 degrees the last few days. The snow is melting steadily into the ground, which is a welcome infusion of moisture.

Do we need more snow? Yep. Is more on the way? Yep! So says the forecast, anyway, and a forecast of snow (and/or rain) is a forecast of optimism. 🙂


7 01 2022

Ever so steadily, we’re returning to our usual brown landscape as the snow melts. Warm days are a bit of a welcome respite from temps in the single digits. The mud … the mud is sloppy!

All moisture, and we need it all.


6 01 2022

Bay Tenaz glows with health. I love the way his thick coat seems so *rich* in the winter light. And the sparkle in his eye is just the perfect extra touch. 🙂

No blues here

5 01 2022

Chunky winter mustang girl Raven is a welcome sight on a snowy, sunny day!

To roam

4 01 2022

I dreamed the night before last that the road to the basin had been – was being, right there in the time of my dream – paved. Suddenly, the wide dirt path was black and solid under the wheels of my Jeep, and then there were machines and workers and noises and a line of vehicles waiting in the construction zone. I stopped at the end of the line, got out of my Jeep and started walking back the way I’d come, looking for that dirt I remembered.

What a nightmare.

To have giant areas, still, of untracked, unpaved wild lands … what a privilege to witness. Yes, I drive on the roads that exist, to get to the places no roads cross, to walk where mustangs and elk and mule deer and pronghorns roam. What a privilege.