A bit of pioneering spirit is enough – The Oxford Eagle

A little pioneering spirit is enough

Published Sunday, January 15, 2023 at 12:00 p.m

By Bonnie Brown

I’m sure many of you have seen the Yellowstone series.

It’s a modern western about a family of ranchers in Montana. The patriarch John Dutton (Kevin Costner) is not above himself
everything it takes to preserve the Dutton family lifestyle and the sanctity of a decades-long way of life.

See the history of the Dutton family in Taylor Sheridan’s other two series, 1883 and 1923, chronicling the history of the family
Battle in Settling the Wild West.

Most of the scenes in the Yellowstone series involve cattle, horses and cowboys. The characters seem quite authentic while riding them
horses and perform ranch chores. Impressive.

My husband Tom and I took a road trip west in May 2004. We’ve done several of these road trips and enjoy the beauty
Of the West. I’ve joked many times and said if Tom ever runs away from home I’m pretty sure I’d find him in Monument Valley.

On this particular trip, we spent a lot of time driving and exploring Utah’s scenic Highway 12, which is said to be one of the most beautiful
The most beautiful highways in the world. This 122-mile highway begins in Panguitch and ends in Torrey. It also provides access to a
Array of national parks, state parks, national monuments and scenic overlooks.

The reason I refer to the Yellowstone series and its portrayal of a rancher family is because we’ve encountered real life
Cattle drive near Torrey on this trip.

We suspected that the cowboys (and a cowgirl and a young lad of maybe 6 or 7) were driving the herd from the winter pasture
to their summer pasture. We loved watching the cowboys hold their herd back and drove after them when they were
actually on the paved highway.

It was such an interesting and unexpected experience.

We finally got around the herd and continued to Boulder where we had lunch at the Burr Trail Outpost and realized we meant business
needed to find a car wash. Our truck was covered in cow droppings.

We then drove down the Burr Trail through Long Canyon and returned to Highway 12 and on to Calf Creek Falls where we did a 6-
mile hike. Our next stop was Escalante where luckily we found a car wash. It wasn’t about just hosing down the cow
Dirt, but we had to do quite a bit of scrubbing to get our white truck white again.

After the 1994 ice storm, I realized that I didn’t have a pioneering spirit. I explained that it was a good thing for which I was not responsible
settlement of the West. I couldn’t have made it past Missouri!

Enjoy the Yellowstone Series and be thankful for those who pioneered. And if you ever get the chance, drive
the scenic Highway 12 in Utah.