So the next trial that was planned for 2013 was a trip to Wyoming to compete at the Slash J and the Clear Creek Trial. Jamie Van Rhyn was to be my travelling partner, and a little cramming was done the night before we left.
The next morning we packed up the crew and set our way to south of the 49th. At about the 48th, a rock hit the back of the windshield. "No, the show must go on!" I told Jamie. Fresh air is always a good thing.
Stopping at just across the line at Opheim, Mike and his friend Mike helped out damsels in distress. Dora's back end was dealt with, and we carried on our merry way. Duct tape and cardboard and voila....a new windshield.
Thank you Frito Lay!
As we travelled, we stopped along the way and let the dogs stretch their legs...and ours too.
We made it to Sheridan where we stayed the night - and this young fellow at Boston Pizza was very helpful in getting our bearings. This California dude should actually work at a tourist booth.
Jamie and I went shopping for groceries. The crab meat was a hard catch.
We carried on from Sheridan in the morning, and made our way to Joni Tietjen's new abode.
The countryside was outstanding.
Wyoming had a new colour this year.....green!
Joni showed us how to get an unlucky break with a bum lamb. I do believe she wanted a gun at this time to scare the bugger to the rest of them.
The field was huge, and a good test for the hounds. My hounds did not pass the test.
On the slow days, I did some surgery - my lights were in need of a repair (first fixed by Jamie's fiancé Harvey, and then destroyed by the windshield incident).
Splicing and dicing. It was real delicate work.
Success!! I may open a shop in Mankota in the near future.
Another slow day I went to Sheridan to get Dora's window replaced. The community of Sheridan had some buddies to loan them a few statues (this one says worth $58,000).
And that was no bull!
Clearmont saw the handlers one evening.
Pool shark Jamie.
There was more bull.
The bar/restaurant/taxidermy shop had something for everyone.
A very rare Vincent Van Gogh.
A good time was had by all.
Oh dear, or deer.
Ray Copeman chowing down.
Tasty morsels of food.
Red Solo Cup.....I lift you up.
The next trial was hosted by the Fennemas just down the road at Leiter.
I worked on my sock tan.
The field was fantastic. Yet another test for the dogs....yet another test failed by my dogs.
When it was all said and done, Jamie and I made it our way home. On our travels we found these two lovebirds. Yes, he had taken her to the convenience store on his lawnmower for some beer.
Born to be wild!!!
Our last stop would be in Malta before we made it home.
There was a little shopping done the next day, and then we made it back on the north side of the 49th. There was a little more time left over, and we travelled to the Glentworth Mall, where Jamie showed me how to spend money.
The two southwestern Saskatchewan chicks were back in the homeland. There would be some remedial classes for dogs before the next trial in Bowden, Alberta. Would summer classes work...time would tell!