Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Gates, Horses, and a Few Mules

After our reunion with Betty in Dubois on September 19, we continued our drive toward the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.

Following are photos of a couple of gates that we saw along the way:

No identification on this one.

Dunoir Valley Retreat

I'd never heard of the Dunoir Valley Retreat until I saw the name on this gate. Curious, I looked it up on the internet. It's a reasonably priced vacation rental. Click here for more information.
After we'd driven awhile, we saw a sign for the Tie-Hack Memorial at the side of the road, with some steps leading up to the top of a small hill. Well, we were ready to stretch our legs by then so we went up the hill to take a look.

A plaque on the memorial reads: "Erected to perpetuate the memory of the hardy woods and river men who made and delivered the cross ties for the building and maintenance of the Chicago and North Western Railway in this western country."

The real treat, however, was the view from the top of the hill:


As we stood admiring the above view, a bunch of horses suddenly emerged from the brush, running along the river in single file.


These two stopped for a drink after passing the hill where we stood.

I took this close-up shot off the video that Doug recorded.

Soon, more horses came running by:



This bunch included a few mules. One took issue with the horse behind for following too closely.

Here's a closer look at the action.

And then this rider showed up, and we realized he was what had put the horses in motion.

What a gift we were given when we decided to climb that hill!


  1. Wow, they are such beautiful creatures... great pictures! Love the group of horses running near the river...

  2. Hi Linda Love the second shot with the mountains in the back ground and the ranch through the gate arch. Yes that was great you walked up the hill. Magnificent shot and those horses are fantastic. Am a bit frustrated this morning as I cannot get onto my old blog to put today's post on!!!!!! I am working on my mini Ipad which is not easy to answer your post but as I have a video to put on, I need my computer. Hope it improves.

  3. You have make beautiful photos, Linda!
    Greetings, RW & SK

  4. oh, i love the 2nd gate. those mountains & all ... what a keeper of a shot. really enjoy the horses ... they have such beautiful country to enjoy! ( :

  5. Oh gosh you were in such beautiful country- one of our favorite places to vacation...just gorgeous!

  6. Linda, that is absolutely beautiful! Quite worth the trip up the hill. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos with us.

  7. Oh my goodness. What a gift indeed!! I was already in awe of the fences, then the vistas...but then the horses came and took my breath away. What a wonderful sight!! Gorgeous photos, even the still off the video. I still maintain you take the best trips. :)

  8. Oh my, those horses are really gorgeous! That was a blessing to see. The fence in the first photo is really cool, I think. I like old fences, and this one looks like links of a chain if you don't look too close. Nifty. Have a great day.

  9. Wow = that was a real treat to see! I love horses, always have. Nice "running" shots in some beautiful country!!

  10. Very nice, I love the horses.Thanks for the input on my last post,it has been a great time sharing. I think I was # 7 on your blog or less.

  11. let's see... first, love the gates! that heavy duty cross bar on the first must have taken some engineering to erect. love the way you framed the building with the second gate. :) second, really like that they used railroad crossties in the memorial itself. third, the horses and mules being driven are just GORGEOUS!!! truly an old-west scene hardly anyone gets to witness!!! thanks for sharing all of this!

  12. Hi Linda! I have always loved to see those gates to ranches. I always wonder where the ranch is! And what kind of life is going on in there. I am so curious about that kind of stuff.

    Those horses were magnificent. And your photos were amazing! Especially the action shots. Nature is such a wonder, and it fills me with awe for God's creation. Just beautiful.

  13. I was thinking this looked like paradise for a horse, although they could probably do without the rider.

  14. I think it's great that you not only got a marvelous view from the top of hill, but you got to see a scene right out of the Old West. Your photos are wonderful.

  15. Oh my! The horses add the finishing touch to an already beautiful scene.

  16. Linda, your photos are captivating! What gorgeous scenes!

  17. What a neat memorial and a great view you all had. Love the horses… Gorgeous!!!! That retreat center looks nice… I love seeing the mountains in the background… Beautiful.

  18. I love the sights into the valley. So breathtaking. Those animals are beautiful!

    Mersad Donko Photography

  19. Wow.. what an opportune time to happen upon this setting. Just gorgeous and wonderful to see those hoofs in motion.

  20. You must have been in seventh heaven when these absolutely beautiful horses ran by in the most amazing beautiful scenery that couldn't have been made other than the Hand of our precious Lord! Thanks for sharing, and these pictures, Linda, could be made into a portrait to hang above the fireplace! Happy Thanksgiving,


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