No Fly Fishing or Wild Flowers Hikes. It's winter Poetry Time!
end of January. John and I have attended most of
the 20 plus Gatherings and this year won’t be any
different. The web page:
Early in the week (Sunday before the Gathering)
John is taking news media and visitors
from Columbia and Australia on a tour. Winners of
the Waltzing Matilda competition in Australia come
every year to Elko. And this year Llanero musicians
from Columbia will be a treat.
They’ll see Glaser’s tack room, I imagine, just a short
drive out of Elko. A real working cattle ranch, their tack
room is authentic with horse stuff, mechanic tools, and
vintage antiques, al la Burma shave, etc.
The second stop just before the drive over the Ruby Mts
to the Wines ranch in Ruby Valley is the Ellison Ranching
Company’s 71 ranch. It’s now a beautiful guest ranch.
A large white wooden house on a grassy hill is surrounded
with a porch that overlooks the mountains, hay meadows, and
quaking aspen and willows. The old barn draws photographers
and artists. It’s right out of the movies.
From the 71 ranch we’ll drive on plowed roads with snow stacked
deep on either side of the van through the mountains to
Ruby Valley which is ranching country. The ranch on tour
is the Wines place, a historical ranch that’s been in the
Wines family for six generations. Micki and Ira Wines
will show us around. Ira’s grandmother, age 103, still lives
on the place by herself, cooks for herself, and does her
The Wines ranch is at the far end of the Valley near some of the best
fly fishing for trout and bass in the country (the Ruby Marshes). Great
bird watching here, too, since it’s on the Canadian flyway. But not now.
Wide open space is covered in snow. Wildflowers, trout, bass, and birds
are gone. This is not the time for a fishing or hiking vacation!
We’re getting lots of snow this winter, so the mountains will be dazzling
white against a spectacular blue sky, and many mornings frosty pogonip
will layer the trees. If we’re lucky we might see wild mustang horses,
deer, or elk, or a solitary coyote. I wish you could be here to see it with us.