Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Remembering Big

Around 100 miles west of our home, across the prairies, into the foothills, and finally in the mountains is where  family history runs deep and my heart lies. Our cows are taken out there in June and pushed up high in the hills to grow fat and sassy. They'll wander down in the fall when it starts to get cool, ready to come home.
  
The range has been in the family for years. My heart grins that my daughter will make her own memories there, and hear about the memories of her family's past.
 
Stories that are vividly remembered and told over and over because history is so important to us. Stories about when her great, great Uncle was riding along with his five year old Bobby, in the bush, they came across a creek and the little guy said, "Dad, what's the name of this creek?" A reply came, "Well, son, don't   you know this is Bobby Creek!"

      
The same Uncle was guiding a televised moose hunt, when they came around a bend, onto a creek bed, and stumbled across a grizzly bear. Faster than you could spit, he was off his horse, rifle in hand, and a bear on the ground. When this hunt was shown on TV, it's the one time mom's family was allowed to stay home from church on Sunday and watch the hunt. To this day, these creeks are still named Bobby Creek and Grizzly Creek.
 
One creek crossing, that's referred to in the family as Wet Socks was aptly named after my Grandpa's  mishap. A hired man found him sitting by the creek, drying out his socks over a little fire, where he'd obviously fallen in while he was out checking cows.
 
One of the best stories of a trick to pull my Dad has passed along to my husband. After a good, heavy wet snow, give a tree a good boot while you're riding by, and the next guy get's covered in snow.
 
My mom grew up riding through the range at a very young age. While her love for these parts grew strong, so did her ability to ride a horse. I heard on a few occasions from my Grandpa how good at riding Mom was.
  

Mom tells stories of my Grandma, bringing five children out in the summer to play and make memories. She cooked huge meals in a little cabin, with no running water or electricity. She would bring her typewriter and sit and clunk away in the beauty of the wild, as there were no extra house chores to do, or people phoning or popping in. 

 
Grandma had an ability to tell stories about  life. She wrote for most national farm magazines,published several books, had stories that were heard over CBC and Drumheller radio, and many recall her hilarious weekly columns for the Red Deer advocate that would include stories about being 'Out West.' Grandma's stories were never exaggerated, our family simply remember's big! I'm blessed beyond belief to continue to pass down these stories, and am  fiercely proud to be a part of this family.

24 comments:

fernvalley01 said...

Wonderful pictures and memories! Sounds like your little one has a great heritage to discover and join in on

Shirley said...

You have an interesting family! Is that range up the Highwood River?

CCC said...

What a great heritage. There is none greater than the love of the land and those that have gone before us. And of course, being 'hanner Cymraes' (half Welsh) I'm one who thinks there is nothing better than a good story and I love yours. You must have a little of your Grandma's talent.

NaomiG said...

Those pictures are AMAZING. I can't wait to visit up there someday. Beautiful. Love that you're sharing your family history, such a great heritage.

Crystal said...

How cool to have that much history! Sounds like an awesome place to grow up and the stories sound amazing.

cityfarmer said...

being a farm girl born and raised, but yet now a cityfarmer ... these rolling pastures are in my dreams ..... sigh

don't ever give up that land


p.s. have you seen the movie "Sweetland"?
you must

Jaimi_C said...

How beautiful! Love the stories!

Red said...

For a family that remember's big, you have a wonderful way of expressing these memories, of your heritage & for your little one, sharing all these blessings!

LindaG said...

Wonderful history. How great for your family. :)

Steph said...

Great stories, and pictures!

Grandma K said...

I am thinking that you have inherited Grandma Betty's ability to write!
I so enjoy reading these stories from your perspective. Please keep writing.
Your photography is great too! Beautiful country......

PACountry said...

These are great family stories! I feel honored that you have passed them along to your readers as well! Thank you!

G said...

Great Post!! Never let the stories die, keep on with tradition it's so important. So excited for you guys to be so involved.

Cora said...

Wow...it is so nice to have great stories to tell...stories with history handed down for generations. You live in a beautiful place.
Thanks for coming by and visiting with me =)
I'm ready to hear whats in your bucket!!

Anna said...

What a wonderful history to be a part of!! I love it, "remembers big"!

Anna said...

Wonderful history! (I wrote a comment and now it never posted...) I love that you say "remembers big!"

Angie Berry said...

Gorgeous place, wonderful history! I grew up on about 800 acres but it wasn't near as pretty as that. But it was still fun to run the land. Your daughter is so fortunate!

Joey said...

Ah, Cheyenne, your blog brought back so many memories of our wonderful childhood 'out West'. I'm so glad your family carries on the tradition.

Airplane said...

My dad "remembers big" too - and he loves to tell stories! Often Diddy and I will be listening to him tell someone a story that we were present for and we'll be looking at each other and saying, "That's not how it happened..."

Jennifer said...

What a neat post... and beautiful pictures!

Amanda said...

This is all so beautiful!

Oh my goodness... I am SO sorry about the store being closed. I mean super sorry. I got to work and almost immediately threw up (sorry- I know.. TMI) and Serena had all the boys with her and the only thing I could do was close. :( Or keep throwing up, which would not have been a lovely sight. Hope that it will work again. Thanks for being the "touristy nerdy family type." I love it!

Anonymous said...

I've heard much about "Out West", and am delighted to see some photos and hear your stories. I would love to see it for myself one day.
Steph

Laine said...

LOVE it Chey!!! xoxo

Elizabeth Martin said...

just followed your link - you have a beautiful way of writing and I understand your wonderful relationship and bond with the land! Wonderful Post!

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