I wanted to ask, “Have you been enjoying our book, “Rider on the Pony Express Trail, Volume One?”
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The photo we are sharing today was taken in 2016 while on the Pony trail in California. It was a beautiful day in October. We were in search of the Pony Express stations that research showed us had been used for the first few weeks of their operation. This is Luther Pass, they would have taken this path on their way to Hope Valley/Sorensons Station. In the year 1860, it was covered deep in snow. The first rider through here met with quite a challenge coming over these high Sierras! But as you can see here, in the Fall, it is quite beautiful.
I mention in our book how I spotted folks getting their horses ready for a ride near here. The weather was clear, crisp and cool…just right for a day ride in the mountains!
While working on our edits of “Rider on the Pony Express, Volume 2,” we have also been attending a few events where we could offer Volume 1 for sale, along with our Western Artwork. We were at the Reno, Nevada Rodeo (10 day show) and then the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity (7 day show). While at the last event, I took advantage of being with such talented folks, that I interviewed a couple of them on their works; A Leather artist, Bosal Maker, Lariat Basket maker and a man who makes all things related to working our horses! Stay tuned for those in upcoming Blog Posts!
Stay tuned for the Release of "Rider on the Pony Express Trail, Volume 2!"
Thank you so much for following along with Rider and I…We appreciate you very much!
Love, Carla and Rider (woof!)
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In order to catch you up to speed, if you are just joining in, I want to let you know about my personal project. My faithful companion, Rider (a gorgeous Australian Cattle Dog) and I, have been traveling on an Adventure, for a few years now… following the Central Overland Pony Express Trail.
Carla and Rider at Round FortRound Fort is between Ibapah and Callao Utah. It is also called Canyon Station. The Pony Express Canyon Station was further West of here though... This rock fortress was built the year after the Pony Express had ended.
Currently we are working on a Photo Journal, that will be an Ebook, with our personal experiences on the road. I started this journey, due to a visit to Fort Churchill, with my family in 2014. I read how it was built to protect the Pony Express Riders and the California Emigrant Trail. I have always been fascinated with the old West, and that of course included the Pony. On that day, surprised to find such a fortress still standing, I wanted to know if there were more! The photos I have captured, of these gems in the desert, will be in a Photo Book/Coffee Table Book. There will also be some History of the Stations, Station Keepers, Hostlers and the Riders.
Very naively I started this journey with the thought that the Pony Express "Auto Route" would drive me conveniently near all the ruins... Well, that was silly, and now I know better!
Please continue to "Ride Shotgun in Spirit" with us as we visit Historical Places along the route, and visit many Museums that house Archives of the daring young, and some not so young, Riders of the Infamous Pony Express!
Occasional we will also share with you many of the other sights seen along the way while traveling through California, Nevada and Utah.
We have decided to stop the book and journey for the time being at Salt Lake City, UT for a couple of reasons;
There are 3 more Divisions from Salt Lake City to St. Joseph Missouri. Lord Willing, we will make a book Two!
We are so blessed to have YOU to share this Journey with us.