THE BIG MUDDY

Peaks and valleys surround me..

Peaks and valleys surround me..

I felt just a little disoriented this morning and had to give my head a shake..where was I? Then the excitement began to flow.. I am in the Big Muddy.. This served as the starting point for the Outlaw Trail between Canada and Mexico and as a gateway to Saskatchewan’s own Big Muddy Badlands. My breath was literally taken away by what I have seen getting here..some of the most beautiful country I have ever laid eyes on. There were moments I just had to pull over and listen to the quiet and then the song of the crickets would take over and If I listened really carefully I could hear the cry of the hawk taking a dive for his lunch. The smell of hay fields in the heat were intoxicating and the peaks and valleys had me mesmerized. This is a country rich in agriculture and ranching. On my things to see today will be the tour of the Badlands and Sam Kelly’s outlaw caves.. Sam Kelley (alias Charles ‘Red’ Nelson) was one of the wiliest, most dangerous and most wanted outlaws of the Big Muddy. Kelley is said to have lived in the caves for several years following his decision to go straight. Around 1909, he purchased a ranch in the Big Muddy Valley and set off on a new life as a legitimate rancher. Yet, when he turned himself in to a Montana sheriff in 1904, suddenly, there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him of a single crime. Kelley used the occasion of this good fortune to take an early retirement from the outlaw trade. And when he died with his boots off in 1937, Debden, Saskatchewan, lost one of her most, umm, colourful homesteaders. Kelley was born in Nova Scotia and came west to Montana for reasons unknown—much of the Sam Kelley story is sketchy. One of his earliest documented escapades occurred in 1895, when he and an accomplice broke two men out of a jailhouse in Glasgow, Montana. Let the day begin!

Your only allowed to feel happy when wild sunflowers smile around you...

Your only allowed to feel happy when wild sunflowers smile around you…

This reminded me of a scene from an old west movie..

This reminded me of a scene from an old west movie..

The smell of sweet hay fields in the heat.. intoxicating,..

The smell of sweet hay fields in the heat.. intoxicating,..

copyright Es-tee Miller

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures.
Geronimo

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About redcontroversy

I know I'm a stargazing,skywatching,storm loving, sungazing addict. Environmentalist, political blogger, professional photographer, writer, artist...my favourite quote is: "If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive". ~ Eleonora Duse ~ ...my soul is definitely alive.
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5 Responses to THE BIG MUDDY

  1. BITSY COULSTON says:

    i am soooo enjoying this trip with you!!!  thanks for sharing the photos and your wonderful words!  luv u!

     

    ~~~GOD IZ MIGHTY~~~

    ________________________________

  2. Toni says:

    Awesome info .
    Give me a call please.

  3. Jack says:

    You are taking me on the most wonderful journey and I’m enjoying every second of it! Please don’t stop.

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