We trailed to our mountain pasture… our big workday…
But this year, for me, it was a tad different. Instead of riding, I had babysitting duty, watching five grandkids. That freed up three people to ride instead of just me, so it made sense logistically, though I have to admit, I missed my cowboying job!
The cousins ran wild until I piled them into the pickup which was already loaded down with drink and food for lunch. We drove the newly designated “chuckwagon” to meet the cowboys partway up the mountain.
Remember my tipi idea from a few days ago?
I was feeling pretty down, no one thought my idea could work, at least those that knew construction materials. Yes, a fiberglass tipi would fit the dream of tipis in Ten Sleep… But I am just on to “playing” with extended life and/or solid tipi for myself here at home.
I go to my local Ace Hardware store, which is THE place to go… The first kid told me he didn’t think it was possible… After discussion, he retreived another gentleman, who also said no. The third guy listened to my idea and plea for anything that might work.
“Sure, you can do that!”
(Keep going til you find someone to support your idea! Is my motto…)
He proceeded to tell me what I should be googling to get the proper ratios… It’s called Monster Mud and it’s used in set decorations. The basic formula is joint compound and latex paint. Other things can be added to this depending on the look and strength desired.
He thought Portland cement and a concrete treatment might give it some strength and flexibility… But encouraged me to go Google it, believing that there was a recipe that had some “rubberized” effects.
I haven’t found the “rubberized” version, but I’m still looking. There was one where they added latex caulk…
In the meantime, the little tipi is up and cuter than snot!
Small fire erupted this afternoon, most likely from a lightning strike yesterday or the day before. My guys were right on it… and were joined by neighbors, Ten Sleep Fire, BLM, Worland Fire, and the Forest Service… plus a spotter plane, this helicopter, and two slurry bombers. For more pics and video, follow Red Dirt In My Soul on Facebook and Instagram. Due to quick action, it was quickly put down, although they’ll be keeping a close eye on it.