A river runs through it…Wyoming water

Posted: August 14, 2014 in Musings, Nature, Travel
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Water is necessary for life.  Water can be relaxing and refreshing.  Water can be annoying (as in a drip) or devastating when it gets in where it shouldn’t.  Water can hold life in it or destroy life.  Water can grant life to living things.  Lack of water can stunt growth or kill plants, animals or humans.  Water can be beautiful or terrible.  But we must all have it.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts about our time in Wyoming this year, there’s been plenty of water…in the form of winter snow, without which life here suffers, and in rain.  Consequently the grass is green and the flowers abundant and when we ride on certain trails, the sound of water is a thing of joy, whether in the chuckling and burbling of a stream or the louder music of river over rocks.

One of our favorite rides is through cow camp, where 21st century cowboys use old methods of herding cattle.  Cow camp is at the bottom of a very long, steep road and filled with things the seem specifically made to produce fear in a horse–tents, doors that might swing open, a chuck wagon, a fire pit; all sorts of “things.”  But starting at cow camp and running for some distance along the trail is Little Goose River, this year swelled by the abundant snow and rain.  We don’t take many photos there because in many places there’s not much room to dismount or mount again.  But we pause now and then to take what pictures we’re able to get on horseback while reveling in the sound of the water tumbling over rocks and laughing as it goes.


Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.
~Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories


It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.
~Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook


Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.
~Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad


Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
~John Lubbock, The Use of Life


There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.
~Winston Churchill


  1. I am very envious. Fine images to go with MacLean’s fine words.

  2. beautiful shots of beautiful country.
    i want to live there (but only in Summer). I’ll stay in my warm sunny Florida the rest of the year).
    I really like the Churchill quote. Nice. Randy

  3. How idyllic! I’d love to visit Wyoming. Jackson Hole is on my bucket list.

  4. Jaap Kroon says:

    Beautiful place and photos!

  5. menomama3 says:

    Water is irresistible and white water rivers are thrilling to watch. So much energy. I absolutely love the quote by Winston Churchill and I absolutely love all your Wyoming posts.

  6. M-R says:

    Particularly love your choice of quotation ! 😀

  7. WOW … these are great photographic captures of natures beauty. To be able to do this on horse back is incredible to me. I thought it was only done in movies. You’re truly blessed to be able to live in such a captivating place. I loved this post. Thank you for showing me your world. : )

  8. nowathome says:

    So beautiful there!

  9. Pat says:

    Inspired post Janet.

    Gorgeous images, quotes and your thoughts provide a wonderful respite. 🙂

  10. Water has always scared me, yet fascinated me at the same time.

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