Monday, August 30, 2010

Last American Cowboy

image Sandy and I have been watching a series on the Animal Planet. It's called the Last American Cowboy and covers three families the Stuckys, the Galts and Hughes ranches in Montana.
I've always had the desire to be a cowboy and work on a ranch. But, after watching this series I'm not sure. This series follows the three families which are tough cowboys through freak storms, deadly outbreaks of disease, hungry predators and forest fires that threaten their livelihood. (photo above from web site of Animal Planet)

LAST AMERICAN COWBOY shares the highs and lows of life on a ranch for the Hughes, Galt and Stucky families. From the multi-generational ranch family committed to working only on horseback to the modern rancher who uses high-tech equipment, ATV vehicles and even a helicopter to manage his massive operation to the small nuclear family determined to persevere against all odds, all must struggle to make ends meet and all are deeply committed to this classic way of life lived close to the land.

The Hughes family, the smallest of the three ranches, live on a 12,000-acre ranch and manage their herd of 500 Black Angus all alone. Comparatively, the Galt Ranch is one of the largest cattle ranches in Montana with over 100,000 acres, 5,500 cattle and 100 horses. It is so vast that the owner Bill Galt manages it from the sky in his own helicopter. The Galt family believe technology is the future of ranching and necessary to efficiently run a ranch of this size and caliber. Contrary to the Galt family, the Stuckys are traditional ranchers choosing horseback over ATVs and doing most of the work by hand. Keeping these traditions alive is deeply important to the entire clan, and as the ranch continues to grow and expand, the Stuckys hope it will be passed down through generations

Another interesting point we learned is they come to one another's aid when one was in need. Kind of reminds us of the RV friends we’ve made and have read about in following their blogs. We all seem to come to one another's aid in times of trouble or need, and helping if in the area.

We’ve been following Rollie and Gina's blog for some time and here are two strong Christian people who give of themselves to fellow Rver’s. Example, in the building of Mike And Pats summer cabin in Custer, SD. They recently were at Mikes and Janna’s home in Big Timber, MT helping with chores around their place. Then their is Mike himself who seems to be always helping his neighbors. My friend Mark has come to my aid many times. Then their is Rick in Cowichan Bay, B.C., Canada  who has shared his expertise with all of us with his computer/tech knowledge. His recently published 101 Tech and Tips is just great. If you haven’t seen it check it out on his side bar. There are many more out there who give of themselves and we all are so fortunate to be apart of this family.

While in Tyler today we had breakfast at a very unusual Whataburger. They had some interesting sports memorabilia throughout. Here are a couple photos I took of the two motorcycles on display. (click pictures to enlarge)

image Until next time…MtnAire Travelers.


  1. Amen!! This is a most wonderful group of people...the best we have ever encountered.

    Sounds like a great series! We'll have to catch it on re-runs or purchase the DVD. I would love to see it.

    Take care!
    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  2. Hi Weldon and Sandy,
    Reading your blog every day brings back so many memories from growing up in Texas. I lived in Tyler and Kilgore area during my junior high school years and attended Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches. Canton has always been one of my favorite places to go -- been there several times. So, thanks for sharing a little bit of Texas with me.

  3. You're absolutely right about the cowboy thing. It looks pretty romantic and exciting a lot of the time, but it was darned hard work, lonely work and quite dangerous most of the time. I'm kind of glad I'm just watching cowboy shows on TV instead of actually being one!

    Thanks so much for the "shout-out" in your blog!