|Our Trip to Montana|
Big Sky Country
From August 31, 1998 through September 4, 1998, We were at Deadrock Ranch, just outside Livingston, Montana. We were the guests of the Phillip Morris Company at the 1998 Marlboro Ranch Party. This was a truly memorable experience and we are truly grateful to our hosts for putting on a grand show --- everything was first-class and over the top, 24 hours a day.
On Friday night, before we left, we were walking home from Zones. As a long time city person, I was having second thoughts about going to the country for a long time --- in the harsh glare of the city lights, two rats scurried across our path. I said, "Neon and Rats --- that's my idea of scenery and wildlife." Well, I was a little apprehensive about riding horses, shooting guns and whitewater rafting. But, my fears were assuaged by a prayer written by Arnold Taylor:
From: Arnold Taylor
Frank! FRANK! Has your partner arranged this Montana trip as a penance for you? I mean, a Cattle Drive, Whitewater Rafting, and Trap Shooting!!! Buck Benny Rides Again II !
Before you go, please write a codicil in your Last Will and Testament that bequeaths to me one of your zoot suits so I can keep your verve, your daring, your charm alive and kicking (only from the knee).
However, to obviate any loss of life or limb, I have prepared for you a paraphrase of at least a part of the 23rd Psalm for you to say religiously (there's another way?) especially before you go on your Cattle Drive/Whitewater Rafting/Trap Shooting adventures:
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
Yea, 'though I walk, ride, or swim through the valley
Surely, goodness and mercy will follow me
Lil joins me in wishing for the both of you a happy
HAPPY time. Montana is awesome!
Well, as the photo shows, Arnold was right and I was wrong. So, without further ado, here is the account of our trip. We took quite a few photos, so we have divided the story into four parts to minimize download time:
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