bigger. Maybe 12 feet tall, to fit the country. That way places would
seem closer together.
The branch of the Montana family that I know best is the livestock
raisers. They come in all shapes and sizes, but they are all quite
durable. When they order a Montana cowboy from the dealer it is usually
with the heavy duty package; a one ton, maybe three-quarters with heavy
duty drive-train, undercarriage, shocks, mud and snow tires, 4-wheel
drive, of course, pre-dented, a shovel, bedroll and a deer guard bumper
that weighs as much as the cow-catcher on a Burlington Northern locomotive.
When you look at the pictures in the book, you can tell the characters
are solid as a corner post. I didn’t see a one of them that you
couldn’t wrap a wire around and pull tight against.
What shows through the book is how this hardy breed of pioneers fits
perfectly into their own part of the planet. They inhabit the land, the
cattle, the wildlife and the weather, like a big buck rules hos own
territory. They aren’t goin’ somewhere, they’re home.
Baxter Black – Aug. 14, 2012