This book is a collection of short stories divided into 4 books as follows: Book 1, Life on Grandfathers Homestead, is primarily history/and nostalgia about growing up on the family homestead in Wyoming in the 40s and 50s. However, it is much more. It is a collection of hundreds of historical photographs including antique farm and ranch equipment and some of the innovations our pioneering ancestors developed to ease their burden.
If you enjoy history, nostalgia, and stories of rural America, you will like this book. The photographs alone are worth the price of the book. Book 2, Wyoming Hunting Guides and More Hunting, is about my experiences hunting and guiding hunters with my older brother in Wyoming.
This section is largely about my brother Bob and a guide business that he operated for many years. It offers many Tall Tales and other unusual stories of his occupation as a hunting guide and as a logger. In addition I tell a few stories from my 50+ years of hunting in the Blue Mountains of Washington.
Book 3, Life Beyond the Black Hills, is about my adventures as a country bumpkin, new to big city life in Spokane, WA. It includes a How I Met My Wife episode. It has many stories of some interesting and unusual jobs I held such as, an internal auditor in Alaska, working as a Railway Mail Clerk, etc. Included in this section is a Chapter, The Joys of Camping and some of our 50 plus years of RV camping. My favorite camping story is Hiking across the Grand Canyon. Book 4,The Early Pioneers is a collection of family stories and photographs of some of my ancestors.
Much of this family history was contemporaneously written and dates back to about 1595 in Massachusetts and elsewhere. Later on, several families of my ancestors came to the Black hills area as pioneer homesteaders. This section features many stories and photos of these early settlers, especially in the Area around Sundance, Wyoming and the Devils tower.