The Land Report

FALL 2015

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Late morning arrived at 4:30 a.m. with Wyman banging on my bedroom door. A big front was approaching, and he needed cloud shots. If we hurried, we'd be on the Waggoner just in time. Several miles north on Highway 6, Wyman was watching the road and the approaching cloud bank. Meanwhile, I wondered if we had time for me to puke in the bar ditch or if I should hang my head out the window. Just shy of the ranch boundary, Wyman pulled a U-turn that included a good portion of the southbound shoulder. "Hell with it," he said. "It ain't gonna make. Let's go get some breakfast." In November, at Cedar Top, one of the most storied cattle camps in cowboy lore, Wyman photographed the Waggoner wagon crew. Toward dusk, as the rich autumn light began to die out, it was easy to ignore the pickup trucks and the horse trailers parked beyond the chuck wagon and imagine the canvas teepees, wagon tent, and cook fire comforting cowboys coming in off the open range. Next morning, as the younger cow- boys in Jimbo Glover's crew jingled horses, we stood atop a trailer and watched the remuda approaching through the fog — Wyman with his camera mounted on a tripod, and me scribbling away with my pen and notebook. We talked little that morning, but both of us sensed we were capturing something important, something timeless. "Even though the Waggoner Ranch is only a few miles from where I've lived my entire life, it was always a closed world, its own little country, a mystery," Wyman says. "Very few people set foot on the place, let alone spent months exploring it. I never dreamed I would have the opportunity." I still can't look at the cover of Under One Fence: The Waggoner Ranch Legacy without a touch of wonder. A few years later, we did Wagonhound: Spirit of Wyoming without crossing paths. The 200,000-acre Wagonhound Ranch lies in Southeastern Wyoming, along the Medicine Bow Range, in some of the prettiest country I've seen: high, boulder-strewn meadows surrounded by aspens, craggy granite peaks, bottomland hay meadows, shortgrass range- land rising up to the foothills, all nourished by the clear, cold tributaries of La Bonte and Wagonhound Creeks. The book officially came out at the Wagonhound's inaugural horse sale in September 2013. I met Wyman and Sylinda at the airport in Denver. We flew to Casper, rented an SUV, and drove to the ranch. Wyman went on about how he couldn't wait 80 The LandReport | FA L L 2 0 1 5 LANDREPORT.COM Bringing in the remuda on the Waggoner Ranch at dawn.

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