Debbie keeps telling people at shows – we’ll be at the Santa Fe Indian Market in the Eldorado Hotel at a show called Native Treasures the third week of August – that our travels are posted on the website. Actually, they’ve been posted to Facebook Doug Hocking Author Page. But I need to update the photos on the web page.
In June, we were in Wyoming for the Western Writers of America Conference and took the opportunity to visit places I had never been. We looked into the world of the Mountain Men.We visited many of the Rendezvous sites. This one is in Riverton where the Wind River and Bighorn come together. It’s in an industrial park and not a very attractive site. Here is another view of the Rendezvous Site at Riverton. This is the 1825 Rendezvous Site almost into Colorado on a tributary of the Green River. Pinedale has an annual Rendezvous and it’s on my bucket list (the problem with bucket lists is that I fear once you complete the list there is nothing left to do but kick the bucket; I have better things to do with my time). These beads are from the Museum of the Mountain Man and surprised me in that they are not the later glass beads we are so familiar with. Pipe and a bear claw necklace from the Museum of the Mountain Man. This is how a lodge must have looked. Looks comfortable. Smoking materials. They become models for things I might make. Pipes were the thing. Cigarette papers did not become available until much, much later, perhaps as late as the 1880s. Porcupine quillwork mixed with beads. An enigmatic fellow, Captain Bonneville built himself a fort on the Green River 15 miles or so above Pinedale. It was the site of a trading post and a Rendezvous. What was Bonneville doing there? Washington Irving made him famous. Why was he on leave of absence from the Army? Year after year Rendezvous returned to sites on the Green River between Pinedale, which wasn’t there yet, and Fort Bonneville.
This is also on the Green River near Pinedale. The Oregon Trail passed this way.Mountain Man country surprised me. It’s a lot like the basin and range country of southern Arizona. There are mountains separated by meadow, prairie and expanses of sagebrush. It’s not all high mountains. Green River near Pinedale Pronghorn antelope in Pinedale