Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Rosie Goes Shopping





















When winter weighs heavy, Ole Dangerous and I do a little shopping. Rarely are these trips for my benefit. Unlike most females, I don't need any fancy clothes or expensive shoes. I wouldn't mind a better brand of dog food or an occasional raw hide chew, but you have to remember Dangerous is a bit thrifty. He only upgrades his own ward robe once a year when Ream's Ranch Wear has its annual spring sale. Since they won't let me in the grocery store, where do you think he takes me shopping? Well, from the pictures, you can easily see his favorite place to drop a few bucks is Corral Creek Pack Station.

I think shopping isn't the real reason we visit Corral Creek. The two old boys who work there actually act like they are glad to see us. They even share their lunch with me. The taller of the two, Lonnie, is one of Dangerous' riding buddies. The other gentleman, Simon, is the best "leather man" in Utah. I hear Dangerous brag all the time about his Simon Saddle. Now and again, a rider will stop us on the trail to admire his saddle -- never his horse. You can tell they are a bit envious when Dangerous tells them he is riding a Simon custom built saddle. In fact, I get to listen to the constant argument between Fremont Bob and Shane, the farrier, about who inherits the saddle when Dangerous passes out of the picture. According to Dangerous, whoever gets the saddle has to take me. That usually sobers them up in a hurry.

I am sure you have your special places like us, but have you ever visited a saddle shop that smells of fresh oiled leather. Maybe a cured cow hide only appeals to a hungry sheep dog, but even Dangerous likes the smell. He isn't interested in chewing up Simon's work like me, but he sure likes to stand around swapping stories and admiring Simon's latest work. In fact, he can't help himself; he has Simon making him a pair of shotgun chaps, spur leathers, and a belt or two. I doubt he will ever wear the chaps, but he will proudly show them off to anyone he can get to listen.

So, if you are ever in Lindon, Utah drop by Corral Creek and take a look. Even if you don't buy anything, you can admire Simon's work, and Lonnie might take your picture next to the bear. Pick the right day and you will find Dangerous and I hanging out. If we aren't there, just tell Lonnie and Simon that Rosie sent you. They will take care of you.

3 comments:

Max said...

Rosie. How about your choice of dog food brands and a new rawhide chew on demand if you can get me an inside track on that saddle when ole Dangerous turns up his toes? I hate to horn in on Fremont and Shane, but we're not talking about just any old saddle...

Bluester said...

Too late Max. Tria, Dangerous Doug's sweet wife, said I could have it. I get his custom spurs too. Sorry. Fremont

Max said...

Well, it was worth a try, Bob. I might have known I'd have to get up pretty early to get ahead of an old rooster like you.