My new digs at the Ben Avery gun range. I've got my very own water faucet, a shower next door, and a dumpster at the entrance to my boondocking site.... I don't know about you, but to a boondocker that much luxury is a little bit of Heaven.
After stopping in downtown Wickenburg and filling up my empty 5 gallon propane tank at $2.99 a gallon, I headed East, first on 60 and then on 74, and by 10 o'clock I was pulling into the Ben Avery gun range a wee bit north of Phoenix Arizona.
They accepted me at the campground with a minimum amount of begging and pleading on my part and in a matter of minutes, $72 poorer I pulled into my boondocking spot for a weeks stay at the largest shooting range in the West, and even better, there's hardly anyone else around. I'm also right next to a restroom , shower room building, with a water faucet in my boondocking site, and a dumpster right near the corner of my site.
For those of you that don't often boondock you probably don't realize how thrilling it is to be able to walk 50 feet and throw your trash in a dumpster.... ANYTIME I FEEL LIKE IT!! Boondocker's get used to being thankful for the small things in life.
I was able to park the bronco with the refrigerator on the shady side, which helps the fridge stay cool. And ordered a few things I needed from Amazon to be shipped to the gun range.
So now, I'm in my happy place, I'm around folks I can relate to, my Internet is down right speedy, and there's even a little cloudy weather predicted for Phoenix, so maybe I can get a decent sunrise or sunset picture... All's right with the world.
Cowboys! I was talking about boondocking at Ben Avery's gun range, and suddenly there's cowboys. I guess that's what happens when I have left over pictures from the last place I was at.
There's a lot of frustration on this cowboys face, and it's all because of that empty loop hanging in the air... Sometimes the cowboy's win sometimes the steer wins.
I don't know how these cowboys keep from getting tangled up in all that rope.
It seems to me being a Healer like the cowboy in the picture above would be the worst job to have. I mean, what are the odds of actually being able to rope a steers hind-legs while he's running?
I used to think that it would be impossible to rope both of the hind-legs of a running steer, even though I saw people do it, it just didn't look possible. But it's all about using the proper technique, and hopefully these next three photos will show how it's done.
First of all the Healer that's going to rope the steer's hind legs throws a big loop in his lasso, and it's big for a reason
When the Healer throws that big loop, the top of his loop hits the side or the shanks of the steers leg, which causes the bottom of the loop to wrap around the steers hind legs.
The steer is being pulled forward by the Headers horse, so when the loop wraps around the steer's hind legs for a split second the loop is open and the steer's forward motion pulls his hind legs into the loop.
But that big loop has a lot of slack once the steer steps into the loop, so the Healer only has a second to take up that slack or the steer will step out of the loop.
So to keep the steer from stepping out of the loop the healers horse has to quickly back up, and at the same time the Healer has to rare back as fast and as far as possible to get the slack out of the loop. And remember all of this is taking place in five or six seconds.
There's a reason this is called TEAM roping. Because those two cowboys, and those two horses have to be perfectly in sync or none of this will work.