Thursday, November 20, 2008

Book Tag Deja Vu

Shortly after I posted my book tag on Buck Brannaman's book, I was tagged again by my cousin Palomino Girl (why am I always it???) It just so happens that my newest book arrived from yesterday so I thought I would share it with you!

Here are the rules:

Grab the nearest book.
Open the book to page 56.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post the text of the next two to five sentences.
Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book or the intellectual one, pick the closest.
Tag five people to do the same.

The title of the book is "Starting From Scratch: The Adventures of A Lady Dude Rancher" by Alice Gleason.

Well, I'm afraid I have to cheat a bit as the book has nothing but photos on page 56! So I decided to just quote the back cover of the book:

Alice Gleason, a slip of a woman with steel backbone, twinkling eyes, and a passionate love for mountain life, wrote as she lived, with forthrightness and good humor. These charming tales describe the times she lived in- the old days of country schools, crank phones, wringer washers, good horses, fresh mountain air, dangerous blizzards, and the occasional flood and rest fire. Alice and her husband Kenneth stated the Circle 8 Guest Ranch by homesteading west of Choteau, Montana in 1930 and bringing their first guest with them. From that year until 1978, the Gleasons shared with many their simple mountain life along the East Front of the Rockies, and Alice recorded anecdotes and stories as the years went by. Found in a closet after her death in 1997, Alice's stories take the reader back to another era along the East Front. These witty first-hand observations and tales capture the essence of a way of life long gone, while providing the reader with an entertaining glimpse into Alice's unique life and the roots of the Circle 8 Ranch.

I first saw the book in an Outfitter's Supply catalog, then found a used copy on I have not started reading the book yet, but I enjoy autobiographies and my dream is to someday visit or work a summer on a real "dude ranch," so I thought I might find this book inspiring. Has anyone heard of it or read it? I did a little digging and the Circle 8 is now called the Pine Butte Guest Ranch and is owned by the Nature Conservancy. You can click here for more information.

Last time I didn't tag anyone, but seeing as the holidays are nearly upon us and books always make good gifts.... share some good reads with us, my blogger friends:

One great Rancher Woman herself, Linda over at the 7msn Ranch

The Wades over at Galloping Grace Youth Ranch

TJ and Mark at The Ranch at Salmon Creek

My favorite Brown-Eyed Cowgirl

My spotted friends at C-ing Spots Appaloosas.

Thanks and have fun!


  1. FIRST!!

    LOL-I couldn't resist doing what they do over at Fugly. It PO's some people, but I get the humor in it.

    Anyway, (Yea-I'm bored this morning-I had to wait around for a new waterer to be delivered) that I am home and sitting at my own computer, what do you think is handy? LOL-Do you prefer Charmayne James or Ed and Martha Wright? But of course those would be my barrel racing bibles-hehehe.

  2. Thanks for the tag, Pony Girl. I love this one, 'cause I just love to read.

    Hey, ya think people 50 years from now will be saying this about our blogs?
    "These witty first-hand observations and tales capture the essence of a way of life long gone, while providing the reader with an entertaining glimpse into.."

  3. You have to go to McGinnis if you want to “dude ranch” and learn some great horsemanship and eat awesome food!

  4. BEC~ you crack me up! ;) I always used to laugh at the people who would do that "first" thing on PW's site, too. They wouldn't even write a comment....just say "First!"

    Liz~ Have you been to McGinnis? I want to go!! Obviously because of the Brannaman connection. I wish my summers off from teaching were longer, I would definitely wrangle for the summer season, what an experience that would be!

  5. Yes, I have been to McGinnis...and wish I could go back every year, if not for longer than a guest week!

    1999 on one of the ranch’s horses

  6. i thanks for stopping by , I have to admit I have checked out you r blog before.Love your horse ,what a handsome fellow!!

  7. That sounds like a really interesting book - I'll have to check it out.

  8. Owning a ranch would be so much fun. I have always wanted to go and ride at a dude ranch. I will get to one day. I want to ride up in the mountains and then drive some cattle, and maybe even sleep under the stars.

  9. that looks like an interesting book.

    PS- you've been tagged! visit my blog to find out more.

  10. Aack!! Ponygirl - help me!! I still don't know how to do the highlighted link thingy. Melanie told me how to do it once, but I must have done it me pleeeeease.
    Have a great weekend with your boy.

  11. I saw this back when, meant to follow through--I'm a loser blog buddy! Thanks for tagging me, even if I was to lame to participate. :)


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