I thought I would give you a brief mountain update. Much more to come in the next several days, but here is just a taste.
Lori and I had a fantastic trip up the mountain. We laughed, we cried. It was a very emotional trip on many levels.
We had a memorial for Lakota. Lori, Shawn and I stacked several rocks into a small pile near his body. Lori and I added a few personal small things to it. A couple of feathers, a crystal. I have some of his tail hair to keep. It still does not seem real to me.
Lakota continues to touch my soul. He chose his final resting place not far from where I camp (about 1/4 mile away). Thousands and thousands of acres, and he is in clear view from my campsite. That is truly amazing to me and another gift that he was able to give me. That may sound strange to some, but being able to look out across the meadow and see him several times a day, gave me peace. To know that I will see him every time I go, gave me peace.
I went to visit him and added a rock each day I was there.
The removal was also going on. It was hard and painful to watch, and we did not spend much time there. But I will say that what I did see was that Jared Bybee and his assistant Ryan were caring, compassionate and respectful to the horses and they handled them with care. It will be over soon and life can go back to the normal peace of the mountain. As we left the mountain this afternoon, they had July and her colt in the pen.
Below are a small collection of photos for you. I promise I will give you many more in the days to follow.