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In 1982 Len Brown and Lisa Dawes left on a horseback trip headed to ALASKA. They had prepared for this trip for 1&1/2 years. LIVING OUTDOORS for 8 months, they had to revise their saddles and struggled with a packhorse going off a bluff while falling hundreds of yards down into a canyon. This is an overview of their trip with many difficulties,good times, and many stories of the good  people they met throughout the WEST. 

4 of 5 HORSES and LEN, The 1st DAY, of the TRIP.
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17-H REDWING, 15-H TOBASCO, 16-H LUCKY, LEN & his FIRST horse>16-H CHARLIE

Dropped into the Carson National Forest of NEW MEXICO, in early April 1982, THE TRIP OF  LIFETIME BEGAN. Len had liquidated his dozer business and left the family Ford Lincoln Mercury Dealership he had worked at for years with his father. He walked away from 21% interest on the heavy equiptment, 2 years of midwest drought, a divorce he instituted, and a life he felt was ruining his health via NERVES and STRESS. Add the future business climate that hurt many in the Country at that time, Len felt it better to get away. A long way away; with a young lady he'd met while working at the Car dealership in Nevada, MO. She was the HORSEWOMAN. Len had only briefly ridden in the past. Follow the learning process Len went thru and glimpses of their life-changing trip.

Jerry Miller and Len at 1st camp with GEAR.
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Jerry and Len's Brother hauled the gear and HORSES to DROP US OFF in NM.

When Len did anything he studied it and the history of what he was about to do. Growing up in the country he was also an Eagle scout, hunter and fisherman. A craftsman since grade school, Len did hand work and mechanics that people couldn't believe. He was a Jet Engine Mechanic in depot level Overhaul in the Navy. He spent 2.5yrs. as an Apprentice Mortician while in high school on a special state occupation training program. Many interest's, many talents, 2.5  years of college with no major, Len had never found any one thing to challenge all his talents and to keep his intrest focused. Never did he dream it would be the horse and Saddling. HE WAS FACINATED WITH THIS YOUNG LADY AND STARTING A LIFE THAT WAS MORE REWARDING.
 SO LEN SOLD EVERYTHING  HE COULD, PAID ALL HE COULD AND HE AND LISA LEFT ON HORSEBACK FOR ALASKA. NO SET CONTACTS, NO ITINERARY, JUST GETTING "THE HELL OUT OF DODGE" !

Tres Piedres, Our first vist to civilization in NM
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Sonny Elan and 3 ROCKS OUTFITTERS, BEAR HUNTING AND A HOT TUB!

Above we were at the 3 rocks outfitters and after 2 weeks in the Carson it was the rest we needed, hot tub and all. The guys were great and took us on a Bear hunt with their dogs. No bears but a lot of fun following the dogs at speed. From Tres Piedras we rode north to cross the state line and that little river on the map just below San Miguel, Colorado. So to the Loginitas Wilderness area we rode. When their we found about 10 inches of snow. Canyons and mesas were everywhere & we made camp. The snow seemed to be melting at a good clip everyday. We waited & I explored a little. Then it snowed some more. After a week or so of a little rain, snow and some sunshine we headed out. That is the picture below. I'll tell you more later.  

LEAVING THE LOGINITIS AREA OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO
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WE HAD WAITED A WEEK FOR THE SNOW TO MELT, IT DIDN'T WORK. ON TO CHALMA, TO THE WEST.

THE W. DELORES RIVER IN SPRING RUNOFF. ICY COLD!
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ONE SLIP IN THIS AND YOU CAN BE HISTORY. LIZARD HEAD PEAK RUNOFF!

WHAT IT'S LIKE TO RIDE AND PACK 5 HORSES FOR 3,000 MILES.
   In preparation for this adventure, I made my own Bowie Knife, Saddle, Osage Orange Indian bow & arrows, and a 52 Caliber 6 shooter Colt Walker pistol (for the Grizzly Bears). Our leather clothes and Indian "muk-luk" Boots were also handmade. Every morning we'd be up before dawn; that is if the horses didn't all thunder off at 2AM in a snowstorm. Lisa, my partner on this trip would cook breakfast and break camp while I tracked our horses from the night before. Whenever I returned bareback with 4 horse's, tied head to tail behind me, she would help me with their feed sacks. I then had to check every foot, and replace any bad nails or shoes worn in-two  at the front. Shoes only lasted, on average, one week before they wore in two. I'd take each side off, shape another shoe on a rock, Nail back in every hole. After while I'd have to drive above the previous exit of the nail. I never lost a shoe and 6 nailed , not eight. (Never had a lame step either.) 
    Lisa would cook breakfast and start breaking camp as I was tracking the horses.  After a quick breakfast for the horses and ourselves, I started weighing packs with a scale in order to balance the loads side to side, and to balance the packs for the horse's to even out the load per horse. Feeding out 30 lbs. of grain was done daily. Packing 575 lbs. of gear (including our riding saddles) was done next. The average time allotted each morning was 5 hours of work....... I wouldn't stop riding until we put 8 hours in the saddle. A 30 minute stop for lunch was done for lunch. Often a batch of cake batter mixed with eggs, eaten raw & off we'd go. Then we would ride until we found water and grass. (I lost from 225# down to 170# in 2 months eating all I wanted.)
      An 8 hr ride often turned into 10 or 12 hours and  then a midnight flashlight task of un-packing, feeding, setting up camp & stake out or hobble the horses.  
    A shot of Whiskey every night in the tent was our necessity before passing out from the 18 or 20 hour day. Every week the same: another 5 days of riding and 2 days of rest. We never did less than 32 miles per day, and often over 50. It was like a brutal boot camp.
      My tough horse, " Run-away Charlie, did a 4.25 mph walk uphill or down. Many friends were made. We had many experiences unknown in today's world. No radio, no phone: we could tell you where we rode, who we met, what eventful happened for every day at the end of the first six months. In order, or by event, or place; we could tell you 6 months one day at a time. Ever wonder why your Grandpa or Grandma could tell you so much detail about the old days?  Life was slower and the little things became bigger. Or you could just say; "Low entertainment threshold!" I'll add more to the trip part of the site a little at a time. Len

THE SADDLE I MADE FOR THE TRIP,My 1st & hand sewn
2015-3000mileTripSaddle, THE  FIRST SADDLE I MADE.
I made it and rode it at the same time. FINALLY IT WAS RIGHT,

GRITS, FRESH TROUT, HAM A GREAT LATE BREAKFAST!
FRESH TROUT, HAM, GRITS, GREAT WEEKEND  FOOD
5 DAYS RIDING, 2 DAYS REST, WE ATE WELL ON THE REST.

S.W. WY. CEDAR MOUNTAIN PLATEAU, RED DESERT AHEAD
S.W. WY. CEDAR MOUNTAIN PLATEAU. RED DESERT AHEAD.
ONLY A HIGHWAY MAP TO GUESS WHERE HOW TO GET TO MOUNTAIN VIEW WY.

COMING TO WHAT LOOKS LIKE > FLAT DESERT AHEAD
THIS DESCENT WAS NOT AS STEEP AS MANY WE RODE THRU
THIS DESCENT WAS NOT AS STEEP AS MANY WE RODE THRU IN THE DESERT.

NEAR THE BOTTOM, YOU GET LOST IN THE DESERT
YOU CAN WANDER MILES UP & DOWN A GULLY TO GET OUT!
YOU CAN WANDER A MILE UP & DOWN A GULLY FINDING A WAY OUT!

WE'RE NORTH OF FT. BRIDGER NOW, HEADED SAWTOOTHS.
EVENING CAMP N. OF FT. BRIDGER, WATER & GRASS!
AN EVENING CAMP, WATER & GRASS, RIDE TILL YOU FINED THEM .

Len on the right VIETNAM VET RECLUSE on the left.
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BRAIN AND SMOKE TANNED BUCKSKIN IS HIS CRAFT & WHAT HE WEARS.

WE MAKE CAMP AFTER CROSSING THE GREEN RIVER.
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NOW WE CLIMB INTO THE 11,000 FT WIND RIVER RANGE.

WE START THE CLIMB INTO THE WIND RIVER RANGE.
WE START UP INTO THE WINDRIVER RANGE, 2 WEEK REST
OUR GOAL WAS TO RECOUP & VACATION FOR 2 WEEKS HERE.

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE CLOSE TO THE TOP?
A LONG CLIMB AND WE FIND WE AREN'T EVEN 1/2 WAY UP
A LONG CLIMB AND WE FIND WE AREN'T EVEN 1/2 WAY THERE.

AN EASY TRAIL BUT GREAT BACKGROUND OF THE MORNING
IN CO. WE RODE TRAILS MUCH WORSE, NOT BAD HERE.
IN CO. WE RODE TRAILS MUCH WORSE, NOT BAD H ERE.

A LITTLE MOONSCAPE WITH SNOW. TIE A HORSE TO WHAT?
A LITTLE MOONSCAPE WITH SNOW, TIE A HORSE TO WHAT?
LATE AUGUST, DESERT BEHIND US, IT'S ANOTHER WORLD HERE.

WE CAMP JUST OVER THE HILL FROM HERE ON CLEAR LAKE
NEVER LOST A SHOE OR HAD A LAME STEP IN 3000 MILES
NEVER LOST A SHOE OR HAD A LAME STEP. NEXT YOU SEE SHOEING UP HERE.

ANVILS COME IN ALL SIZES, CARPENTERS AXE ON SHOES.
LEN SHAPED TILL ALL HOLES LINE UP, NEW NAILS, HOLE
LEN SHAPED TILL ALL HOLES LINED UP. NEW NAILS> OLD HOLES. NO CHIOCE, EVERY WEEK SHOES CHANGED

HORSE'S HOME FOR 2 WKS. WE CAMPED HERE.
HORSE'S HOME FOR 2 WKS. WE CAMPED HERE FOR 5 DAYS.
A 2 DAY HAIL STORM CAUGHT US HERE, MET SOME NEW FRIENDS THOUGH.

2 COWGIRLS; SADDLE & RUTH ANN FROM COLORADO,
SALLY & RUTH ANN, PACKING NAT FORREST;  CA. TO CO
THEY'RE PACKING THE NAT. FORREST FROM CA. TO CO. PLAYED POKER DURING HAIL STORM IN OUR TENT.

LEN RE-SHAPED, PUT LEATHER SKIRTS ON PACK SADDLES.
PACK SADDLES REBUILT BY LEN 500 MI INTO TRIP.
500 MILES INTO TRIP THE PACK SADDLES WERE REBUILT BY LEN.

SOME HORSE'S DON'T WANT TO FOLLOW THE LEADER ?
LEN & LUCK HAVE AN ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT SESSION
THE SADDLEBRED EVERY TIME. LEN & LUCKY HAVE AN ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT SESSION

IN DESERT SW OF WIND RIVER Range IS BOARS TUSK
AT BOARS TUSK IN DESERT ON WAY TO SUPERIOR WY.
A WEEKS TRIP ACROSS DESERT TO SUPERIOR WY. WE DID IN 3 DAYS RIDING

NOV IN FLINT HILLS,15 DEGREES & 30 MPH HEAD WIND.
FLINT HILLS, NOV. 15 Degrees & 30 MPH HEAD WIND
LISA'S GLAD SHE HAND SEWED THE CLOTHES WE WORE NOW !

19 MI & HOME, NOV 21ST 1982 RIDING 10 DAY SOLID
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2 DAYS BEFORE THE WORST ICE STORM OF THE CENTURY.

THANK YOU FOR VISITING THE TRIP PAGE. I'VE MANY MORE PICTURES AND WILL START TEXT SOON. I'M FINISHING A NEW SADDLE RIGHT NOW WHICH YOU CAN VIEW ONSITE IN A FEW WEEKS. REGARDS, LEN BROWN