Rancher – Aspiring Cowboy
A decorated US Navy Deep Sea Diver with a 25 year adrenaline filled underwater construction, salvage and commercial diving career, in which 20 years I was owner/operator of my own firm. It’s a small elite group, and a career I am very proud of. It challenged and stretched me to my very core and called on aspects of my abilities that kept me tuned up. It was also that adrenaline fix that kept me out of trouble, because almost daily it was exciting and at the end of the day, I left nothing on the table.
In hindsight, my career honed me to be able to change skins and take on the every day demand of what my family would endure.
I had never really rode a horse and definitely never ranched prior to stepping foot in Nemiah Valley back in 2009. Although I will say that horses, hard work and homesteading is in my blood from both sides of my family. It wasn’t something I thought I would ever choose to do. I had romanticized about having horses, and even though we lived in the remote North Carolina mountains, we were not set up for this lifestyle, and likely never would be.
So much has transpired in the last 11 years it’s mind boggling. What I’ve learned has been fast tracked under the tutelage of some of the best Cowboys and bushmen in Nemiah Valley. The adage “if you settle in Cowboy country, ya better get on a horse.” holds true.
How does one go from Deep Sea to Cowboy? More out of necessity you could say. We longed for a peaceful environment to heal my beautiful bride, and rear our two young children Lara and Dylan. We were on a pretty tuff ride from an accident involving Nicole (more on that). So when the Xeni Gwet’in first nations Chief asked me to apply for a position with their business development enterprise, inviting us to move to their sacred Valley, the final box was checked. We moved and with the help of some trusted Native Cowboys and friends, the crash course on single handedly running and caring for a horse and hay ranch began.
To all those real Cowboys out there, you have my utmost respect and admiration. For what you do day to day is one of the hardest forms of work and lifestyle on the planet. But also the most grounding and satisfying ways of life one could live. I consider it a honor to be able to participate in this epic journey of maintaining history. Welcome to our story and what we have created thus far…
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