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Dakotah Drives

Dakotah - The Trail Ends

Charles Edwards

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Sep/27/Dakotah_2.jpg I met Ron “Dakotah” McGilvery November 28, 2008. It was the Friday after Thanksgiving and I was on my way to an appointment to visit a new client; however, upon seeing his red, three horse-drawn Conestoga wagon pulling up a highway off ramp near my Eureka, California home, I ...

Dakotah - The Long Year

Charles Edwards

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/May/01/Dakotah_on_the_move_myspace.jpg (Photo by Jennifer Edwards) “Wherever I go, there I am”. After four months in Oregon and eight months in California, I am finally back where I was one year ago; almost to the day” said Dakotah as we spoke on the phone this evening. Within the last fourteen days, ...

Dakotah - Easter on the Trail

Charles Edwards

!http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Apr/12/Easter_Sunrise_-_2009_III.JPG (Photo by Chuck Edwards) Susanville, California is, by any stretch of the imagination, a small high-desert town in the northeast corner of California. Aside from a few notable people in the Ultimate Fighting Championship league and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) community (Frank and Ken Shamrock), Susanville’s only other claims ...

Dakotah Drives - The Sun Sets

Charles Edwards

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Mar/29/Dakotah_into_the_sun.JPG (Photo by Jennifer Edwards) From the satellite view provided by Google-Earth, Red Bluff, California, is surrounded by mountain ranges that make this little central-California town seem like a pin on the green of par-six eighteen hole golf course. Today, the wind was formidable and the clouds, perched high in ...

Dakotah - The Times

Charles Edwards

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Mar/09/aea71f.jpg (http://i33.tinypic.com/aea71f.jpg) In terms of how ‘things’ have been, our lives either have, or soon will be, changed forever. We had a pretty good run with it but, to quote lyrics that just became the theme song for our present generation, “the times they are a changing”. To be painfully ...

Bob Skelding & Dakotah - The Power of the Wagon

Charles Edwards

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Mar/02/Kansas_Neighborhood.jpg (http://media.kansascity.com) Whenever someone says the word “neighborhood” I go to an idyllic scene in my head that resembles something out of a Norman Rockwell painting. A place not too unlike where I grew up in southern Ohio as a boy of the 1960’s. Being an uncommon ‘latchkey’ kid with ...

Dakotah - Bumps in the road

Charles Edwards

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Feb/20/california-state-seal.jpgThe California Vehicle code is a mighty work. It contains thousands of laws governing the operation of seemingly every possible conveyance, and in as many pages. I was not surprised to learn that the law actually permits those who travel by horse, or drive a team of horses from the ...

Bob Skelding - Update

Charles Edwards

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Feb/18/Bob_at_pose.jpgwww.wagonteamster.comI spoke with the Mississippi Highway Patrol yesterday regarding the official cause of the accident between the T.K. Stanley Company tanker and the horse-drawn wagon driven by Bob Skelding.MHP Trooper, Walton, stated their finding was “Failure to yield on the part of the T.K. Stanley truck and no apparent improper ...

Bob Skelding - The Healing Begins

Charles Edwards

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Feb/14/mississippi_map.jpgIt is not unlike folks to characterize the actions of the citizens of Kemper and Noxubee County, Mississippi as angels, in the aftermath of the collision that injured Bob Skelding and killed two of his four Percheron horses. But, after talking to several people who were at the scene, seconds ...

Bob Skelding - Two Worlds Collide

Charles Edwards

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Feb/12/Bob_By_Wagon_Ready_4_Walls.jpgwww.wagonteamster.comWagon teamster, Ron Dakotah, once told me, after I asked him about the perils of traveling by horse-drawn wagon on modern roads, “…I don’t have time to worry about what is coming from behind me, I’ve got my hands full looking at what is ahead of me…”When I told Dakotah ...

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