Castle Valley Comments
April 12, 2018
by Ron Drake
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Many of us have hobbies or interests that we pursue to occupy our spare time and give us a reprieve from the mundane everyday life. Some can be as simple as exploring new vistas in our own community backyard and some require a day’s drive and a sizable investment of time and money. Either way, we find enjoyment and fulfillment from these activities that fill our leisure time.

One of the activities that falls into that hobby category is horse riding and there are several people in the valley who enjoy that pastime. It is a great way to get out and see the surrounding area off the beaten path and ride the many trails around the valley while getting closer to nature.

Two of the people who pursue that hobby in the valley are Jocelyn Buck and Warren Egbert. They have three horses between them and they can be seen riding out to the trails a couple times a week. To learn more about their hobby and be better stewards of their steeds they recently attended the Rocky Mountain Horse Exposition in Denver. It involved three intense days of trade shows with classes, demonstrations, and seminars that started at 7 a.m. and lasted until 7 or 8 p.m. In between there were horse sales and vendors who sold horse trailers, and everything else associated with horses, including an art show. While there they also managed to watch the Gladius acrobatic horse show with chariots and Belgium draft horses. By the end of the weekend Jocelyn said that they suffered from “horse hangover.”

Greg Halliday enjoys his trips “back in time” as he attends several mountain man rendezvous throughout the year. His last rendezvous was over Easter weekend when he traveled to Ogden, where Fort Buena Ventura is located in the Weber River Basin. These large gatherings feature historic reenacting from the 1800 to 1840s era, where trappers sold their fur and bought supplies. The participants dress in period clothing while shooting their flintlock weapons, throw tomahawks and fire primitive archery. Halliday builds his own flintlock rifles, powder horn, “necessary bag” and most everything else that a good mountain man would carry with him.

The fort in Ogden was built by Miles Goodyear on the Weber River in 1845 and was the first Anglo settlement in the Weber River Basin. It is now a county park that is owned by Weber County and Halliday describes it as a nice setting with a lake and museum on the grounds. He set up his 16-foot teepee and hosted his son, daughters, granddaughter, nephew and a host of kids for the events on Saturday. His next rendezvous will be during Memorial Day weekend, where he will travel to Richfield and stay at an old Fremont Indian village, which is now a state park. The largest rendezvous will be later in the summer at Fort Bridger in Wyoming, and his last one will be at Tooele. There are more that he could attend nearby but he said he doesn’t have to time for them all.

Rick Wolcott is another hobbyist who enjoys four-wheeling in the rugged backcountry. “I just like to explore and see new things that you can’t see any other way,” he says. He uses his 1997 Jeep for most of his forays but when he is going to really challenging trails he opts for the Suzuki Samurai, which has little resemblance to the original vehicle. These trips give him the opportunity to photograph some of our amazing backcountry. This past weekend saw him on out seven of the nine days of Jeep Safari as either a trip leader or a member of a trail team. He is passionate about keeping the trails clean and staying on the established trails as a leader during the annual safari event.

Photography is the passion for Bill Rau and Tom Haraden as they seek out pristine locations to capture the perfect image through their lenses. Rau chooses special places for perfect landscape photos like the Cisco desert where he likes to seek out ominous dark clouds and, if he is able to capture lightning with it, all the better. Haraden likes the images of people while engaged in normal everyday life. They both lead the monthly group meetings where others in the community meet to improve their hobby of photography.

Ed Derderian is obsessed with rebuilding vintage travel trailers. Derderian has six trailers that have been either completely restored or are in various stages of restoration. His interest is primarily in the vintage Airstream-like aluminum riveted trailers and he has two of them that are currently show-ready. His newest trailer is a 1965 26-foot Boles Aero and his oldest is a rare 1946 Curtis Wright trailer that was only manufactured one year. He and Annie attend vintage trailer rallies throughout the year.

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