Mark Dow: Journal Entry 17

During our visit with the folks at the Atomic City Bar and Store, we were fortunate to meet up with Mark Dow. He owns a place between Atomic City and Blackfoot. He invited us to stay the night with him on this part of the trip. So after a breakfast of camp cooked potatoes and a cheese, Baco’s and tomato omelet, I drive Bill and Blackie back up to the stopping point of the day before. At least there is a good cloud cover today. That always makes the day go better. On a journey like this the hot sun can be one of your worst enemies. It causes the horse to slow way down and makes everyone else irritable. The worst part is when you don’t have the opportunity to shower for a couple of days.

When we get to Mark’s he has left the door open for us so that we can go in and use the shower. What a wonderful thing to do. He must know that to us, the things most folks take for granted every day, are a complete luxury. When he arrives home, we find that we are to have T-Bone steak for dinner too! It has been a while since we had our last good home cooked meal. I even get to sit down and watch a show on TV. After dinner, Bill, Dallas and Mark sit outside and talk for a while. I am under strict orders not to fool with the dishes. As I relax in the comfort of this nice home I begin to get very sleepy. Before I go to bed, Mark points out the beautiful sunset and suggests that I take some photos. This has got to be one of the prettiest sunsets I have seen in a long time. After taking those photos, I leave the socializing to the guys and turn in early.

Mark, thank you for your kindness. May God bless you in all that you do.