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December 31, 2006

Plains to Pampas '06

Nov. 27 - Dec. 11

Got to go to Brazil and Argentina with the Western Folklife Center and Boojum Expeditions.

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Some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen.

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October 28, 2006

Working in Cottonwood - fall 06

Last month I had to move some cattle down the country into our Smith Canyon pasture, according to the annual operating plan we'd agreed on with the Forest.

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looking down into Smith Canyon

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October 24, 2006


My friend Lorraine Rawls is a singer/songwriter I met at the NCPG in Elko several years ago. For a couple of years Lorraine talked about going to France. I always said sounds great take me with you and she always said ok, I'll find us a gig and I never really thought anything would come of it. Next thing I know she's not only gone over there and lived with a French family for a month while taking a total immersion French course, she's found these French cowboys. They raise bulls for these bloodless bullfights and they are really cool and she's gonna put together an exhibit on them and could I come shoot some video for the exhibit.

We've made 4 trips to France in the last couple of years and this fall I'm trying to edit on that project. That is pretty much what I've been up to when I haven't been out chasing cows. Here's a trailer
for the show.

September 4, 2006

Cascades pack trip with Western Folklife Center

Mid august I got to go on a 4 day pack trip generously donated by John Doran to benefit the Western Folklife Center. Two couples, Gerry & Cynthia Riggs and Monty & Jacque Riggs (good friends but not relatives) bought the trip at last year's silent auction. Charlie Seemann came along to rep for the Folklife Center. What a great time!

The country was really beautiful ... way different scenery than I'm used to in Arizona. Lots of big timber, lush meadows and spectacular views. Water everywhere.

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About Gail Steiger

Gail Steiger
Gail Steiger comes from both a ranching and songwriting background. His grandfather, Gail Gardner, wrote several well-known cowboy songs, including "Tying the Knots in the Devil's Tail" and "The Dude Wrangler", and was named "Poet Lariat" of Arizona. Gail, a cowboy, songwriter, and filmmaker, has been the foreman of the Spider Ranch since 1995. He also works with his brother Lew on various film and tv projects. He's sung songs and told stories at cowboy poetry gatherings in Elko and around the West.


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