From the author of Soul Deep in Horses: Memoir of an Equestrian Vagabond and the AHP-award-winning Tevis Cup Magic: Taking on the World’s Toughest 100 Mile Endurance Ride comes a collection of essays that take place in the present-day Wild West: southwest Idaho.
In these keenly perceptive, and often humorous lyrical word portraits of nature, animals, local history, and horse rides and hiking adventures in the Owyhee country, Merri Melde gives readers a look at four seasons of a unique outdoor life. Melde’s photos, which accompany each essay, also give readers a visual glimpse of the area.
Enthusiastic about her new work, Melde explains, “I’m lucky to live an outdoor life that always puts me close to nature. It’s taught me to always keep my eyes and ears open, and to appreciate the power and beauty and awesomeness of my environment and the world around me. And to be able to share many of these moments with horses makes them all that more compelling.
“My stories come from my blog, The Equestrian Vagabond, that I’ve written for more than a decade. I was inspired – both to learn to really become a part of nature and interact with it, and to put this book together – by one of my favorite nature authors, Craig Childs.”
From facing wild thunderstorms, flash flood and wildfire, to horseback riding on cattle drives, among wild horses, along trails of old gold miners, and through a biblical swarm of Mormon crickets, to startling and entertaining encounters with cows, birds, rattlesnakes, and cougars, Melde’s remarkable observations and experiences reveal a life in the West that isn’t that far removed from life as it was 150 years ago.
“In case you’re wondering, it’s the southwest corner of Idaho I’m talking about. It’s nearly 7700 square miles of high desert sagebrush, rabbit brush, the Owyhee mountains, pronghorns, deer, cows, and a few herds of wild horses.
If you’re charmed by the ways of the Old West, it’s easy, when you’re out riding a horse or hiking, to imagine you’re still part of that time period. Squint your eyes into the sunlight, and you’ll see the dust from the old cowboys chasing the cows or rounding up the broomtail horses.
Life in Owyhee means a life steeped in Western lore, Wild West adventures, horses, Ravens, and nature. It means beauty in every corner, under every rock, in every storm, spring, summer, fall, and winter.”
Tales From The West: Four Seasons in the Owyhee Country is available on Amazon as an e-book at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0838Z7C5Q
A soft-cover option will be available in the new year.
Merri Melde is a freelance photographer, writer and author based in Idaho. You can see more of her work at www.TheEquestrianVagabond.com and view more of her published books and e-books on her Amazon author page.
Contact: Merri Melde