Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Our Horizon

A view of Bear Buttes from the ranch. I am told they were named thus because of the grizzlies that once roamed here.
Do we not continually pass by blessings innumerable without notice, and instead fix our eyes on what we feel to be our trials and our losses, and think and talk about these until our whole horizon is filled with them, and we almost begin to think we have no blessings at all?

-Hannah Whitall Smith


  1. Gorgeous. We're blessed with our mountains so I know how blessed you are.

    At first I read it as "Bear Butts."


  2. Randy's Little HelperJanuary 7, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    Bear Buttes is an igneous (volcanic based) rock protrusion through Southern Humboldt's primarily sedimentatry and metamorphic geology. I have heard grizzlies did occupy the buttes and this area long ago as well as wild goats. Also through the stories, Gil's brother got to the top of the western end of the Buttes with a dozer many years ago. The buttes are situated perpendicular to the prevailing north winds creating windswept trees and constant buffetting winds. Generations ago there was a unusual cold storm leaving snow on the Buttes in July.
    Access is restricted as the Buttes and surrounding ownerships are private.

  3. I think you have some of the most beautiful country in your backyard! I am confinced of it. Simply stunnign. I would love to go ride there!!

  4. Bear Buttes are named as such due to an incident that occurred there in 1850, I believe. After discovering Humboldt Bay by land, the expedition headed south toward SF to share the news. Apparently one of the leaders [LK Wood] was seriously mauled by 2 grizzlies on or by those buttes.

  5. Randy's Little Helper is smart! I enjoyed that comment.

    So you're sticking to your limited posting idea, huh? Just noticing. ;)

    Love ya and that beautiful country of yours.

  6. we love hearing the historical accounts. Thanks so much.BTW Dan, mark and his brothers liked calling them bear butts too.

  7. They are lovely! You are living in a postcard, many of us out here envy you, ya know! ;)


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