Dawn Wink: Dewdrops

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Buffalo Roundup 2016

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Dad, Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup ©Sherry Bunting

Imagine–Buffalo stream over hills and through gullies like water, whoops of the riders float through the air as they gather the herd.

Every year, Custer State Park in South Dakota hosts a buffalo roundup to ensure the health of the herd. For the past several years, Dad and Mom have ridden in the roundup. Each gather has presented its own set of adventures, including Dad’s pickup spontaneously bursting into flames as he hauled the horses to Custer.  This year, the pickup made it without flames, Mom decided not to ride, so she could enjoy the whole, and Dad was asked to carry the South Dakota state flag.

Thank you to Sherry Bunting for these gorgeous photos!

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Dean and Joan Wink ©Sherry Bunting

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Dad and Mom, Custer State Park, 2016 ©Sherry Bunting

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Buffalo ©Sherry Bunting

A video of the roundup. (Turn up the volume.)

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Dad ©Sherry Bunting

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Buffalo Roundup ©Sherry Bunting

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Dad carrying South Dakota flag. ©Sherry Bunting

And into the corral.

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Daddy with calf. ©Sherry Bunting

Daddy with calf. @ Sherry Bunting

A few years ago, I wrote a piece titled When Your Dad’s a Cowboy about my dad and what life is like when your dad is a cowboy. This came about after one of Dad’s horse wrecks that landed him in the hospital. I wrote then:

When your dad’s a cowboy, you think he’s invincible.

Seeing Dad in such pain led me to the previously undiscovered wonders of straight tequila and cigarettes. At one point after a long day of painful tests for him, he was getting an MRI and for the umpteenth time that day I thought I was going to pass out. I lay down on the cool tile floor right there in the office, cheek to the tile, bum in the air.

“The doctor saw me and said, “Um, ma’am? Would you mind waiting somewhere else, please?” No problem. I crawled out of the office and into the arms of José Cuervo and the Marlboro Man. When your dad’s a cowboy, I recommend them for fainting spells in the hospital.”

With Dad, Cascabel Land & Cattle Company, AZ, 1978

With Dad, Cascabel Land & Cattle Co, AZ, 1978

… A separated pelvic bone, shattered wrist, internal bleeding—and, one week later, Dad was released from the hospital. His first day home, the yearling fillies got out of the corral. Dad was out there shuffling long with his rolling walker, trying to bring them back in, with Mom carrying his catheter bag.

Is it any wonder my heroes have always been cowboys?

And they still are.

Cascabel Ranch, 1977

Cascabel Ranch, 1977

 

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Author: Dawn Wink

Dawn Wink is a writer and educator whose work explores the beauty and tensions of language, culture, and place.

11 thoughts on “Buffalo Roundup 2016

  1. Hi,
    As always love your posts and writing. The links to other writings were great. Your Dad is quite a guy. Can’t imagine riding so close to buffalo. How’s your next book coming along?
    Tracie

  2. Fantastic photos! I love Custer State Park, always have, always will.

    Judy Hetager Litsey
    Boulder, Colorado

  3. Winkie, Oh, I love these photos!! Especially the Cascabel ones…I so remember you at that age. Those R&R trips Jean and I took..and the wonderful Wink hospitality!! And Jean will be 40 Oct. 19th…where do the years go?

    Love you, “Nancy Yates”

    On Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 6:04 PM, Dawn Wink: Dewdrops wrote:

    > Dawn Wink posted: ” Imagine–Buffalo stream over hills and through > gullies like water, whoops of the riders float through the air as they > gather the herd. Every year, Custer State Park in South Dakota hosts a > buffalo roundup to ensure the health of the herd.” >

  4. Lucky you! Daddy being a cowboy! Greetings from Guatemala City. XOXO

  5. Great pictures of your Mom and Dad…….
    No doubt you are a proud daughter of such great parents!
    Growing up in Moville, Iowa was an experience that has stayed with us a lifetime!
    DLH

  6. WOW, high adventure, you’re dad’s a man’s man! Your mom is beautiful. Big hugs, Dan

  7. Wonderful!

    On Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 5:04 PM, Dawn Wink: Dewdrops wrote:

    > Dawn Wink posted: ” Imagine–Buffalo stream over hills and through > gullies like water, whoops of the riders float through the air as they > gather the herd. Every year, Custer State Park in South Dakota hosts a > buffalo roundup to ensure the health of the herd.” >

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