New Old Friends

Sit down and get comfortable, I will start off with a bit of backstory.

Somewhere around 2000 or 2001 a friend introduced me via phone and email to some of his friends who wanted an animated logo for their company's demo reel. A reel is a video that demonstrates the work a company has done. It is a visual resume of sorts for those of us that make video and film.

My client on this project was Turtle Ranch. I never met them in person, just talked on the phone and via email.

Turn the page. Last summer we discovered the town of Dubois, WY and here's how it happened:

A year ago we had planned to stay in Jackson, WY but we weren't very excited about it. All the RV site reviews were terrible so we were pretty much looking at a couple days at a crappy park. A first-world problem to be sure. Anyway, we were about 85 miles east to Jackson when we passed what looked like a really nice park snuggled against the river. Then we drove through the tiny town of Dubois, which had an old west feel and felt like a nice place to be. Then, on the way out of town, we drove past a sign for Turtle Ranch.

The universe seemed to be saying, "Stop here!" So we canceled the Jackson RV park and instead stayed in Dubois.

We weren't able to connect with Kate and Robin from Turtle Ranch last summer, but we did rekindle the communication and this year we made arrangements to finally meet in person. It was an incredible visit.

Do you remember the Budweiser "Puppy Love" Superbowl commercial? It features a very cute puppy whose real name is Charlie Francis. She's a bit bigger now!

We also saw a bull that when younger was featured in another Budweiser ad.

We drove around their property some, a beautiful expanse that has been used as a location in a number of films, commercials and more. They also introduced us to a number of their animals which was a real treat for the girls.

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 This is Marty. He is retired now, but he used to appear in Budweiser commercials.

This is Marty. He is retired now, but he used to appear in Budweiser commercials.

 Robin gave us a really special treat, getting 25 horses to line up and stay at attention until released with a whistle.

Robin gave us a really special treat, getting 25 horses to line up and stay at attention until released with a whistle.

 Here we are with Robin.

Here we are with Robin.

 Kate and Robin, our new friends with whom we go way back.

Kate and Robin, our new friends with whom we go way back.

It was such a wonderful afternoon. We can't return soon enough!