Redneck History 

“You might be a redneck if your family history is carved in a tree.” Gary K. Barker, my father. My family has been hunting, picnicking and ranging cattle & sheep where these trees grow for several generations. I was so excited to find the tree my aunt and uncle had carved on so many years before. 2016 marked 30 years since their tragic death. How wonderful to find some of their history still living! I’m not sure why this grove of trees became the spot for many travelers to mark their name on the trail but I’m sure glad it did. This has always been one of my favorite tree tattoos. I am assuming it was created by one of the lone sheep herders who lived in the 8,000 foot mountain area in the summers while tending and protecting his herd. 
We brought my daughter and her husband to this sacred “summer range” last weekend. It was Mason’s first time here. His name is now carved into our family history!
The original homestead cabin is still used and in good repair. I can not begin to image what it would have been like to live in this rugged country with such harsh winters. In order to claim the land, homesteaders had to live on the designated plot for at least 6 months out of the year. As you can see, there is snow on the ground for 9 months!It’s only fitting that we have a few redneck activities when we visit. I’m so very thankful that my new son loves and accepts this crazy family. I hear his family has a bit of redneck history too.

And what would I do without this redneck husband of mine?! I sure love him ❤️ he keeps my life exciting that’s for sure. 

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