Monday, June 21, 2010

Sunday Evening Softball is Back

The tradition of Baker softball on Sunday summer evenings has been revived. The softball is open to all ages and abilities.

It's a great excuse to enjoy the beautiful evenings and get some exercise. The field provides some extra agility challenges.

We had a good spectator section. Behind them we set up t-ball for the little kids, and they had great fun hitting the ball into the rabbitbrush.

Harvester ants even can have a closeup view of the action (see the anthill on the left side of the photo?). We noticed quite a bit of improvement just over the course of the evening. By the end of the summer I think we'll all have improved quite a bit. We just need to find someone to compete against. Anyone in North Snake Valley want to get some people together to play?

One of the side attractions is the beautiful light on the mountains.

The little kids also enjoyed swinging on the tire swings.

Ah, this is the life! Everyone is welcome to come play or spectate. See you there next Sunday at 6 pm at the field just south of town.

Friday, June 18, 2010

150th Anniversary of the Pony Express

Last weekend Don and Beth Anderson hosted a most excellent party up in Callao to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Pony Express. The Pony Express operated from 19 months 1860 to 1861 to deliver the U.S. mail from Missouri to California by way of horseback across the rough frontier country before railroads or telegraphs crossed it.

They own the Willow Springs Pony Express Station, the last surviving station. The stone Pony Express monument stands at the entrance to their ranch.

Several local riders helped bring the mail to the station, carrying it in a leather mochila. A caravan of people and horses followed to watch the mail retracing its historic hoofbeats. Despite some cool and rainy weather, the turnout was great, and many people planned to spend the night at Callao, more than doubling its population.

A variety of activities took place, including an auto show, fireworks, hamburger dinners, singing, dancing, and meeting new people. It was a great celebration.

The next morning dawned cool and cloudy, perfect for taking the mail even further east. The Pony Express trail through Snake Valley, and all the people who keep those memories alive, are one more thing I love about the area.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

150th Anniversary of Pony Express

You are Invited

to the 150th Anniversary of the Pony Express Re-Ride
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Willow Springs Ranch
Callao, Utah

Another mark in history, and we get to be a part of it! If all goes as planned, the mail will be in Ibapah at 5:00 p.m. We will bring the mail in around 8:00 p.m. We want to celebrate this in a grand way. Come and enjoy...

Antique car show/Genuine Tee Pee's
Slide show/Road show/Stories around 4:30 p.m.
Tours of the Station/Kids games
Food available for purchase
Square Dance or just do a jig to the live sounds of the Buckle Buster
Fun and Visiting

Donations being accepted to pay for band, fireworks, and sound system, etc...
Please RSVP by June 4th, 2010
Don and Beth Anderson 435-693-3136 or
wsrancher @ or bethbanderson @

The menu:
PB&J with milk: $3
Hot dog plate: $10
Hamburger plate: $10
Vegiburger plate: $10

All plates include pasta salad, chips, choice of African peanut soup (vegetarian) or beef stew, and a drink.

Please respond to Bagleyandersonfundraiser @ and let me know what you would like to order so I can plan on how much food to bring.