We don’t often get away from here these days for a variety of reasons. Recently over spring break we took a three-day break and drove to Taos.
For at least 27 years I have had a picture of this old schoolhouse in my mind, and have driven past it countless times without trying to photograph it. Finally made myself stop and try. This isn’t the picture I had in mind but I do find the texture of the grass and the walls interesting.
Taos was still Taos, with a couple of interesting restaurants. A highlight was a run along the Rio Grande Gorge.
Back at home, we learned “Haulin’ Ass,” a film by Trevor Velin, won the Golden Badger Award at the Wisconsin Film Festival. The film features Wisconsin resident and friend Roger Pedretti, Buena Vista resident Curtis Imrie, and yours truly.
Over my years in pack-burro racing I’ve had the occasional good fortune to be the person someone with a video camera wanted to interview after a race. Sometimes it was local TV media, sometimes major national networks like the Outdoor Life Channel, and sometimes it was independent filmmakers. No matter how dead-tired or brain-dead I was I always did my best to make time for the person behind the camera after the race. I did so because I knew that sooner or later someone would see this sport for what it is and capture the true spirit of pack-burro racing in a video that would appeal to a mainstream audience. That person turned out to be Trevor Velin. I am thrilled for Trevor’s achievement with “Haulin’ Ass” at the Wisconsin Film Festival. I really believe this is just the beginning of Trevor’s success with this film. Congratulations to all involved with the film!