Today I'm on my way to Elko, Nevada to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, staged by The Western Folklife Center, which "is dedicated to exploring, presenting and preserving the diverse and dynamic cultural heritage of the American West."
This is my second time going to the event, and this year's theme is "Expressing the Rural West--Into the Future!" I'm particularly interested because Pat, Sharon and Meghan O'Toole from the Ladder Ranch will be speaking in several workshops. And since they are part of the documentary, this seemed like an opportune time to capture their thoughts on film.
Beyond that, there are 50 cowboy poets and musicians performing over the next few days, so it should be a great opportunity to meet people who might contribute their talents to the documentary. It should be a fun and productive few days.
Of course, whenever I travel, I'm always on the lookout for great visuals. Here a a couple from along I-80 between Salt Lake City and Elko.