The Start of Something New

April 19, 2010

By R.W. Hampton

Welcome to the start of something new.

As with most things new, it’s a humble start. I say that because I’m writing this not from my ranch office, but rather while I’m sitting on an overturned five-gallon bucket in our corral.

Why? Because one of our mares is going to give birth (or “foal,” as we say) at any time! So I’m here, purely in an advisory capacity this evening, to make sure everything goes as nature planned. It seems fitting, though, that while ol’ Molly is working on something new, so am I. And while I have no idea what kind of colt she’ll raise or what it will become, I’m just as unsure what my little “blog” will grow up to be.

It’s kind of exciting every now and then to head up a new trail just to see where it goes. Well, that’s what I’m doing here and I’d consider it an honor if you’d see fit to come along.

I’m gonna call my “baby” Notes From Clearview Ranch. See, my home, Clearview, sits at an elevation of well over 6000 feet. Looking north and west and south, I stand in the shadows of the mesas and snow capped Sangre de Cristo Mountains. To the east, I look out across an endless rolling prairie that I can best describe as an ocean of grass. So this “big” view gives me a unique perspective. Certainly it’s not the only view, but it is my view.

That’s sort of what I want to do with this blog; give you my perspective or view on the everyday things we all deal with in life. It certainly won’t be the only view, and may not be your view, but it will be uniquely mine.

So there you have it. Notes from Clearview Ranch is born today. As for Molly the mare’s baby? I’m still waiting!

8 Responses

  1. Brian Ferriman says:

    Congratulations, R.W.! I’m looking forward to reading what you come up with. I’ve enjoyed your newsletters and your Facebook posts; it’s going to be interesting to see where this blog takes you!

  2. William (Buck) Carter says:

    R.W. I enjoy reading and hearing about you. I’ll be looking forward to your blog and the new album. By the way, I don’t know if you remember me or not, but I was with you at Clark’s Fork, back in ’76. Shortly, I’ll be heading to the Middle East for a year (Army instead of Marines–but we’re all Soldiers.) Congratulations on how far you’ve come. Buck

  3. Scott says:

    Funny the things we do while waiting on animals to birth. Cow watch I braid and take notes on the heifer that we have in TOO soon to calf. This way we dont get her in so soon next year. I sometimes call up Celebrities and try to sell them a truck load of cattle. do you recall this? youe take care RW.

  4. How ’bout the name “Twitter” for the new lil feller. He looks like he’s all
    a’twitter about everything. Anyway, loved the video and hope to see more of your ranch soon.

  5. Born With The Wind And Rain About How Bout’ Storm For A Name?

    Pop & Babe Gould

  6. Barbara Younger says:

    Hello R.W. Hamptom,

    A friend shared the video of your colt and I asked who are the Hamptons and where is this ranch and she shared your music. I love your music! And for the colt, he needs a strong barn name. He is proud. I like the sound of Cajun, maybe you will like it too.

    Take Care.

  7. John S Guillet Jr says:

    I don’t know a lot about naming horses and blood lines and such things. But I like “Cimmaron” for a name for the new colt.

    Happy Trails


    “Never pass on an opportunity to shut up.”

  8. Rick Jones says:

    It was great listening to history and about freedom and liberty in music. Good job!!

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