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The Perfume
  Not long after the first time he met that rancher's daughter, he again encountered her deep in the backwoods, at the cabin where he was stationed as a backcountry ranger ...

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The Urban Rancher
My Bike
Childhood's Maze
It's Almost Too Late
Little Brother
Floppy-Eared Dog
Only in Estes
Midlife
Death of an Old Friend
Flowers
The Mirror
McGraw Ranch
The Breakfast Ride
The Steak Fry
The Old Cowboy
The Mummy
The Ride
The Character
Our Steeds
The Garden
The Honeymoon Night
The Perfume
The Last Ranch
Patterns
Our Reunion
Where Are You Now?
The Forties
Mortality
Co-Dependents
Make Some Memories
Reflections
The High Country
How Can We Help?
Skybear
One of Those Days
The Vultures
Looking Backwards

I met her one summer, at their ranch in the mountains,
When her Dad packed me back to my place.
I was a back-country Ranger, a "Smokey" I was,
Patrolling the National Park at a rather slow pace.

I'd been told good things about her from a friend,
Whose advice I valued quite high.
So it was with pleasure, as I looked out my door,
And saw her riding a-horseback, drawing nigh.

It'd been raining all day, I was all snug and warm,
As I watched the riders come near.
They were ten miles from home, and wet to the skin,
They were ready for heat, hot chocolate, and cheer.

I bade them come in, and as I stepped aside,
A strange perfume did I smell.
The smell of wet horse is distinctive at best,
As those of you riders know well.

Her hair was all plastered, she was wet to the bone,
A more bedraggled sight I had never seen.
Add in the perfume, and what do you have,
Is at best, a disguised rodeo queen.

But as she dried off, and warmed up a bit,
She cheered up and talked long with me.
And I remembered what that ranger had said,
There was much more to her than one could see.

Twenty five years later, we're still together,
It's been a good life, all in all, of course.
We still laugh together when we think how we met,
Surrounded by the Fragrance ... "Eau de Horse"!

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