• The book begins with Gretel awakening from a nap in the desert.
• She had been sleeping curled against the sagebrush as her dogs had taught her.
• Gretel was on a five day trip through the badlands of Wyoming, herding sheep.
• Winter in Wyoming was very harsh and could last as long as six months.
• The temperatures during winter would sometimes get as low as 40 degrees below zero.
• When Gretel lived in Wyoming there were only 470,000 people in the state.
• Taking a trip to visit another ranch could take as much as 2-3 hours.
• One rancher that Gretel knew had ranch land spreading across two states.
• Ranchers enjoyed visiting each other to keep from going stir crazy with loneliness.
• Gretel quickly dismissed the typical stereotypes of cowboys.
• She saw them as strong silent men with hard work ethics.
• Many ranchers only kept going in their work because...
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