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Brad Nelson

In Tales of a Hay Hauler, Brad Nelson shares his unique perspective of the forage industry through his hay-hauling experiences, skillfully woven through storytelling and humor.

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Little America, Wyoming, is a unique truck stop/tourist haven on I-80 west of Rock Springs. It’s aged. First time I was there in the 1970s, it was huge and spectacular. By today’s standards, it’s only a moderately sized freeway oasis. The wind always blows, and the softy ice cream machine is always running.

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Farm kids and town kids can be light years apart, even when those town kids are from small rural communities.

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Favorable winds are always desirable. We had two high school graduations to show up for this year. They were three days and 2,000 miles apart. Driving expenses were less than half the cost of airline tickets, so I used that as the excuse to drive.

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Just the other day I joined a “jumper cable” party that had been underway for some time before I arrived on the scene. Two little cars were parked with the front fenders almost touching, and both hoods were open. Jumper cables ran from one car to the other.

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I fear that some of the freedoms we enjoy in America are all too often taken for granted. Unless we spend more than the required time in school reviewing our country’s history, we may not have a good handle on the cost that was paid to ensure that we and our children and grandchildren continue to have these freedoms.

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Survival skills can be just so much bluster and bluff. Survival history is a completely different beast – heavy on the “beast.”

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