National Geographic : 1973 Oct
it sure doesn't take a person long to figure out there are easier jobs. But it's a way of life that can't be matched. Just simple, basic values, I guess. There's satisfaction to be found in the independence of a cowboy. Liv ing in fine country and doing a job well with a good horse and maybe a dog. There's a lot of pride in that." I asked Hank Scobee, a cow-crew foreman on the north end of Padlock, why ranch work appeals to him. "Well, hell," he said, as if I should know, "there's always a variety of things to do. A man might go out one day and rope a calf, or maybe doctor a sick cow. Or he might be throw'd from his horse. He rides five, six horses, and each one's a little dif ferent. That's the spice of life. That's better than knowin' what you're gonna do each day and then comin' home to have a beer and watch television. I wouldn't like that." Before leaving the Padlock, I stopped to say good-bye to Jack Cooper and his family at their place 20 miles off the main road. In the summer he and his dog and his horse take 497 1 "