March 23, 2007

Ucross #7 - excursion to neighboring metropolis #1

As promised, I will now report on our big excursion into Buffalo last night. There are eight residents here at Ucross at any one time, and the current mix is two painters, one writer, four dancers, and don't forget the one composer. It is a great group, and I was able to (easily) convince all but one to join me at the Occidental Saloon. We hopped in two cars and headed west on Route 16 for 20 minutes into Buffalo. Turns out that the deer come out at night to graze along the edges of the highway, and sometimes they wander into the middle of the road. I think I gave my passenger seat companion a heart attack when we had to slow from 65 to almost a stop to avoid hitting one. I don't even think it looked up...

The Occidental Saloon was not quite as packed as I had hoped, and the music was dramatically less good than I had hoped, but the atmosphere was great, and my friend, the proprietress, was her usual ebullient self which was entertaining. We got some dirt on the seven-year-old girl ghost who lives upstairs, and checked out the old, yet newly restored, wing of the hotel which was completely amazing...original furniture and everything. The bordello was apparently in operation until the mid-seventies.

           

     

It was great to leave the ranch and experience a bit more local flavor as well as get to know the other residents better. It's a good group. And it was pretty funny how glaringly we stood out in the saloon. I think we would have looked different anyway, but our accents and the fact that I was taking a bunch of pictures left no doubt in anyone's mind. But I never felt that being from out of town was anything negative to the locals. I'm sure they get roving tribes of Ucross residents all the time...

Posted by halsey at March 23, 2007 04:38 PM