I was beyond blessed to have spent many days, nights, mornings, with the great Washakie, who recently passed away. Days when he was alone, I was there with him. The highlight of 2022 was him being a band stallion again. The way he protected both Kenai and Klondike is revered. The love and passion they had for him, was noticed and cherished. He once served has a band stallion prior to 2012, and was a bachelor ever since till the summer of 2022. For 21 years, Washakie was not only a legend of the McCullough Peaks, but he showed everyone the true definition of being a warrior and a wild stallion.
Washakie always had friends near by. Whether it was Tecumseh or Chaco, and at times, Hickory, he had a companion. But Washakie also liked his alone time. Finding him way north, just at peace with the peaks around him. I remember a morning checking on him when you decided to be a cattle rancher to some cows that were north. Herding them along. That made me laugh, but he was unique. An evening we spent, both watching the sun go down, and just as I decided to leave, he decided followed me back to my truck, making sure I made it back ok. I could say so much about the beloved legend, but the one thing I can say. He lived the 21 years of his life his way, and he lived them, wild and free!
Rest easy my friend. Your spirit will always and forever live on.