From Illinois to California on horseback |

From Illinois to California on horseback

If you go:

What: Presentation by Anne Daughtery

When: 1 p.m. Wednesday and 6:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Hayden Public Library

Cost: Free

— Anne Daughtery has lived and worked in Hayden for more than 15 years.

She grew up in Oswego, Illinois, and over the years, worked her way west.

In the 1980s, she wanted to “try something daring and different — something she had always wanted to do.”

Daughtery set out on horseback with her daughter Elaina, who was 16 at the time, and a friend, who was a photographer. They wanted to cross a broad part of the United States and see what it was like to explore the roads, towns and people in the way that the early pioneers had traveled.

Daughtery chronicled her adventure in many journals and photographs, and she has always wanted to write a book about her travels.

The Hayden Library has invited her to present a slide presentation along with her talk to the community. There will be two presentations, and everyone is welcome to attend. They will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday and at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The Friday program is billed as “Date Night,” and soups, breads and desserts will be offered to everyone who attends.

The newly formed Hayden Friends of the Library group is sponsoring the program.

During Daughtery’s travels, the group rode three horses and carried only what was essential, staying off busy roads and meeting many people along the way who helped them with food, water and even shelter at times. Their goal was to travel from Illinois to California, a journey of about 2,000 miles.

When they reached Oklahoma, very bad winter weather set in, and they were forced off their journey for awhile. A kind rancher invited them to stay at his ranch, and they accepted the offer. Later, setting off again, they made it to Arizona in time to meet up with Western author Louis L’Amour.

The trip lasted from August to April.

Ana Lash is the Hayden Library librarian

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