I have given a lot of thought to the focus on this year’s Fort Bridger Rendezvous. The medallions and other items that support the rendezvous are centered around those mountain men who took the time to write down their experiences. It is my attempt to honor men like Osborne Russell who took the time to keep journals that provide the written proof that they actually existed and the life we fantasize about today. The thing that impresses me the most of their writings is how matter-of- fact their experiences were. Shooting a buffalo for the evening meal was common. Wading into a winter creek to set a trap was just part of life -doesn’t everyone! As I step back and look at our own lives, I can easily see how our everyday life, which is not interesting today, might be fascinating in a hundred years. It is up to us to create those records today, so that when our life becomes a mystery, we can set the record straight. Stories written are forever told.