The McIntyre party reunited at their new headquarters-campsite just west of Murdo and north of the White River. The camp was obscured from all sides by trees and was invisible from casual observation short of passing through the trees and brush surrounding it. There was a fresh water stream flowing nearby—most helpful for the daily consumption of coffee and keeping the brown ale cool.
Having sentient canines in their band proved essential, the dogs were quite happy to provide security for the camp by serving as sentries—sentries whose vision, hearing and olfactory senses were not easily fooled.
And so they settled in—and waited.
Season VI, Chapter 4 Predators and Victims, Episode 14:
They began to make improvements in “Camp Coldwater” as they had named this place.
Not only did they have a small keg of brown ale (cooling in the stream), Susan had obtained a passable bottle of red wine in one of the larger towns they’d passed through while still in Minnesota—THAT bottle they were saving for mission’s end.
Boomer & Larry began assembling a stone cook-stove from rocks and red clay found near the river—one must keep civilization alive somehow.
A “mess-hall tent” had been set-up, no sense eating in the rain (even though it hadn’t rained since they’d been in Dakota Territory—but they were prepared).
Mac knew they couldn’t stay hidden for very long, so he detailed Boomer and Sarah to go into Murdo and make a claim on their plot of land by the stream. He hoped the land was unclaimed, but if it was they were to find an unclaimed parcel and they’d move their camp.
“Abe has been looking over the ranch hands who worked for Pinchpenny,” McLintock was smiling, “He thinks we can keep them all. That brings us to forty ranch hands.”
“You think we can trust all of them?” Kidd was skeptical.
“No, not completely. They are expendable—and we need expendable people. Of the forty, half are men I would trust to follow our lead completely. The others? As I said, expendable.”
To Be Continued…