#TBT: National Puppy Day

Come to find out, today is National Puppy Day… so today’s #tbt?????

Lucas as a pup, 2006!


Wordless Wednesday – “Natural Fence”

Red Canyon
previewNatural Fence View Puzzle



One thing about the side by side… when a calf needs to return to its momma… It works perfectly!

Caught, hobbled with bungee cords, and whisked back 1.5 miles… with Lucas kicked into the front seat!

calfI drove around, looking for mom.  Sure enough, on the far side of the field, trudging up a STEEP bank (one I wouldn’t even WALK down), here came mom.  Giving a pitiful imitation of a calf’s meehhhhh, I convinced her to stop while I released her baby.

reunitedThirty seconds later, they’re together again… Reunited!  Supper quickly followed…

New Pasture

I’m having a rough time with my internet at night, connecting, not connected, saving, re-establishing connection… so I’m blogging in the morning, hence, the late posting time!

Yesterday, the guys decided to move one cow herd out to another pasture… so I, of course, volunteered to assist.  We decided to try it with four wheelers instead of on horseback… and, it actually went fairly well, especially since we didn’t do this last  year, so many of the cows hadn’t done it before.  Thankfully, old cows got out in front and led the way!


Some calves need encouragement to cross irrigation ditches…

ditchTuff gets an obstinate cow off the hillside.

TuffConference time… (I have ones like this on horseback from years past!) (Another post you might like: Herding Cats)

conferenceHerding cats uphill…

herding catsActually, it went quite well… oh, there were a few that needed to be straightened up…

calf cartBut mommas were quickly found and everyone was happy…


Hike Day

We all had spring fever today!

Johnny drove out into the badlands, so did Vernon… different ways!  Brandon moved dirt for his big project.  Daniel and a friend went horn hunting.  The girls and kids and I went for a hike.

ghrebedeauxJaxon found the name on the rock immediately! (G.H. Rebedeaux 1909)

cliff creepingA little cliff creeping…

cliffgirlsThe girls take a much needed break after packing their daughters most of the way on this hike!

littlesOur destination achieved!  Note the elk tracks across the hillside… we never saw them, but I’m pretty sure they heard us!

boysThe boys and I took a little side trip to the hidden spring. I made them pose here, telling them someday they could come back and do the same pose to see how they’ve grown… and, never big, the spring is barely a seep back in the shadows!

All in all, a very fun and relaxing day!