Day 2 of this cow chase season had us moving our bred heifers from the McFarlane pasture in the Glen Ewen River Valley to home, a distance of about 14 miles. We had 60 animals to move and 26 riders. A bit of an extreme ratio, however, at one point, when crossing some railroad tracks, everyone was utilized.
Thanks to several riders there are lots of pictures to share.
The day began very differently due to fog that had settled over the entire area. Those traveling to the ranch needed extra time to get here. Russ thought a risen sun would lift some fog, so instead of a 5:30 departure it was 6:30. Instead of me sending breakfast sandwiches to the truck those who were on site came in for coffee and breakfast. It was quiet but fun.
Gina captured this image. This was a very busy porch for that time of day.
Russ enjoyed the breakfast party and was the first to whip out a camera.
Russ got this picture, me in my “office.”
Patrick was the first to send pictures back from the trail. I was stunned by the incredible color, beauty and depth with the fog still in the background.
Patrick grabbed this moment with Emet and Kenzie working part of the herd.
Patrick got this shot of Jim and his grand-daughter Cassie.
Sharon took this picture of her grand-daughter Teanna. Is it just me or does this picture have an epic feel?
The herd out of the pasture and on the trail, from Sharon’s perspective.
Sharon cares about these teenagers as if they were her own. I wasn’t surprised to get this picture from her
Tenley sent me this picture. That is Kenzie White in front of her. We don’t have competitions like this one much but Russ phoned me to tell me that Kenzie was Cowgirl of the Day. She had impressed the heck out of him. When a problem developed she went to long lengths to see it fixed. Russ was beyond impressed.
This is perhaps the most memorable part of this day. Laurie’s grandson Lennox rode with him on the Bar MW trail for the first time. A very special development.
Russ sent me both these pictures of the Connelly and Elliott duo.
Sharon must have sensed this was pretty special too because she grabbed this image from a very fun perspective.
Sharon shared this picture from the truck.
Russ took a video of the hi-way crossing, I grabbed this still shot from it, there is an RCMP member on foot behind. We really appreciate when they help to ensure safety at times like this.
Sharon took a picture of my cowpoke kids.
Gina took this cool picture of Tenley doing one of her riding tricks. The heifers had arrived at their pasture and Gina and Tenley got to hang back, visit (and do tricks😮) as they rode the mile home.
The neighbors have beautiful Belgian horses. They were very interested in the herd.
However Sharon noted they soon needed to run away from the action.
Gina shared this pic of Moo. Our 6 year old Ox is a big help moving the heifers. At times like this I call him “Uncle Moo.”
Gina grabbed a beautiful shot of the valley.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I was working on a late lunch. Pizza. This is a terrifying menu to prep for 30 people. To make it do-able I had worked on getting shells made and in the freezer in the days before. This sight makes me feel proud of my effort.
Jill grabbed this picture partway thru prep.
And…..the reward! A satisfied group of diners!
Everyone had left by 3:30pm. Gina and Coffee cuddling were so cute from my perspective.
A total gift this weekend. Blueberry tarts made by Linda Powell’s sister Debbie, using wild blueberries picked by David’s pal. Shared with us and so very delicious. This contribution made dessert much easier to provide!
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