Sunday, August 2, 2015

Trucking Cows for a Day

I've never been one to love the life of a trucker, not to mention be married to one. The long days if driving and being away from home just don't appeal to me. I love a good vacation, but a slow noisy semi truck is no vacation.

But on occasion, I do LOVE to tag along with The Rancher to haul cows. We have a semi and bull wagon for our personal use mostly. But we do hire out for custom cattle hauling when called upon. It's not a lot, just enough for us to make a little income to keep the semi maintained. My favorite drive is hauling cows up and down Logan Canyon. We start it good ol' Park Valley- dry deserty area with only sage brush to call trees. Then cross down into the beautiful Cache Valley to drop off our load. The trees and water and mountains and cliffs and flowers are breathtaking! The lush green in the summer turns to vivid orange and yellows in the fall. I'm almost salivating just reminiscing of it's beauty. 

We just dropped off our first load of cows  of many loads to come. I'll admit it was a long day, but still great. This momma had to get up at 4:30 am to get all the snacks and clothes and you tractors necessary for a small ranch family to play in a semi all day. It got to be an even longer day when the ranch wasn't quite ready to load up as we got there. They were still vaccinating calves which meant lots of sorts and moving groups of cows around... I could have slept in my on bed another two hours if we had only known! But I did get some much needed paper work done while we waited do I can't complain too much. 

I have to laugh a little st what it takes to get into the area where we dump the cows out. The turn off is so tight thst we have to go up passed it and turn around ;which involves crossing the highway blocking traffic, to only stop part way across the highway to back up so we can sneak by the skin of our teeth to get all turned around. I held my breath but apparently to The Rancher it was no big deal.) to make it in. It's actually at s camping/ hiking parking area that they have to close off so they can get in and out. It's so small if an area that only two semis can be in there at a tune, so you can guess how a bunch of extra cars in the way would really foul things up.  Once they actually hooked up a truck and horse trailer to a parked truck to take it out of the way. I doubt that hiker was very pleased to come back to see his truck NOT where he left it.

Still, all good and fun. We drove, we enjoyed the sites and I stole just a minute for some photos (it really was just a minute because between the time for my potty break and diaper duty, it's all I had before we were unloaded and on the road again.)!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

First of TP&B

Summer time means play time!  At least some of the time.  A side job we have to raise and provide heifers for sorting and roping events.  We have several throughout the summer- some with fairs, others with the Team Penning and Branding Association.  The best part about taking them out there is that we get to join in the fun.

There are always a handful of regulars that go to these things.  You have your older generations that are still trying to live the dream and the hobby cowboys that don't do it full time but jump in where they can on the weekends. At the end of the day, the cowboys that eat, sleep, and dream EVERYTHING cowboy come out for the roping.  I love watching those cowboys and horses that know what they are doing.  They move effortlessly.  They don't make a lot of noise and don't draw a lot of attention.  They move together with their horses, already knowing what to do.

It was a party for the Eliason family in Blackfoot for the first TP&B.  Everyone came down to do a little cowboying and enjoy the company.  This is the kind of fun our family has on a day off!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

2U Branding... Doing it Carter Style

I love branding season!  I love to help, I love to take pictures, I love the company, I love the food... I love it all!  When we ran out of branding days for our ranch and the association, I invited myself down the road to our friend's branding.

The Carters have a small herd that they run mostly because they love the life.  They have other work but at the end of the day they always come back to ranching.  Its important to them to raise their 4 boys learning how to work and connecting with the heritage that runs deep in this valley.

Its been great to become better friends with this family.  The Rancher went to high with Cowboy Cody Carter and has some great (maybe not entirely always appropriate) memories with him.  They have moved on from high school rodeo to real ranch cowboys, making a living to provide with their families.

.... That all sounds kinda mushy... Maybe it is when you think about it, but really its awesome and fun.  And that is exactly the kind of day we had out with the Carter crew to their branding.  They had cowboys that could rope and... some that weren't so great.  They had cowboys that didn't hardly say a word and others that didn't ever stop (seriously, the guy never closed his mouth- the proof is in the pictures!).  There were a few injuries throughout the day but all in all, a successful day branding!