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Our ace-number-one camptender, Pepe, has gone to Peru for a family visit, and maybe even a tour of Europe with his sister, who is a doctor in Italy. That means that Meghan is now the number one camptender, with me filling in as number two. Luckily, we also have some backups.

Maeve and Rhen helping with the water barrel

Maeve and Rhen helping with the water barrel

Maeve and Barbie on the truck

Maeve and Barbie on the truck

Rhen and Maeve

Rhen and Maeve

Maeve and Jaime unloading the truck

Maeve and Jaime unloading the truck

Siobhan siphoning water for Avencio

Siobhan siphoning water for Avencio

Seamus holding the hose for the water barrel

Seamus holding the hose for the water barrel

ewes on Bridger Peak

ewes on Bridger Peak

sheep on Victoria meadow

sheep on Victoria meadow

Maeve on the run

Maeve on the run on the Fireline Stock Driveway

 

There’s a story about the Fireline Stock Driveway. I don’t know if it’s true. The Forest Service had hired a crew to cut the Driveway, which served the dual purpose of cutting a line for fire fighting purposes, and providing a route for the many thousands of sheep trailing from the Red Desert and Great Basin to the summer grazing around Hahn’s Peak and Rabbit Ears. The word came down that the logging crew was doing some illegal logging on the side, so they hired my grandfather to investigate. The next word was that he had gone to work on the logging crew for good wages. As I said, I don’t know if it’s true.

 

 
 

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4-H is Evil and Bad for Kids

Ladder Ranch:

It’s not often that I repost, but as another person whose life was “ruined” by 4-H, I urge you to follow the link above.

Originally posted on country nights, city lights:

Recently, CNN shared this link. The gist of the article is that children who are involved in 4-H are desensitized to the killing of animals, without much other educational value. Apparently, 4-H is a scourge upon the Earth and a source of concern for urbanites who have a conditional dislike for food. (Of course, those who support 4-H would say that it prepares children for the important, and sometimes unpleasant, task of producing food for the other 98% of the population. But hey, what do they know?)

These rabbits were part of my 4-H project. Innocent learning experience, or pathway to barbaric beliefs?

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Posted by on September 12, 2014 in Events

 

First Frost

We woke up this morning to the hard frost.

We woke up this morning to the hard frost.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Events

 

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Snake River Community Barbeque and Fun Day

Has anyone else noticed the prevalence of “Fun Day” to describe gatherings in our community–and it’s true. We in the Little Snake River Valley really know how to have fun! Right after Labor Day, we have an end-of-summer, about to plunge-into-fall-work, guess-it-will-be snowing-soon celebration. This year the Community Barbeque included a barbeque (go figure), bouncy big toys for the kids and some grown-ups, live music, an arts and crafts display, and, of course, The Mostly Peruvian Soccer Tournament. One of our neighbors donates the use of his hayfield, next to the museum, as a soccer venue. Most years, the hay is put up, and the stubble is a little stiff. This year, due to generous (some might say overabundant) rains, the field featured somewhat soggy windrows, some of which had been raked aside to allow for clear soccer fields. This year, eleven teams played. A few were turned away, after being deemed to be too far afield and too semi-pro to participate. This gives you an idea of how many Peruvians are employed in agriculture in our area and surrounding communities. This is a day that the players look forward to all year. Even though several of our sheepherders left their flocks for the day to play for our team, the Osos de Ladder Ranch, alas,  our guys did not prevail. Still, a good time was had by all–truly Fun Days!

Peruvian soccer game in the hayfield next to the Little Snake River Museaum

Peruvian soccer game in the hayfield next to the Little Snake River Museum

Sundog, entertaining the crowd

Sundog, entertaining the crowd

A fabulous quilt by Aggie Stocks on display.

A fabulous quilt by Aggie Stocks on display.

Rainbow over the swingset and museum

Rainbow over the swingset and museum

Oso Antonio with Rhen

Oso Antonio with Rhen

Kids in line for the bouncy toy, with their shoes off

Kids in line for the bouncy toy, with their shoes off

Eamon on the bungee pull, with Brenden

Eamon on the bungee pull, with Brenden

Museum Director Leila Emmons with McCoy , Tiarnan, and the garden planted with the kids on Pioneer Day

Museum Director Leila Emmons with McCoy , Tiarnan, and the garden planted with the kids on Pioneer Day

Sally Martinez supervises the roasting of the lamb, beef and pork

Sally Martinez supervises the roasting of the lamb, beef and pork

Peruvain soccer players check out the Strobridge House

Peruvain soccer players check out the Strobridge House

Rhen at the top of the slide which has terrified generations of children

Rhen at the top of the slide which has terrified generations of children

Museum scarecrow

Museum scarecrow

Tiarnan and Siobhan under the sunflowers

Tiarnan and Siobhan under the sunflowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sheep Camp Days

I always say that I never go to sheep camp when I don’t learn something I need to know. Our Ace Number One camptender, Pepe, is soon returning to Peru for a family reunion, so that means that Meghan and I will soon be knowing a lot as we become the full-time camp-tenders. Luckily we now have a ranch cook (who is trying to fatten us all up) so we can change jobs. Here are some photos from Jaime and Apolinario’s camps on the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests.

Daisy, her colt Vickie, Jaime and Pepe

Daisy, her colt Vickie, Jaime and Pepe

Daisy and Vickie

Daisy and Vickie

After the rain, hail, and near-death experience from lightening

After the rain, hail, and near-death experience from lightening

 

Maeve at the Carbon County Fair

Here’s Maeve at the Carbon County Fair.  What’s Fair without cotton candy?

Cotton candy at the Fair photo by Bigfoot99 - KTGA 99.3 FM Saratoga/Rawlins, WY

Cotton candy at the Fair
photo by Bigfoot99 – KTGA 99.3 FM Saratoga/Rawlins, WY

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Events, Family, Folks

 

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Calves: summertime, and the livin’ is easy

Pairs grazing on the Routt National Forest

Pairs grazing on the Routt National Forest

Cow with her AI calf

Cow with her AI calf

Happy calves

Happy calves

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2014 in Animals, Cattle

 

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