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Gather those cows!

It’s time to gather the cows from their summer grazing grounds on the Forest. Rhen is getting the crew organized.

Rhen organizing the cattle gathering crew

Rhen organizing the cattle gathering crew

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Animals, Family, Folks, Horses

 

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Fall haying

It’s been a wet summer. That is a blessed event all around, except for the delay in getting the hay up. Still, we’re grateful that we have a bumper crop of hay, after two hard years of drought. In mid-September, we’re still haying, trying to get ahead of the next rains.

Cutting hay in the Upper Smylie

Cutting hay in the Upper Smylie

windrows along Battle Creek

windrows along Battle Creek

Making the big round bales

Making the big round bales

Eamon cleaning the baler

Eamon cleaning the baler

Cows checking out next winter's feed in Don's Meadow

Cows checking out next winter’s feed in Don’s Meadow

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Events, Family

 

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Camptenders

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

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.

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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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