|Doesn't he look like Sam Elliot?|
I had the most awesome day and there is not enough space on this blog to write about everything I saw and experienced, nor to even show you some of my favorite photos of the 250 I shot today. So, I'll try to keep it as short & succinct as I can.
We were invited to a round-up out in the country about 50 miles from here. We arrived early and watched the cowboys & cowgirls gather up to go over the hill to drive the cattle back to the corrals, where they separated the calves from their mamas for branding and castration. While the horses were out rounding up the little doggies, one of our friends who invited us along took us for a photo walk and the early morning crisp air turned into a wonderful, warm blue sky day. They brought the cows in and after the branding, we enjoyed a lunch of chili made over an open fire. We were there 6 hours and the time seemed to fly by. There are no better people on earth than country folks. Here are just a couple of things I observed today:
Country kids are different than city kids. *** The kids went along on the trail ride and they all pitched in to help with the roping, branding and castrating of the calves. *** They had so much fun they didn't even know it was "work". *** I never saw one iPod or cell phone. *** Border collies are the most awesome working dogs. *** Chili tastes way better when cooked in a dutch oven over an open fire. *** Girls can rope calves pretty dang good. ***
Okay, now I'll try to pick a couple of my favorite photos from today to post here. It'll be hard to choose just a couple so I'll post an album over on Facebook if you're interested. Wow, what a day! love, susan
|Here come just a few of the herd.|
|I loved the working dogs ... they were awesome!|
|These are all Mexican horned cows. Very different breed.|
|Supper is cooking!|
This last picture kind of has it all. The border collies kept the calves in check. The cowboy at the head of the calf keeps the head down while "brander" does her thing. The young girl with the purple bucket is the one who has to be there to make the bucket available to catch the bull testicles. Luckily, we didn't have to turn down "Rocky Mountain Oysters" for dinner. The horse on the right keeps the line taut so the calf stays in place for this whole process. They branded 58 calves today. What an experience!