Friday, September 28, 2012

September Round-Up 2012

Ok, our September weather has been SPECTACULAR!.  With the summers being short I have decided to tack on the month of September as a summer month.  It seems that September always gets pushed to the fall season when in reality, fall does not start until the end of September. SO for me, summer ended last Saturday. 
Anyway, yesterday could not have been a nicer day.  The morning air was a bit crisp, but clear and beautiful just the same.  
It was "round-up time" at the community pasture.  You can read about last year's round-up here
but to read about yesterday all you have to do is keeping reading.

 I don't know how many people were here, but by the looks of all the trucks and trailers, there were a lot. The more the merrier right? When you have over 1000 cattle to gather in 4 days you needs lots and lots of riders. 
See Old Chief peering out from behind the hills? 

 More trucks and trailers. The corrals are to the right in the back ground. 
Very important part of gathering.

 Yah, I know. SUPER LUCKY! 
You can't beat the fall colors when the leaves begin to change. 
See Old Chief again?
 You know I am here right cuz you can see Downey's ear-lies.
I like this picture with the riders in the fore ground and back ground along with the cattle waiting to be brought down to the corrals. 

 There is a very important conversation going on here. We met up with a few riders who had a couple of stories to tell us.  
#1 A couple of riders were chased by a bear.  Yah, CHASED BY A GRIZZLY BEAR and they lived to tell the story. That means they are real cowboys in my book.
#2 A wolf kill. Wolves are known to hunt a cow, get it tired by chasing it and then they eat them.  It's a sad situation.
UPDATE: It was a bear kill.  The official word came in this afternoon. 

 And here it is.  This side of the cow looks just fine right?  The other side, not so good.  I won't post that picture. It's gross. 

  When you have wolf kill, you need to bring in Fish and Wildlife so they can declare it a wolf kill and then the owners of the cow are reimbursed because this is the lively hood for many of these ranchers.   

 If you are a child of of say, the president of the Community Association, you can skip school and come to the round-up.  How great is that?  Madison is a lucky girl. And there is Speedy in the middle talking to Neil. He was the brave cowboy who was chased by the bear.  I need to get the details of that adventure.

 Just me and Downey enjoying the ride together.

 See the men in there separating the cattle?  
You need to make sure everybody takes home their own cattle.

And that is the low down on the 2012 Cattle Round-Up. 
Thanks to Dixie for providing ALL of my horse adventures.  
And Brad?  We missed you. Next year!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Neal!

It's hard to believe it was 17 years ago!
Neal is 17?
Neal is 17!







Modeling for his mom. He is a good boy :)
BTW Neal is wearing his great grandpa Hatch's spurs. 


 Neal had a great job this summer working as a ranch-hand for a friend who raises cattle and horses and with that comes farming.  Neal did everything from baling to riding horses to killing lots and lots of burdock(weeds) to riding bobcats. Here Neal is cleaning out the bull shed which he loved. He is pretty handy with machinery. 
 It's last years junk if you know what I mean. Not the bobcat, the junk that Neal is hauling out. 

Rock has a horse sale every year and Neal is helping bring in some of them so they can be photographed for the catalog. 

 Neal had to wear boots and wranglers and a cowboy hat for this catalog picture to be legit. 

Happy Birthday Neal.  
Our family would not be same without YOU!
We love you! 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Wally's Beach

I was introduced to a beach this summer.  A beach in southern Alberta.  Really. 

 I can imagine while walking through this grove of trees that I am walking though the grove of trees at Bellows in Waimanalo or a small walkway from the road to a beach on the north shore.  

This could be Bellows.  There are no palm trees at Bellows. 
That's Lou Lou in case you were wondering.  

 Look, a horizon to the right.

 This beach has sand, a shore line and seagulls.  Next season I am going to take my Hawaiian music, lay out with my Maui Babe (not Mark, my suntan lotion) and pretend I am in Hawaii.  
At Bellows.  At Sunset Beach.  At Queen's Beach in Waikiki. 
The only thing, is when I open my eyes and look around I will see Old Chief and then I will know it is a dream.  Oh well, a girl can dream a little right?