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!


Brad said...

Words can't express how stupid it is that I couldn't make it up there. Next year without a doubt. It's already on my calendar. Nice post though! :)

Marilou said...

When do you ever not have a good time on a horse of Dixie's? Oh, ya. Never!
P.S. I like your personality when you post.

Dixie Dee said...

Ahh it is perfect weather and for more than one day!! It's fun to ride and have a job to do! Fun post Marilee! Love it that Downey takes such good care of you! Can't wait for the next adventure! :)

Christie said...

Great post, Leelee! The clear blue skies and fall foilage are spectacular! I love seeing Downey's ears. That's a beautiful horse! I didn't know bears eat cows. I thought they just ate berries, vegetation, and salmon. Guess I've watched too many Disney flicks. It's neat to see Old Chief in so many shots. It looks like he's watching over his territory. :)

Kaylynn said...

You are lucky round up was last week and not this rainy/snowy week. Love the pictures. And the bear/wolf stories.

Kari said...

Oh, man, I didn't know bears ate cows, either.

This is a different world, the adventures of rounding up cattle, Marilee. Thanks for posting photos, and especially for NOT posting the eeeww side of the chewed-up cow.