Trailing to the Mountains

The sun starts to lighten the skyline above the Wind River Mountains while the song birds can be heard singing and the warm and cool air currents can be felt as the cowboys ride across the sagebrush, BLM allotment to gather the cattle and start them marching north to summer pasture.  This is the beginningContinue reading “Trailing to the Mountains”

Snow Day

Remember snow days when you were a kid? It was so much fun! No school; just drinking cocoa and wearing 14 layers of clothes to go run around in the yard. Well, the RealRanchers of the Green River Valley (and most others I’ve ever been around) do not believe in snow days. THIS is aContinue reading “Snow Day”

2011 Upper Green Cattle Drive

Yes, I know I’ve been lax in my duties writing about the Upper Green River Cattle Drive this year, so here is a little summary and photos to make up for it. There was so much snow in the mountains this year and it took so long to melt off that the drive started aboutContinue reading “2011 Upper Green Cattle Drive”

Coming Home for Winter

As the temperature cools, the leaves turn to brilliant yellow and orange colors, the days shorten and eventually snow appears on the mountain summer range, the cattle head for home. The cows are just like the deer and antelope. They start migrating to the home ranch as the fall weather start to send reminders ofContinue reading “Coming Home for Winter”

When Grizzly Meets Calf – Not a pretty picture

We helped one of our riders push cows to a different grazing area in the Teepee Creek allotment the end of July.  It was a beautiful day.  The cows were gathered from a large area in small bunches and pushed toward the new grazing area. The beautiful day quickly turned, let’s say, not so beautiful.Continue reading “When Grizzly Meets Calf – Not a pretty picture”

Driving Part XI

Day 11 – June 27, 2010 Unfortunately, my camera has taken all of the abuse it can handle today and can no longer take very good pictures, so I am not able to show you some of the most scenic pictures of the entire drive. Here’s a look back at where we’ve been: Day 6Continue reading “Driving Part XI”

Driving Part X

Day 10 – June 26, 2010 We move from the Kendall Bridge to the bridge at Tosi Creek today.  I don’t have much to report; the cows moved good and finished the day quickly and in good shape. There are lots of little creeks and springs in this area that run into the Green RiverContinue reading “Driving Part X”

Driving Part IX

Day 9 – June 25, 2010 Today’s drive is from the Circle S, through the Tin Whistle (a giant culvert under the highway), past the spot where the highway ends, and finally across the Kendall Bridge at the Green River. We are getting into bear country now and I’m pretty sure I crossed the pathContinue reading “Driving Part IX”

Driving Part VIII

Day 8 – June 24, 2010 Often times this day proves to be very difficult.  We move the cattle through a lot of trees and on steep hills.  The cows, especially yearlings (one-year-old cattle), will escape down the hill and into the trees.  A dog can prove invaluable on a day like today.  However, theContinue reading “Driving Part VIII”

Driving Part VII

Day 7 – June 23, 2010 After a good day yesterday, the cattle got counted onto US Forest today.  I know I said we would push the cows up to US Forest land for grazing, but the drive is not over yet; we still have a ways to go.  This is the day where weContinue reading “Driving Part VII”

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