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”

Spring Time Jobs

EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to the fault of this busy editor, I didn’t get this wonderful post up in a timely manner, but it’s just too good to wait until next spring to share. So here is Katie’s Spring 2012 experience…even though it’s August. Thanks for putting up with me. – LL Spring time!! The grassContinue reading “Spring Time Jobs”

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”

Another Day at the Office

The cows have been up on US Forest grazing allotments for more than a month now. The Upper Green River Cattlemens Association pays riders to stay on the mountain with the cows and move them around to prevent overgrazing, watch for problems, doctor the sick, and keep an eye out for bear and wolf problems. While these ridersContinue reading “Another Day at the Office”

Driving – The Last Day, But Not the End

Day 12 – June 28, 2010 Since we pushed our herd of cattle into the Pastures yesterday, today we helped fellow rancher Albert Sommers and his crew push the tail end of the Mesa cows into the Mud Lake West pasture (not to be confused with “The Pastures” where we pushed cows yesterday, I know, IContinue reading “Driving – The Last Day, But Not the End”

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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