7-28-14, Valley Falls, OR - I still have another five weeks to enjoy this wonderful summer before heading back to work. In the meantime, I’m having a great time. I continue to help my friends, Geren and Candace Moon work their cattle on a National Forest Lease. There are few things in this world more fun or exciting than chasing a half wild cow through the brush, then pushing her back into a herd, gathered to trek to another part of the forest - the horse loves it, the dogs have a great time, and the cowboy knows he’s living life as it’s meant to be lived.
Recently, I bought a nice six year old bay mare for Jacquie. “Brandy” is 14 hands high, real sweet and loves traveling through rough country. Today, we trailered ten miles up the road to the “Mill Trail”, which follows Crooked Creek as it spills off the Abert Rim. We followed the trail up the Rim for about 2 hours, gaining 2000 feet in elevation. Both horses were game and took the path with a vigor. As we wound are way through stands of old-growth Ponderosa Pine, alongside the willow and mulberry choked stream bed, our horses planted their hooves alongside the spoor of a cougar which had walked down the path 2 or 3 days before.