5/7/13, Valley Falls, OR - As the trees leaf out in their springtime splendor, the local ranchers are busy with branding. After the calves are inoculated and branded, the calves and their mommas are trucked or driven off to summer pasture. The harriers still patrol the skies overhead, but take a break and hide every couple of days when a pair of golden eagles show up, high in the sky.
On a recent horseback ride, Jacquie and I had a close encounter with the eagles when we rode back from the base of the Abert Rim and climbed on to the Rim Road. one eagle was sitting in the road, 50 yards in front of us, while his/her mate circled just a few feet overhead. A quarter mile up ahead, a city dweller was parked alongside the road and using a telescope to carefully scan the tops of the rim, a mile away and a half mile high for signs of golden eagles, known to frequent the area. After I told him they were just up the road he continued to scan the cliff faces for his elusive targets. Hmm, why is it that some people canít recognize the forest through all the trees?
Preparations are almost complete for a four day camping trip in the mountains. On Thursday morning, we plan on hitching the lads to a newly refurbished wagon and trekking into the hills.
On Sunday, with the horses sporting new shoes and the weather both warm and pleasant, we drove the boys five miles down the road to a nice roadside park. While the lads were munching on sweet spring glass, Jacquie and I had lox, bagels and cream cheese to accompany our mimosas.