Grandma's new puppy found a safe place to nap while we vaccinated the heifers.
Well I'm happy to report that ranching has slowed to a dull roar. Kinda nice, not gonna lie. We are still busy of course, such is life, but at least there is half a chance of choosing the project for the day. We've got a full fencing crew at the moment, actually two crews, one currently on wire fence and one building mostly Russell Fence. It means baking bread pretty much every day, but it also means a pile of quality fence is getting built! Hurray! We are working on the home renovations as well, and just trying to get ready for winter. This incredibly wet weather is making everything a chore. So amazing to have it so wet, with no frost in the ground, and no snow, at this time of year. In fact, it is raining as I type.
I've come across Grandma Dorsey's book again in the unpacking process, so I'll start sharing the odd story again. This one I'll start tonight is another of my favorites.....blazing the road to the top of East Branch, to meet the crew working their way up the mountainside.
Part One Tonight....more soon.
The Road Runs West
The following year Lester wanted to start ranching again, so we gave up the school and went to live in another dirt roofed cabin on the new ranch. I love the Three Circle area. the boys went back on correspondence courses. We worked hard feeding, building, and studying and when May came and the horse feed was green again, the boys and I started a trip to Batnuni. Frank was four years old but he was able to ride along with the rest. That glorious trip took a month.
By 1952 the Three Circle Ranch was running smoothly. We had built a log house and most of the corrals and pastures had gates. Thirteen miles of fence stretched over and around the area. Some of the land had been improved and ditched. Range was plentiful. We were beginning to realize the dream of the ranch we had planned nearly twenty years before.
The road from Williams Lake had been improved and most of the ranchers now owned trucks. With the road improvements, cattle trucks came into the area. The 200 mile beef drives were becoming fewer. These drives took 27 days to get the cattle to market, and it ook a crew to drive them. At first the trucks took 24 hours to get to Williams Lake but as the road improved, the time was cut down.
At this time 45 miles of road had been built in the valley. Anahim Lake had miles of road built from Williams Lake. These two roads needed another 45 miles of road to join them.
Bella Coola was clamoring for an outlet from the valley. With a pitifully small government grant and $4000. of donated money and labour from the valley, the road building started. It wasn't an easy job. The road had to drop 4000 feet in a few miles, but this was British Columbia's third outlet to the coast and it had the loyal support of the local people.
To Be Continued....