Now that the calves are weaned off, we move the cattle back out onto the range. With the ground frozen, they can get onto the swamps and there is lots of feed! The taller grass will lay right over and protect what is even still green underneath.
This is on the meadow at Six Mile, looking West.
Still a few stragglers coming in with their calves.
I know it's a blurry photo, but here I am taking hunters in for the last hunt of the year. The guys were great and full of excitement for their trip. I'm leading the two empty packhorses (that will hopefully pack a moose out of the bush) and Eli's saddle horse. The tractor and wagon full of gear is in front of us. And lucky it was, as we needed it to break the ice in the creeks. It has been pretty cold (down to -25C) and the creeks are frozen over. I'm always very proud of our horses, but I have to say my heart swelled a bit to watch them so carefully pack their riders through the creeks of broken ice and slippery footing. I ate a late lunch with the hunters and headed back home, but already the creeks were freezing over again. I was riding big Twinkie, the draft cross mare we bought from Kamloops a couple years ago. (Boy, how her life has changed!) She is a super mare and I've ridden her quite a bit over the summer. She is actually pretty awesome at chasing cows (as long as not too much speed is required) but gets a bit rough for travelling long distances. Eli also often guides off of her. Anyhow, I was quite proud of her again, not that I had any doubt of her abilities. At the frozen creeks, she simply leaned back a bit, and pawed her way forward, breaking the quickly forming ice in front of herself. I had pulled her shoes off at the Cabin, in hopes of giving her more traction (it worked) and we cruised back down the mountain easy peasy. It was a great ride, I have to say. I'm already looking forward to next summers range riding up there.
That reminds me, and I'm attaching a link to our very talented friend's newsletter. I'd introduce you, but those that haven't already had the pleasure of meeting Chris, or seeing his work.....well, photos speak louder than words.
I'm riding "Twinkie" and you'll see "Zip" raring to go in the photos he puts in this newsletter. I know I look pregnant (I'm certainly not!), but it's because I have a chest pack with a radio under my vest. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!