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No apologies, life is what it is. I haven't posted for almost 2 months now, but have not forgotten. And the occasional posts/emails/snarls from friends/family/friends I haven't met/others, do produce results.
Okay, to try and somewhat catch up, I'm going to do a photo journey for you.
Photo credit to Lorna Jimmie
As a community, we had an amazing rodeo weekend. Contestants were delighted with the new events added and prize money available.
Personally, I'm always happy when Monday rolls around after rodeo weekend, but with our new events and format, it was quite possibly the most exhausting weekend ever. Worked out well and the spectators were happy, but next year.......... more delegating is a huge priority.
View from my kitchen window
Tired boy, tired dog...
Cows on summer range
Coming in through the fog.
This is a photo of a photo. During our 16 day mountain ride we go right over the Itcha Mountains to the Pan Phillips Fishing Resort for some much appreciated R & R. Rob and Linda were outstanding hosts, as usual. This time was a bit special as Rob brought out his collection of photos and newspaper clippings. I hope to get back in there this winter to help them organize and preserve what has painstakingly been collected. The photo shown is Rob's father (Pan Phillips on the bay horse in front) and Barry Remple (brother in law) heeling the moose. The back story is that the moose had actually been caught in a steel trap meant for a fur bearing critter and probably would have died if not for the men taking the time to capture and free the animal.
Cody and Vickie arguing over who gets the dinner plate (he won this time).
Riding past Pipe Organ Moutain
Climbing over the pass from Pan Valley. "Smile Magalie, you could be famous......." :)
Peaches testing out the contents of Liz's bottle. Delicious.....
Corkscrew Island Camp
Horses having a much needed break.
A young friend that helped me out a lot this summer.
Try it, you own't regret it.
Sweet Rea, teaching another kid to ride. Ava is having a blast and kept telling Jackson (who was leading her) "keep going buddy, keep going".
Heading for High Camp in the Ilgatchuz.
Luckily we had an excellent nurse along to fix up Jackson after his painful reminder about sharp axes.
A weird evening. The smoke rolled in shortly after we set up camp and the skies were dark.
We knew it was going to be a good day, and it was!
Jackson and I (and Brady and Zip) did a big climb up the side of Pipe Organ. Was a bit smoky but still beautiful.
A smoky morning in Pan Valley.
Trailing the horses home at the end of the ride.
Back to the ranch to deal with a wolf bit calf, luckily already healing well.
We've been kicked out of the Park again, so its another short season. Very frustrating.
Could not agree more.
Plenty of late summer feed.
Looking through the impressively long ears of Shmoose with trusty Zip to my right.
Finally getting the cows to summer range after a very long day (and several hours to go before getting to the Cabin.)
Salt is often brought to the range in the winter and stored in these pails. Being by myself, I was at a bit of a loss of how I was going to transport them to where they needed to be. But good old Shmoosey solved my problem by allowing me to tie them to my saddle and I led her to where we needed to go. During our very long ride the night before, she also allowed Ben to ride double so he could rest against my back. And I packed my very sore footed Zip dog for several miles as well. I don't know if we happened to end up with the best Standardbred ever, or if they are all this amazing.
Sorbay carefully taking my niece for a ride through the heifers.
There may be a few stories to tell along the way, and I will get back to that!
Hope the summer has treated you well.
All the best,