Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Our Memorial Day Weekend.

Whew!  What a weekend!

We had a {full} Memorial Day weekend.....a jackpot in Madras, shipping heifers to Wallowa, and work at the ranch filled up most of our time. But when you're doing what you love, with people that you care for, it doesn't quite feel like work.

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The 5 Peaks Classic Jackpot was this weekend in Madras, and I headed down bright and early Saturday to help Cathy and her crew in Ring A. 

It was another great show - I think this is the 4th or 5th one the Bartels have put on - and the weather couldn't have been more perfect!  The kids showed outside on the grass this year, which made for great pictures!






This jackpot helps support the "Heaven Can Wait" breast cancer group, so many of the kids and show staff wear pink to show their support.  There was also a raffle for a cattle blower with pink detailing, and many of the prizes were detailed with pink.  It's a great way to support an important cause.

All pictures will be posted on the 5 Peaks Facebook page later this week!

The next morning, we were up bright & early to ship heifers to Wallowa!


Austin stayed home, but Leo got to come and help move cows with us.

He did a great job!



I helped the guys get the heifers from the corral where we unloaded them to the pasture gate, and then headed back to get the pickup & trailer.  They finished pushing the heifers to the bottom of the mountain, and then we headed to lunch at Terminal Gravity! 

TG is my favorite place to eat when we go to Wallowa.  The entire menu is delicious, but I especially love the nachos, the steak pita, and their salads.  If you're near Enterprise, you need to eat there!

After we got home from Wallowa, we doctored a few calves and went to bed early.

Monday we fly tagged a group of pairs, and moved another set of pairs down the road.  It doesn't sound like a lot of work, but we didn't get done until a little after 2:00.  I ran and grabbed us a quick bite for lunch and then did a few other chores before we headed to Terry & Anna's for a BBQ.




See all of the bright red ear tags?

Those are fly tags....super smelly, but they seem to help keep the flies off of the cow's faces for a little while.


The set of corrals where Double M works these cows has an old manual Powder River chute, so a week ago Cling hauled our portable hydraulic chute over there and placed it in front of the manual chute.  He's been using it to fly tag cows, and doctor calves.  I was running the tagger yesterday, and appreciated having the chute there since it has a neck stretcher on it (two bars that hold a cow's head out so that she can't thrash) and that really made tagging easier and safer.  Two things we like here.  :)


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I am so thankful that we get to live in a country where we're free to live as we choose, free to make our own choices, and free to work towards the lifestyle that we desire.

Freedom isn't free.

Thank you to the current and past men & women of the United States Armed Forces who have made this country the land of the free!

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