|Water drop on the south end of the Little Basin Fire|
When we first heard there was a fire on the river, we were mistakenly told it was on the switchbacks going to Dug Bar. Turns out it had started right across the river from the ranch, and it was headed south toward Log Creek, where we planned to trail our cattle to the Zumwalt Prairie in just two days.
|Chopper drawing water at the swimming hole|
Luckily the wind changed direction overnight, driving the fire north away from the trail. So we were able to stay on schedule with the move to the summer range. Mike got the cows gathered and headed back upriver on the first day. Second day he crossed them to the Hall Place, and got them started up the road.
|Gathered back up and headed south toward Halls.|
|Dawson had fun on Chester|
After lunch we let Mike and Gabe take a break and Cammie and the boys and I rode. Dawson had fun on Chester and Wes rode with Cammie, until he got too hot and wanted to get in the truck and help Grandpa drive.
When we got to the Elephant Corrals, Gabe went to fix fence and Mike watched the boys, letting them muck about at the pond.
|Weston tells another whopper|
It didn't take long for Cammie and I to get the cows the rest of the way to Young's and through the gate.
|Cammie and Sara headed back to Elephant Corrals|
Dawson got his driving lesson on the way to meet up with Gabe. He did pretty good...when he watched where he was going!
|Dawson's driving lesson|
By late afternoon, Weston was pooped, but determined to stay with the program and not miss anything interesting. The minute Gabe and Cammie pulled out for the valley, I'm sure his head was nodding, and it wouldn't be long before he was sound asleep.
|Wes and faithful blankee|
|Mike and Sara - yay the cattle are all at the summer range|
It was nice to be able to call it a day and head home to enjoy some rest on Father's Day.
From Sara at Magpie Ranch, home of Bunchgrass Beef