Cattle Drive

Well, I’m finally getting around to posting some pictures of my family’s cattle drive in California that has happened every year since . . .  come to think of it, I don’t know when.  Maybe I should find that out.  The spring drive takes place in May and June when we drive the cattle up to the high country near Yosemite National Park where they spend the summer grazing green grass and enjoying the cool lazy days.  Kirk and I were very thankful to be able to help on the entire drive this year.  The cattle begin the drive as one herd and are eventually seperated into smaller herds and driven to different grazing allotments in the high Sierra Mountains.  For a few days we even drive them on Hwy. 120 which is one of the main entrances into Yosemite.  The second to last herd that we drove on the highway enjoyed cool weather when it rained on us for the entire drive.  My cousin Renee went that day because she had never been on that particular part of the drive (nor had she ever driven cattle in the pouring rain!).  However, she did not complain about leaving her office job and enjoyed it very much! 

One side note: our little girl can now say when she is born that she has been on her Papa and Gramma’s cattle drive!

 

Kirk the outrider

Kirk the outrider

Day 1: Leaving the foothills on Hwy. 132

Day 1: Leaving the foothills on Hwy. 132

Mom watching a spot

Mom watching a spot

John and my Dad bringing up the drag like they did when they were kids

John and my Dad bringing up the drag like they did when they were kids

Kirk on early morning drive leaving Kassabaum Meadow

Kirk on early morning drive leaving Kassabaum Meadow

Awesome view overlooking river on the way to Cherry Range

Awesome view overlooking river on the way to Cherry Range

Watering in a cool mountain stream at the end of the day

Watering in a cool mountain stream at the end of the day

Cow camp at Evans Meadow

Cow camp at Evans Meadow

Me on Ky leaving Boneyard

Me on Ky leaving Boneyard

Jeff and Kirk doctoring a calf Dad roped

Jeff and Kirk doctoring a calf Dad roped

Crossing Cliff House Bridge on Hwy. 120 in the rain

Crossing Cliff House Bridge on Hwy. 120 in the rain

Me and Renee on the Cliff House bridge

Me and Renee on the Cliff House bridge

Patti, my Dad and his dogs at Gravel Range

Patti, my Dad and his dogs at Gravel Range

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~ by Elisabeth on August 17, 2009.

4 Responses to “Cattle Drive”

  1. Well it’s about time!!! It made me teary eyed… I am sorry I missed it! Maybe next year! Awesome pics by the way! Love ya!

  2. I remember the day’s of the cattle drives…oh what fun! Your parents were always so kind to come pick Beckie and I up with our horses in tow…or allow us to ride their horses! Photo #2 “Day 1: Leaving the foothills on Hwy 132″…that is right after the bend & turn off onto Merced Falls Rd. WOW!

  3. Greetings from Penon Blanco Lookout
    It’s always an experience – maybe soon you post a video clip with sound?
    Two cows fell behind the herd.
    So I put the two cows on the property where the herd stayed overnight on Penon Blanco Road – west of the peak.
    We lease our land out to a lady who has cattle in the Valley.
    We do this to keep the grass down and reduce danger of fire. Currently there is one bull and six cows.
    They got very excited when they saw the herd I got a little bit nervous – it seemed they were ready to join the herd….

    • Hello Wolfgang! That is a great idea about the video clip, I might have to do that next time we are out for the drive. Thanks for taking care of the two stragglers, we appreciate it. See you around!

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