Since we’ve last visited, we have been to Montana and back.
We had originally planned to go to Muddy Creek Ranch in Montana to pick up our new crop of heifers. Then one of our Lowline cattle friends was planning a trip to take his cattle and said he would pick our heifers up for us so our trip was off. At the last minute the guy our friend was taking his cattle to cancelled so his trip was off and ours was back on. Confused yet? It was that kind of day – all this happened in about three hours.
So, off to Montana we went. Our friend generously let us borrow his stock trailer as it is a lot bigger than ours. Even though it was bigger, it still looks kind of small next to the semi-trucks. The big truck stops were the easiest places to get diesel and maneuver around with our load, so we stopped at those.
We spent the night in Missoula at the C’mon Inn. A nice place to stay if you are there. And the best part of the deal?
One of my favorite places, right across the parking lot! I love Cracker Barrel – there are items on the menu you can’t usually find. Food that reminds me of the things my Grandma used to make – like fried okra and sweet tea. Mmmm good.
There was snow on the ground and a chill in the air in Missoula. We checked the weather and found out a big snow storm was headed our way, so our short trip got even shorter. We arrived at Muddy Creek, had a very quick visit with David and Karen and loaded up the heifers.
I was amused to see Ben’s ice melting experiment on the post. Ben, who is helping out at Muddy Creek, is from Queensland, Australia. I don’t think he is quite used to the Montana winters.
And it isn’t even cold yet by their standards! With the snowstorm headed our way we only stayed three hours before we turned our truck around and headed west on I-90 with the new heifers.
We really didn’t want to get caught in a snowstorm with the cattle. We made it over 4th of July pass, through Montana and Idaho and then on to Washington. Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascade Mountains is the last one before we get back to our side of the state. We pushed hard to get across before the snow hit. When we went over at 3 pm it was raining and just a few snow flurries were falling. By 6 pm it was snowing like crazy and the pass was closed – all night and most of the next day. Though it was a very quick trip and a lot of miles in a short time, we are very thankful to have made it home with no problems. And the new heifers look great!
We have almost finished fencing the new pasture so now we have been working on a “loafing shed” for the cattle this winter.
I have no idea why it is called a loafing shed – maybe the bovines will just goof off here??
I have to laugh sometimes at the weather they routinely work in. In Bakersfield if it rains six drops within six minutes the crews roll up and head for the shop – done for the day.
Here it can be pouring rain – well over a half an inch in a couple of hours – and the work goes on. Everyone puts on their rain gear and they carry on.
So our little shed is coming together and the cattle will have a shelter for the winter. And no one melted working in the rain.
[poh-poo-ree, poh-poo-ree] noun
1. a mixture of dried petals of roses or other flowers withspices, kept in a jar for their fragrance.
2. a musical medley.
3. a collection of miscellaneous literary extracts.
4. any mixture, especially of unrelated objects, subjects, etc.
Origin: 1605–15 < French: literally, rotten pot
Synonyms 4. melange, pastiche, hodgepodge, mishmash,patchwork.