Monday, October 1 (continued)
The crew and I leave our cold and snowy campsite and head to town, enjoying the warmth of the Perfect Tow Vehicle.
Hmm . . . I think I’ll have an egg and cheese biscuit with a cup of coffee . . . .
Ranch land and road to Maple Grove Campground at base of Pavant Mountains, Utah
A long, straight road cuts through ranch property.
Turkeys in the road!
Turkeys are plentiful at Maple Grove Campground. One often hears their conversations as they make their way between campsites or casually stroll the campground road. This bunch are crossing from one cattle field to another.
Roger and Reggie, unaware of the turkeys in the road, jump to the window to bark at the bulky, black beasts that have the nerve to stare at us!
One of the things I enjoy about wandering the countryside is seeing how other people live.
I’m curious what it’s like to live on a ranch such as this.
I think the people who live at this ranch were the same ones I photographed in 2014 as they moved cattle from one field to another, further up the road near Salina.
You can see those photos at my post of May 2014, “Life in a Utah valley.”
The road makes a sharp turn to reach the highway.
“Oh, the cattle got out!”
“And the horses are going after them!”
This one doesn’t know how to get out of the field.
Frustrated about being left behind, she runs off.
Gee, I don’t want to herd the livestock into the highway. Well, there is a cattle guard. As long as the horses don’t figure out a way around it.
The PTV creeps forward.
We pass the horses, three on one side, two on the other.
More reason to bark.
Quite an exciting morning for the crew!
Mamas with their children . . . .
“Excuse us. We’re just passing through.”
The cattle guard halts the procession toward the highway.
“Be quiet, you guys. I want to take a few horse photos.”
The horses aren’t much interested in posing.
They’re standing in fresh forage, which probably was their goal from the start, not chasing after escaped cows with calves.
One more photo . . .
“Okay, let’s go! I’m hungry!”
The PTV carries us on Route 50 to Salina. After breakfast and a walk around the parking lot for the crew, we pull into a station for gas. I want to be all gassed up because we move camp tomorrow.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch . . . .
Horses and cows and calves are returning to their fields.
“Well, I guess anarchy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.”
This afternoon we’ll return to Salina, pick up our new heater at the UPS place, and then tomorrow make tracks to warmer weather. I probably could have it installed in Salina but we’re not staying.
One more cold morning will be enough.
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