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Saturday, December 29, 2012
the road home...
Made the last supply run to Alpine for the year. Stocked up in case we get some predicted rain next week. Thankfully, I didn't spend a dime at McCoys today. I love the view coming home. Got in around 3PM and unloaded then went out to give the boys a snack. Walked out to the barn with feed and water and noticed the west fence line had fallen and no steers in sight. I hadn't put any Tpost clips on that run - just had a couple of extra Tposts at angles holding it up. For a brief moment I felt like a mother whose child was lost in a mall. Drove around for about a half hour trying to find them. As I was heading south, I saw them right outside the SE corner of the fence. I easily corralled Ben by the greenhouse then chased Bud back across the downed fence. I was thinking that Bud would want to go off looking for his mama...but I guess Ben persuaded him to just look around the property and stay close. Fixed some clips on the west run.
Reckon next on the list is to put up the the rest of the 420 clips so this doesn't happen again. Since Brewster County is not open range - the last thing I need is an irate neighbor calling the sheriff because my longhorns are on their property. Dick Cain has been forced to herd all his cattle back onto Agua Fria Ranch so I won't be getting bovine guests here any more (which is really a shame because I love those longhorns - they are the heart of this country). I think Ben was delivered to me for this reason - Bovine Providence. 39,54,33,0,B,0