Precipice Cattle Drive 2016

10 driving cowsI could have stayed at the Precipice for the 2016 cattle drive overnight on the Friday, but I love mornings and I elected to go down early on the Saturday.  The Precipice is south of Anahim Lake and a little over 2 hours’ drive.  I left just after sunrise, which is around 5.30 by the clock right now.1 early sunThere were two groups of pelicans on Nimpo Lake.2 pelicansWe’d had two days of cold rain – a few flakes of wet snow at one point – so this morning’s un was very welcome and the light was spectacular.  Drawing closer to the Precipice, the cloud lifted off the mountains revealing settled snow on the higher trees.3 road to precipiceThe above picture shows the logging road: soon I was plunging down the rough, narrow, steep Precipice road.  Fred, one of the residents has a hobby of building stone people.  Over the few years that he has been there, they have bred indiscriminately and multiplied to thousands!4 stone peopleI was in good time for the start of all the activity.  First was saddling up.  (The Precipice is lower and wetter than Kleena Kleene, hence the lusher growth.)5 saddling up

6 saddling up 2

7 saddling up 3The cows were already in a fenced pasture, and they were rounded up.  They were inconsiderate enough to stay in the trees and shade – very difficult to photograph!8 rounding up cowsLee, the rancher, likes to walk in front of the cows and call them up the trail.  He is the man in the dark blue/grey shirt and red suspenders in the middle.  Jade and Ryan, my new neighbours, elected to walk with him.  They have their kids, extra clothes, and lunches on their backs.9 Jade and RyanI stayed behind to photograph the riders.11 ridersI complained to Lee that he should go back to having red cows.  They make much better pictures!10a driving cows 2

12 driving cows 3A few hours later, everyone was home.  The youngest cowboy was introduced to the horses (which his aunties were riding.)13 start em young!Then everyone relaxed….14 neighbours…until it was time to barbecue the steaks.14a barbecueAfterwards, it was music time!  (Lee used to play in a rock band.)15 LeeThe seated musician is Clint.  He needs to read the score all the time; when the wind blew the pages over, the music stopped!16 Clint, Lee and DavidThe sun went down and the fire became our source of light.
18 round the fireNext morning was a pancake breakfast.19 pancake breakfast

20 Lee cookingAs I left the valley, I disturbed a large black bear.  It is the fourth bear I’ve seen this year, but the others ran off too quickly to photograph.21 bearA couple of days later, Fred came by on his way to the Coast.  I had a couple of great stones flanking my road at the edge of my property and Fred hauled rocks up the hill with him and built me a couple of stone people.22 FredThank you Fred!23 My stone person

About wilderness dweller

I have lived for more than 30 years as a Wilderness Dweller. Most of that time was in cabins I built myself far from the nearest road, high in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada. My "retirement" home is accessible by a bush road but still far from neighbours. I live off the grid, and operate this blog by solar-powered satellite internet.
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3 Responses to Precipice Cattle Drive 2016

  1. Margy says:

    I love horse and would have loved to go on a cattle drive. When I lived in the city in Southern California I kept my horse at a stable next to a roping arena, but they never moved the cows. Our black bears are out. On our last quad ride at the head of Powell Lake we saw four, but none stayed around long enough for a picture. All I got was an picture of a footprint in the soft soil. – Margy

  2. A time to connect, bond, talk and enjoy life with your neighbors of far away and your new neighbors close to home. Children are sponges of knowledge and these moments are photographs making memories of this day and to call upon years from now. The trail, the people, it’s all very wonderful. A time for now and a time to remember. Summer has great adventures in your wilderness. Happy summer and many more trails too.

  3. Bonnie says:

    I LOVED every minute of that trail ride … campfire and breakfast. Nice looking horses, I think I’m partial to the buckskin. What a wonderful way to spend some time with friends and neighbors.

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