Monday, December 8, 2008

Fun at the Ranch

This is where Luke & I got married about 1 1/2 years ago: The brown grass and the perfectly bright blue sky made for some beautiful pictures. The weather was in the 40's and sunny almost every day we were there. (This is not usual for Thanksgiving in Montana!)

We even saw a Golden Eagle flying over the meadow. Even though it was so high in the air, it still looked huge!
Mom, Matt & Margo:
Margo being a silly dog and playing with a stick that would barely fit in her mouth.
Our job was to put up the elk fence around the hay shed. So far, the elk have been keeping their distance and staying out of trouble, but it's just a matter of time until they return. It's been a really warm, late fall so they are still staying in the high country. They use 8-10 foot boards that are wired together to make a "fence" to protect the hay from being eaten by the elk. These fences are pretty heavy, so it's a bit of a job to get them put up. The elk have plenty to's just easy for them to eat from a hay bale, so they target the haysheds. Then, the cows run out of hay. Since hay is incredibly expensive in Montana, it makes ranchers hate elk!
Later this day was when Grandpa got hurt, so it was kind of a bittersweet day.

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