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September brought us nearly 8 inches of rain in just two weeks! The amount of water rushing through the pastures was unreal. Some of you have been shooting at the dirt tank, can you picture water flowing over the top of that dam? It washed away several miles of fence line and a few dams that have withstood the past 50 years of rainfall. Thankfully no structural damage was done and none of the livestock were swept away.
Our Chisum Challenge Drive was a little more eventful than usual. On the first day Kim was bit by a rattlesnake. It was a freak accident. He thought he had killed the snake and when he attempted to cut off the head like he always does, it bit him on the finger. He’s killed hundreds of snakes, over 50 this year alone, and this is the first time he’s been bit. He rode to camp and then went to the hospital to get checked out. Thankfully it was a very minor bite and after a few viles of anti-venom was able to return to camp the next day. The guests on the ride were phenomenal at going with the flow given the unusual circumstances and Deborah and Tye did a good job stepping in as the camp cooks while Patricia was away from camp. The rest of the drive went very smoothly and our top hands; Monika from Germany, Paul for New York, David from Texas, Lynda from Minnesota, Livio from Switzerland by way of Texas, Kathryn from England, and Lynn from Missouri, did a fantastic job at keeping the cattle calm while they crossed through town to the fairgrounds.
Our Fall Drive was much more relaxed without any hiccups and we were able to move the cattle off the lease and back home to Burnt Well. Because our Fall Drive doesn’t require us to move camp throughout the week, it allows for more time around the campfire building relationships. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Vernon from Oklahoma, Haden from Texas, Robert and Sarah from Minnesota, Mike and Todd from Ontario, Liz and Norma from Texas, and John from Alberta. We are currently anxiously awaiting the arrival of “Baby Cheerio” who’s due date is tomorrow! We are so excited for Ruben and Haley and will certainly let you know once he or she has arrived! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!