Friday after noon was quite nice and I felt the need to get away from the house. I wanted to go to the ranch and see how the hay was progressing, check on the new lessors cattle and assess the gopher population. I really wanted to get some fresh air.
My first concern as I backed my 4 wheeler out of the garage was, are the gates open along my proposed route. The swing gates are challenge enough; wire forget it. I took off in spite of my gate concerns, if they proved to much of a barrier I’d just turn around.
There was water on in the front meadows, the barrow pits were full and I scared up a couple ducks. No ducklings yet; it’s a little early. Progressing through the shop and toward the creek thankfully all gates were open. I forded the Kelly ditch and made my way up to the McDonald Bench. The newest seeding, if 6 or 7 years is considered new, is coming along nicely. The ditches have been cleaned and ready for water. The East Fork Canal was turned on a couple days ago and upon checking the water hadn’t quite made it to the ranch yet.