We went to a ranch roundup a few miles from our house earlier this month. It was a free event put on by a local ranching family. They were working cows and branding them. The family had several chuck wagons set up and were cooking over campfires. This happened to be the same day as Hannah’s birthday and it was a good start to her day (more on her birthday later).
Here we are walking up from the parking area, there were easily 200 people there. Notice we dressed appropriately
Here is my beautiful cowgirl
and my handsome cowboy
Although they were actually working the cows, this was as much about the show as it was the actual work, and there was no shortage of cowboys
Working the cows looks pretty easy when you have this many hands. These guys were pretty efficient.
After watching them work, Hannah was able to recite the process: “one cowboy ropes the head, then the other ropes the feet, then they get the cow and give him shots and give him a checkup. that’s just what they do”
The kids rode a pony named Bucky. I presume he was named Bucky because he bucked at one point in his life, but that didn’t appear to be a concern this day, even with this 10 year old girl on the lead rope.
And finally we ate! They had fajitas and dutch oven cooked biscuits. And it was good.
Nathan was happy!
Ever since we’ve been home, Nathan has worn his cowboy boots a lot more and keeps talking about riding horses at Aunt Amber’s house. This was a good start to Hannah’s birthday. If they do it again next year, we might have to make a tradition out of it.