April 2011

April 2011
Boondocking at my brother's in Reno, April 2011

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Rest of the Loop

The loop trip that was shown on the map in yesterday’s post is only one of many loop trips in this area.  There are many secondary highways throughout the countryside and many form nice loops for roundtrip sightseeing.  A local visitor's guide encourages motorcyclists to come on over and ride the loops. (click on the bottom corner of the pages to view this visitor's guide online)

We left Monument and the John Deere mower man and headed on towards Hwy 395 on the last leg of our loop.  Along the way we began to notice a lot of…ummm…cow pies and road apples right on the highway.  We were thinking a cattle truck must have passed that way.

Then ahead I saw red taillights and a couple of stopped pickup trucks.  It was cattle alright, but they were not in a truck!  We found ourselves smack in the middle of a cattle drive.  Well okay, not quite like in the old west – they were only moving the herd from one pasture to another…but there were real cowboys and everything.

Only most of the cowpokes were cowGIRLS.  I suppose I could be PC and say cowWOMEN but somehow that just doesn’t sound right!!

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This pickup and another one were helping with the cattle drive.  The one behind this guy was pulling a horse trailer and he signaled for us to get in front of him…”so you can get some pictures,” he said as we came alongside.  Nice guy!


This horse figured he had already worked through lunch and so was sneaking in a little snack of dried weeds while he could. YUM.  (click on photo to enlarge)
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Some things are timeless and it seemed this cowboy was one of them.  Looks like he could have been right out of the 1800’s.
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We enjoyed our little western adventure, but by the time we caught up to this little drama, they had reached their destination.  All too soon the cattle were off the road and through the gate to a fresh pasture.  The adventure was over.

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Not too much farther to the intersection of Hwy. 395.  Russ went into the Long Creek feed store to fill-up his coffee mug and the gal charged him FIFTY CENTS!!  He gave her a dollar and told her to use it for the next person that needed coffee.  I didn’t think anyone sold a large coffee for fifty cents anymore.  Gotta love small town America...and not a Starbucks in sight!

We zipped down 395 and back to the Clyde Holliday State Park, where we spent another peaceful night…except for the fact that it rained during the night and I left the vents open!!  Oh well, other than a little wet on the carpet we were none the worse for wear.  Thankfully I woke up and closed the vents before it rained too much inside the motor home!

Tomorrow we head for Sisters, Oregon – one of our all time favorite little cities in Oregon.  And if we are lucky, we may meet up with another blogger!

20 comments:

  1. I'm surprised that you don't have Max-Aire covers over your vents. It protects the vents from hail, you can travel with the vents open and the rain doesn't come into the vents.

    As far as the cowpokes go the one word sounds good as is politically correct.

    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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  2. The one thing I don't like about those cattle drives is the mushy sound the pies make as you drive over them and decorate your undercarriage. :(

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  3. I love cattle drives, we've run into a few in our travels. Always a good time.

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  4. We used to run into cattle drives when we lived in southwest Louisiana... most of the cowboys there seemed to be sucking down Bud lites and tossing the cans into the back of a pickup... along with any calf that couldn't keep up. Mama cow would tag along close behind... bellowing all the way! We always enjoyed these drives until we found out that this usually meant a hurricane was on its way and they were taking the cattle to higher ground.....

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  5. I would have loved seeing that cattle drive. How awesome.
    I am sure that coffee tastes better than any other cup you have had!
    Safe travels.

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  6. Fifty cents for a cup of coffee! Unreal!

    I love the area you are in. I camped up at Pioneer Ford Campground off the Metulious River back in 2010. No hookups but a fantastic spot right on the river. It was about 14 miles out of Sisters.

    There is also Black Butte RV Park at Camp Sherman. They have hookups there and it is a fabulous place.

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  7. How neat to see a for-real cattle drive; and nice of that driver to signal you and let you go first so you could get some photos.

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  8. It's so cool to see these cattle drives, and nice of them to understand that you wanted to take pictures.

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  9. What a great trip! When we came thru Sisters last Oct., not knowing any better, we took hwy. 20 into Sweethome and I-5. That was an experience. Most of my pics are blurry due to major camera shake! Have fun..

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  10. well, you can sleep in tomorrow morning cuz you had all those meadow muffins today!

    yuck,yuck!!!

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  11. I used to love coming across cowboys/gals doing their thing. I could sit and watch for a whole afternoon. Always was fascinating to me.

    The "1800's Cowboy" picture almost looks like a painting--just beautiful.

    I've been to Sisters. There's a neat waterfall right out side of town--easy to get to--an easy walk amongst the rhododendrons and forest. I have forgotten whether it had a name; locals told us about it. Maybe you already know about it.

    I'm enjoying your blog so much.

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  12. I used to love coming across cowboys/gals doing their thing. I could sit and watch for a whole afternoon. Always was fascinating to me.

    The "1800's Cowboy" picture almost looks like a painting--just beautiful.

    I've been to Sisters. There's a neat waterfall right out side of town--easy to get to--an easy walk amongst the rhododendrons and forest. I have forgotten whether it had a name; locals told us about it. Maybe you already know about it.

    I'm enjoying your blog so much.

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  13. I think the cattle were saying, "Why are there cars on our road? We'll show them who's boss!"

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  14. you get to meet another blogger?..whoohoo!..wonder who it is this time?

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  15. If they are cowBOYS then cowGIRLS certainly is the correct term. Forget all this PC nonsense I say!

    Imagine the delight of the person getting the free cup of coffee. What fun. Pay it forward girl.

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  16. Sure has been a nice tour around your state. Lot's of things we want to add to our bucket list now. Enjoyed the pictures. Safe travels to you both.

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  17. Great price for a cup of coffee! I believe the PC word is 'cowperson' although I'd never use that.

    Great new header pic!

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  18. Seeing the cows going down the middle of the road almost made me think you were in Mexico, that is a very common sight here. Looks like a beautiful area there. Have safe travels to Sisters, Oregon and enjoy.

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  19. You guys have some of the best adventures

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  20. Yippee yay O! No dogs? Maybe that's why they needed so many people.

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