Winter Camp took place at the Wheeler Ranch with Maddie and Gianna staying here for a long weekend. The first day had such pleasant weather! Jason and Raya came over to visit and work with the cows. I walked out onto the front porch and this is what I saw.
While we were waiting for our hay bales to arrive, Charlie bought some alfalfa which the cows really like! He and Jason decided to give the herd a treat this morning so Raya and Gianna could help take care of the cows.
While Gianna was very comfortable working with the cows, Raya decided that she needed to stay in the back of the side by side.
Raya was very curious about the herd until Mama Cow came to visit!
Gianna learned what a ‘cow stick’ is and how to use one this weekend. We may have a future veterinarian on our hands!
I think Shadow and Genesis are curious about each other because they are about the same size. Although, Genesis is quickly outgrowing Shadow! They get close to each other…but not TOO close!
Genesis the calf was very curious about the empty mineral bucket that day. She nosed it and nudged it until she turned it on its side and she could roll it around. After all of the exercise, she needed a nap on the hay.
Maddie wasn’t as interested in the cows this trip. Instead, she wanted to explore the creek and she wanted Kimmie to hike and explore with her. The weather on Day 2 of Winter Weekend Camp was not as pleasant as Day 1. In fact, it was completely brutal!
We bundled up and headed to the creek. Gianna went on the adventure with us also – sporting another one of our UH beanies! The bright red makes it easy for me to spot the grandkids when they are out roaming! Shadow was not going to be left behind!
She loves when the grandkids come to visit! I cannot even begin to say how many layers of clothes that I had on! I felt like the blueberry kid in Willy Wonka or the little brother in Christmas Story!
It is pretty easy to make it down the creek since most of the foliage has lost its leaves. Unfortunately, thorns do not fall off of branches in the winter!
There is a rope bridge that the girls discovered last summer. They didn’t need it to cross the creek during the summer, but it certainly helped with water in the creek!
We found the spot where Maddie and Emory buried a Barbie in the creek bed. Well, she thinks we found it. The creek was pretty dry during the summer when they buried their treasure. She thinks this is the spot of the ‘buried treasure.’ Maybe Maddie and Emory can check it out this summer.
As we crossed the creek, we found another treasure – the herd!
They seemed to be very curious as to why we would be crossing THEIR creek! Gianna and I walked over to ‘talk’ with ‘the ladies.’ We were having a very informative talk about bovines. Of course, Shadow was with us! Then it was time for more creek exploration.
I’m not sure what this made this burrow in the creek bed, but we quickly walked by.
And then it was time for some competition between the girls. Who would come to the end of the tree line at the creek first?
Maddie and I continue to hike down the creek but Gianna went to Grandad who had come to check on us. I think she was recruiting him for her team! She crossed the creek and brought him back to us. Maddie kept forging ahead until she broke the tree line. She was so proud of herself and wanted me to take a victory shot of her!
When it was time to head back to the house, the cows followed us home! Notice Charlie’s layered clothing. It was seriously wet and cold that day! As we started back, we noticed the calf was left behind at the creek. Charlie, Gianna, and Shadow went to check on her. Charlie showed Gianna how to split up and each of them walk Genesis back toward the front of the pasture. The calf made it to the road and trotted away from them. Shadow took over then and drove her back to the rest of the
herd. I wonder what the cows were thinking. They were not bothered at all with all of the commotion. Maybe Mama Cow was telling Genesis that’s what happens when you don’t stay close to me!
Maddie wasn’t wild about feeding the cows mineral cubes so I had her be our photographer. I’m not sure why she doesn’t like having minerals mixed with cow slobber all over her hands! Gianna certainly doesn’t mind cow drool, cow snot, and methane gas. I think I look like a giant raspberry – but the cows don’t seem to mind as long as I share ‘cow candy’ and rub their foreheads!
It was an extremely cold weekend. We’re all getting tire of wearing rain boots and walking on mushy ground. Spring must be around the corner though. The robins have flown north and the daffodils and narcissus in the pastures are in full bloom.
I gave Maddie my camera for part of our hike to take photos and she did a really good job! Here are some of her photos.