Here are some pictures from my friend's ranch near Las Vegas, N.M. Storms were moving around.
Labor Day party at the Ranch
We are just on a small part of the ranch here. It has cattle on it, but not at the party. The wagon ride is a real challenge for the image stabilizer on the camera. This wagon has rubber tires and springs but the old wagons didn't. Which is why they mostly carried things and the people walked along or rode horses if they could water them.
Nice pictures roybird. I like the open space out in Eastern NM. Looks like you had a good time.
Lovely pictures, roybird. I especially like the spotted horses and the little girl. Oh, and I liked the roasted pig and the stonework. I think about trying to feed 70 horses and pay their vet bills and I think the wagon driver was wise to downsize to 6. Even one horse can be pretty expensive to take care of, which is why I don't have one. Otherwise I love them. Those spotted ones are especially nice.
Beautiful ranch, love the stonework! Looks like an excellent party to me!
Thanks. It is a beautiful place and a great party. Hard to get a bad picture. I wish I could just go out and take pictures there some day. The rancher is a poker friend of my D.H. and to be honest, he and I don't get along all that well! So, I hesitate to ask him to put up with me more than he has to already. Sigh.
Alas. Maybe you could get your DH to ask if he could go there an film and you just go along to help him with the stills for his project? More than one way to skin an unpleasant poker player.
I imagine he wouldn't mind me coming out with D.H. as long as we didn't interfere with normal ranch operations. I get along well with the foreman and his wife who actually do the ranching. l.o.l.
It gets heavy snow in the winter and can be quite windy. It isn't easy getting in and out on 2 miles of dirt road to get to the paved road. The foreman and his wife have three school age children at home. One year he shot a mountain lion right by their house. Not the best companion for the little ones out sledding. As far as I know, bears have not been a problem, though. I think it is a beautiful but pretty demanding life out there. Superb for summer parties, however.
Nice to know some one who owns and maintains such a place and who invites you for parties!
This remains my fav of your trips! Thanks roybird. Do you have those to-die-for-orangey rocks near Sante Fe? (She says as she adds 'extra suitcase for rocks' to her trip list).
There are orangey rocks in NM. Don't know if I'm thinking of what you are and don't know about near Santa Fe. I got some in Western NM that turn shades of Rose, then Purple, then Brown when they are cooked.
O I MUST have some of those for sure! Why were you cooking rocks Dave-who-is-Dave? Did you have a rock party?
I didn't cook them. Nature did. Seems a seam of coal got going at a slow burn and did the cooking.
All colors of rocks around New Mexico. Not quite as spectacular as Death Valley but respectable. Very respectable. Bring a suitcase.
Or truck. Is it okay to import rocks to Canada? I can't imagine that they could cause any harm.
Yupper as long as they're boiled. However I scooped some luvly purpley rocks from the Clark Fork River in MT and forgot to boil them at picante's but borderguy got distracted by the 6 beer in the back of the truck that we forgot to declare so obviously rocks are ok in any shape or condition if you have a beer on you. When we come to visit I'm gonna put a beer in my suitcase ^_^
Great idea to distract border guy with beer! Boiled rocks! How silly! I suppose they are trying to avoid importing, exporting, rock disease or rock fungus. So glad they caught on to the fact that beer was more important. Did they confiscate the beer? Yes, put a bottle in your suitcase when you come to visit.
Yupper disease and more scarey, dormant invasive seed that can lurk in the rock crevices. Nope borderguy didn't confiscate the beer but gave us a lecture. It was very silly IMPO but we acted suitably ashamed. Good idea roybird. Next time we will tell him the beer was boiled.
You know, the rocks could be boiled in beer, perhaps creating a new beverage sensation and we can all make lotsa money! Rocky Mt. Rock-Infused Beer. Infused sounds more classy and healthful than "boiled". There could be a logo of a rock being lowered by a crane, like in a giant tea bag, in to a frothing mug! With a cute muscle guy in a hard hat directing the operation. Outdoorsy and all.
Any particular type of rock, roybird? I should think the right type of minerals would add to a beer. Do you have a recipe? Probably best to boil the rocks prior to the fermentation stage.