Don’t Fence Me In…05/28/13

I think I mentioned in a previous blog that when I moved back home one of the first things I did was ask Sam to involve me in as much stuff as he could handle (or as much as he thought I could handle).

I had helped Sam one previous time walking fence line in order to repair damage done by; winter storms, fallen trees, dumb cattle, deer, elk and bear…just to name a few.  I must have learned just enough because Sam invited me to go along with himself and Mike Buchert.  Mike was getting ready to release cattle on some land not too far from the Wauconda Cafe, near the Diamond Bell Ranch & Walker Lake (oddly enough named after Sam’s family).

Mike is a Marine (as most of you know there is no “retired” Marine) and it shows.  That man goes determined…I mean everything is seemingly done with purpose.  And did I mention stride?  Holy smokes, when I worked previously with Sam we kept about the same pace, however with Mike….well let’s just say if I had attempted to keep pace with him, he would have walked my boot heels off and I probably would have had a heart attack.

Is this beautiful country or what?  The northern side of this section is the U.S./Canadian border.  Spectacular.
Is this beautiful country or what? The northern side of this section is the U.S./Canadian border. Spectacular.
Mike managed to break the trigger on his chainsaw.  He's doing his best to field repair it with a makeshift trigger.
Mike managed to break the trigger on his chainsaw. He’s doing his best to field repair it with a makeshift trigger.
So about that makeshift trigger...it's made out of barbed wire...ya gotta love the "adapt and overcome" mentality.  I'm learning it.
So about that makeshift trigger…it’s made out of barbed wire…ya gotta love the “adapt and overcome” mentality. I’m learning it.

I had a great time working with these guys and am honored they included me.  Hopefully I’ll find myself in their company again.

Trees of every size and shape.
Trees of every size and shape.

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