It just dawned on me that we are half way thru driving season here in Idaho that is unless October is kind and continues to be mild giving us another blessed driving month. For some prairie farmers harvest is now underway, we are probably a week away from starting. Jim is busy getting everything prepared for the two weeks it takes us to get it done.
Harvest severely cuts into my driving. I have to stay close to home in the hay and bluegrass fields and then slowly start venturing into the fields that are harvested while staying off the busy roads. It’s either that or throw a saddle on Merlin and get him started riding. That is a possibility too!
This means Day Canyon drives will soon be coming to a halt, this has been a long time driving favorite. It’s a challenge to drop 100 feet off the prairie in a quarter of a mile. That is on the south side where our farm is located. For a few moments we enter into the solitary world of canyon life. Deer, Coyotes, Elk, Cows and Calves, Hoot Owls, Song Birds like Meadowlarks and Killdeers, stately popular trees of homesteads long gone are situated near a year round creek are all a part of this beautiful canyon existence.
This photo was taken this morning in the bottom looking towards the east.
The north side of the canyon is a 110 foot drop in less than a quarter of a mile, by far the steeper side. On top it opens up many more driving avenues for us from an assortment of roads to enough fields to keep us going for miles and miles and into other deep canyons.
This photo shows the hill that hides us for a few moments to oncoming traffic. Stopping and listening at the bottom is very important and gives me a chance to make some decisions as to how and where to let the traffic go by us. This morning I could see the bee man’s truck coming loaded with hives he was relocating. Darn, I thought, this could be a real deal breaker if he has a bunch of angry bees following him. We lucked out with the truck and even at home as the bees had a chance to settle down before we arrived. I’ve had the angry bee experience and I do not want a repeat!
This photo was taken with Luc and Galahad looking into the western part of Day Canyon at our resting spot just a couple of days ago.
It was down to 44 degrees overnight. When we left the farm it was a cool 60 with about a 5 mile per hour breeze. By 10:30 it was up to 72 degrees, so I sure could not complaint about the temperatures. The boys were out driving over 2 hours and covered 6.04 miles. They never even broke a sweat under their collars. Next drive will be Sunday morning, unless harvest for us starts early!