On the Ranch Journal
Paravicini has lived and ranched in Wyoming all of her life. These are
excerpts from her diary of daily life on the family Pearson Angus Ranch
northwest of Daniel...
July 29-August 4 Getting our moods, mentalities,
and equipment geared up for the grinding hay season. Gotta get out
there and round up whatever grass chanced to grow. Looks like the
crop will be real short this year. What a bad year to need to buy
a baler and a rake. Will just have to bite the bullet, cinch up the
belt, and do the best we can to pay for 'em.
August 5-11 Talked to the Schwan man this afternoon.
He told how a mad moose had harassed one of our neighbors, up river,
while she was following her usual walking route. Michelle made it
home safely, though. Because of the unusual behavior of the moose,
her husband, Fred, jumped onto a four-wheeler to check out the situation.
He soon discovered that the mom moose's calf was hung up in a fence.
It was still alive, so he cut the wires, and it happily rejoined its
August 12-18 Predator now eating pullets (teenaged
chicks). Gobbled down three, so far. Can't figure this one. Whatever
it is, is like "sleeping with the enemy;" it silently befriends
the hens, then picks a plump little lady right off the roost and rips
her to shreds, leaving only a museum worthy skeletal remnant. And,
so stealthy and sneaky is this "sharp-tooth," that the docile
hens contently continue to lay 18-20 eggs each day. Now, think about
it...a skunk is a rather lazy, little character with not the greatest
IQ; a raccoon - much smarter than to tackle three foot of dirt and
rocks. So is it - a fox, perchance? Can't say for sure, but after
futile attempts to live trap the varmint and subsequently catching
three skunks and a barn cat - none of which turned out to be the great
and mighty tunnel digger, we had no choice but to lay out a trail
set with a steel trap. A bite with no mercy! Take that you tender
chickie eater! Well, come next morn, we'd caught another skunk. I
fully believed that the 24-hour diner would now close for the season,
but, NO...by next dawn's early light, the invisible menace was back
to his excavating! Big time frustration! What's next?
Hey, y'all take care now...till next time...!
Where did that story go?!? The stories from earlier front pages aren't gone. We just move them to the monthly journal pages to make room for the latest diary entries on the front page. See the Journal Index for a listing of all previous front page journal entries!
|The Pearson Angus Ranch is located approximately 2 miles
northwest of Daniel, Wyoming, and 11 miles west of Pinedale, where she
lives along with her husband, Rudy. Historic old Fort Bonneville, built
in the late 1800s, is located next to her family's ranch. Cris is a writer
and photographer for The
Sublette County Journal newspaper, where you can find more of her
accounts of life on the ranch. Cris can be reached by e-mail at: email@example.com.
Copyrights: Photos and page text content copyrighted,
Cris Paravicini, 2001. No part may be reproduced without permission
of the author/photographer. Page graphics copyrighted, Pinedale Online,