Sunday, April 3, 2016

Gett'n loopy...

Another big loop day for Dad.  This time we went North East toward the small town of Manton.
A different landscape than the grassy rolling hills on the West side. There are rocks, lots of rocks, for this is volcano country.


The Cowman always said, "if you are going to run cattle in this country you need to ride a horse that was raised here."

oaks, and more rocks...


the occasional ranch house


 and attending barns.


 Further on we were in timber country with apple orchards, and vineyards,


and there is Mt Lassen overseeing it all.




20 comments:

  1. Those look like rock farms, Brig.

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    1. LL, Those are rock ranches, and they are thankful for all those masons and landscapers that use their rocks.

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  2. Wish I had been with you but at least I got to go in pictures. Thanks for sharing:-)

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    1. Annie,
      It would be extra special to have you along!

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  3. Such a lovely drive at this time of year!

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    1. Tabor,
      It is the best time of year to see this country, though each season has it's merits.

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    1. Adrienne,
      I love the old homesteads they have such character. Most places have verandas and/or porches here.

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  5. You keep getting closer. How much water does it take to get a good crop of rocks?

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    1. Odie,
      Best be on the lookout for trouble...
      It's the beauty of rock cropping that their water requirements are minimal. Keeping the rock picker in good running condition is the important thing.

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  6. What a cool trip. You could charge for that one. Sure your Dad enjoyed it and pretty sure you did too.

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    1. APatti,
      It was another good day. Dad enjoyed seeing the country and a large banana split (when we got back to Red Bluff), so he was a happy camper.

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  7. Thanks for the wonderful volcano country pics. Your loop'n trips with your dad bring back so many memories. My pop died early, but before he did, I took him on a backpacking, flyfishing trip into the Trinity Alps in search of big trout west of Callahan. It's still the best trip ever in my memory. Coming out of the backcountry we went east to Shasta and got so drunk on tequila at Lalo's in Shasta Village that we practically had to crawl back to our motel. I learned more about our family history that one night than ever before or after. You're a wonderful daughter for doing these loops with the old guy!

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    1. GruntofMC,
      You are most welcome. I'm glad you got to have that awesome trip with your dad. It's important for them, and more so for us!
      Dad has regaled me with hunting & fishing stories of him and grandpa, and I cherish every one.

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  8. Cowman's quotation is sage. Best to have a horse that has been born and raised picking soft spots among the rocks. Having been on a delightful little pony-trotter up in Yosemite, who got her tiny hoof caught between two rocks and didn't panic, I appreciate Cowman's wisdom. Your photographic journey is the type of blog post that, as you know, I am a sucker for... love the photographs and short narration. Excellent work Brighid...and to think you had your Dad along. The Judge would have joined in eating a banana split. Cheers to your Dad!

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    1. Cheri,
      The Cowman knew whereof he spoke. There was a time the new owners of the home ranch bought a horse and brought him out to the ranch. Come to find out he was not local and had never been outside of small pastures. First time I tried to get him to cross the creek he blew up on me.
      You & the Judge are welcome anytime, I think Dad would stretch to another banana split...

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  9. Well...we will head to Portland this summer to see the grandkids. It would be fun to stop and bring you some more olive oil...

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    1. Cheri,
      We would love to have you & the Judge stop by. I have been saving your wonderful olive oil to have with the next batch of artisan bread I make!

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