Mike Moutoux's Ranch Notes
Two of Jerry’s oldest grandkids, Charlie and Foster, were down for an extended stay so we worked together on some fence and corral projects. They were a lot of fun and I miss them a bit now that they are back home. They are a lot like me when I was their age; chasing lizards, examining insects, and enjoying all the other distractions of nature. The ranch of course is full of these distractions.
Late in the month, lightning struck a yucca, (often the tallest things around) and started a grass fire, which burned about 100 acres on a neighboring ranch. The fire went through a fence and burned about a dozen wooden posts. Local firefighters got it out by 2 AM and Jerry and I were out first thing fixing the fence. By all accounts the fire seemed pretty impressive at night. We ran into some firefighters who were out the next day and one said when he was headed to the ranch that night he thought the fire line was ten miles long.
Our monsoon season brings rain, but also brings these dry lightning strikes. The grass is just starting to green up in some low places, but more rain is needed to get the pastures greening up. We talk about rain a lot down here; as you might imagine.
We were shoeing horses (a job that requires a good sharp rasp), and Jerry retold a story I’ve always liked. A cowboy is using the edge of a file to turn some horseshoe nails and the rancher sees this and yells, “Hey, I fired a guy twenty years ago for doing that to a file!” Without looking up the cowboy replies, “Yeah, it’s the same file, too."