21 Days of snow, And Counting

When most people think of New Mexico, they think of arid, desert conditions. However, New Mexico has a surprising number of wonderful ski resorts. Back at the ranch, we normally see snowfall a few times a year. If we do get any quantity, it is usually gone within a week.

December has been unusual back at the ranch. We have had snow on the ground for over 21 days and we are still covered. Three major storms and one minor has kept our ground white.

When you have livestock to tend to, snow can be a major hazard. You have to get out, break the ice and feed everything. This is usually done before you feed yourself.

The benefits of all of this snow are many. Thus far, we have not had to fight the mud to get to the livestock and we know next spring will be green with life giving grass growing across the ranch. Soon, new calves will be arriving and summer will be much easier.

For now, it is a struggle to get up each morning and to dress for the negative temperatures. Getting vehicles started is a chore as is getting to the cows and horses to ensure they are tended to. Then it’s back to the ranch house to cook a huge breakfast to replenish our energy.

One can only look across the high drifts of snow and dream of a green spring back at the ranch.

December 26, 2011  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Uncategorized

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