Venturing into ranch country

Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Having done our best to see the sights of Cheyenne on Saturday Gina suggested that we venture into the neighboring ranch country and see some real working ranches.  Accordingly, after I had picked her up at 12 pm, we headed north along I-25 (also called Yellowstone Road) and after a couple of miles we turned left onto Horse Creek Road (also named county 211).  It was grassland with herds of cattle scattered throughout the territory.  Mountains were looming in the background.  We made our first stop at T.C. Berry's ranch.  No one was at home, maybe they were in church and afterwards attended a family gathering, so we walked about the yard and had a look at the old barn dating back a hundred years or more.  In this part of the country they don't have farms or farmers - they have ranches and ranchers.  So I learned a little about raising cattle.  The young cattle males are castrated and will become meat cattle.  The testicles, properly cooked, are called Rocky Mountain Oysters and are considered a delicacy.  Enjoy your meal!  Gina has, she says. 
We then continued along 211 and finally came to a ranch called Horsecreek Cattle Co. (the ranches are all incorporated).  After a while the owner, Dave Berry, a friend of Gina's, showed up.  We had a nice chat, and I took some photos of his fabulous place.  They had just had a wedding, he said.  No wonder, they can easily accommodate hundreds of people.  The ranch was located at the end of 211, and that's where the road ended.  We therefore drove back leisurely the same way we came in, top down as before, 40-50 mph, and soaked in the great nature surrounding us.  How many cars did we see on our 50 mile long tour?  10, 15 maybe.
Back in Cheyenne it was dinnertime.  Gina took us to a Mexican restaurant, where we had delicious burritos and I a margarita and a Mexican beer.
Next Sunday the Cheyenne Frontier Days begin.  As an old radio and tv reporter she has access to the press room at the rodeo stadium.  It's located just above all the action.  I will have the pleasure of joining her then.  Gina is a working girl during the week, so I decided to head south to Colorado, and I'm currently at Estes Park close to the Rocky Mountains National Park.               
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Wow, what a wonderful day it was!! I do hope you are enjoying a different kind of the West in Estes Park. Be careful or the elk will run you off the road. Lol

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