But all things must come to an end.
Last week some friends invited me to join them one morning to practice sorting cows. I didn't even think twice before I agreed to not only go but to also pick up a Cowgirl Pal and her horse along the way. I told my Cowgirl Pal that I'd meet her at her barn early so we'd get to the practice with time to spare.
Home alone because it was hunting season, I caught the weather forecast as I was heading to bed. They talked of lows in the 20's, fog and icy road. Oh no! I tossed and turned all night, worried about driving my one ton dually and hauling horses on icy roads with unforgiving 8 foot drainage ditches to greet us should we slide.
I wasn't even finished saddling up Bob and they were calling my name to take my first run. I was stressed from the drive and poor Bob was riding right along on my emotions. Minutes later without any of our preliminary ground work, Bob and I were moving our first cows.
Bob was so tense I felt like I was sitting on a board. I had this sinking feeling we were a recipe for disaster. When Bob spooked, sprinting sideways all the way across the pen, I almost fell off but at the last minute regained my balance. Quite a crowd had gathered to watch the proceedings. I recall thinking as we flew along sideways that I'd be darned if I was going to fall off in front of them.
The old me would have called it a day and gotten off. The new me carried on - a testament to how much my confidence has grown this year. Eventually as I kept riding things got better.
My Cowgirl Pal and I were both chilled by the time we finished. We were off our horses after shaking our legs out to get the circulation back, loaded up and on our way home minutes later. With the sun now up and the roads clear, it was an uneventful drive back home.
But I knew as I pulled into our barnyard that I was finished hauling for the year. As I write this it's sleeting outside. Snow is predicted tonight. It's time to shut it down for the winter. I'm sad to see it end but I'm left with great memories of the times I've had and wonderful people I met. You can bet Bob and I will be back on the road next spring.