I would consider myself adventurous. My friend Kari wanted me to experience a little of what life is like on her family's ranch so I agreed to play along. I headed out to the ranch located two hours West of Spokane outside of a small town where there aren't any stoplights or grocery stores to be found. However, I did notice a blacksmith and a post office.
This is her way of life year round. The cows are out to pasture at the moment, so I decided to tag along while she moved them to another pasture. Trading horses for ATV's, we headed out to herd the cows from one stretch of land to the next. It's a good thing she knew where we were driving and what we were doing. There were bumps, holes, drop offs, etc in the ground that I didn't notice until I was right up against it. The last time I sat on an ATV I was 16 and it was a three wheeler. As I was going up a hill, I didn't distribute my weight high enough so I jumped off and the ATV went crashing down the hill. Of course, I didn't mention this to Kari at the time.
working ranch in Arizona where they branded cows in front of us. Wasn't the most pleasant sight but it's what they do to keep Americans fed.
Thank you Kari for the tour! She will be featured in my "Women's Work" project. To see more photographs of these women, click HERE