So to continue on about my trip to the north part of the state last Wednesday. Jack (WCA Executive Vice President) does a great job of exceeding the speed limit and the same time participates in the conversation without taking his eyes away from the road for more than a few minutes at a time. At one juncture we had to decide either to take the Keller ferry route or the
The tour started at the Malo Grange hall which had many luxury amenities such as both indoor and outdoor bathroom facilities. There were many cattlemen and women and some community members as well as many people that work for various government agencies. I was happy and impressed as the meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance. There were some opening remarks, introductions and discussion and then we boarded 3 school buses to start our tour. It was raining pretty steadily that day and would continue to rain most of the day. Our first stop was the Malo community corrals just north of town. These corrals have been used for many years by cattlemen in the area to hold and ship calves to market and sometimes as a place where auctions were held. Users of these corrals must be a Ferry county cattlemen’s member, a
We then reloaded the busses to head up Tonasket creek to view a solar powered well stock watering project. This is when the fun began. I was in the first bus and we were about half way up the mountain to where we were going when we hit a rock, bounced sideways and spun out. We walked the rest of the way to the well and eventually our mode of transport made it to us with some towing and tire chains. At this point I was very amused that only a bunch of cowboys would try to take some school buses to somewhere that probably should not be traveled to in a jeep. At this stop we also learned about the county and states efforts to use an insect that consumes a noxious weed and has helped to improve the range in the area.
We next proceeded to another part of the Strandberg ranch where the focus was about native and non-native grass species as well as the importance of
After lunch we once again loaded the busses to travel up the South fork of
There was no assigned seating on the buses and I noticed that our bus had about as much tread on the tires as a stockcar on a Monday morning. I kind of hung back and when my original bus was full hurriedly boarded the bus with the best tire tread. What I had not taken into consideration was this bus was driven by a woman so I still felt my chance of meeting St. Peter or worse was fairly high on the trip back off the mountain. Then our driver decided to be first bus in line going down the narrow road. I was thinking that it would be best to be last so that when the first two buses plummeted off the cliffs we would at least know where to slow down and proceed with caution. I will admit that our lady driver did a spectacular job of keeping any of us from meeting our ends and got us safely back to the grange hall. Thanks to all who helped put together a great tour and an informative day.
Today’s real environmentalist species found on the ranch is Big head clover aka Trifolium macrocephalum.
Today’s picture is an example of how you build a runaway truck ramp in