Just for a bit of fun or in the interest of the moment I thought I would tour you of the parts of the farm I talk about — The Back Forty and the Upper End.
This is the head gate…you’ve been here many a’time with me, but I’m going to start here…where the lifeblood of the land (the irrigation water) starts
Those are two alfalfa fields on either side of the irrigation road. They are not our fields but our neighbor’s.
To get to the head gate we go past lots of ‘fun to hide in’ areas. (Fun for the cows when we had them.)
When we had cows this was their favorite pasture. We call this the Upper End. It is the Upper End of our place. You can see one of our alfalfa fields in the corner.
The Upper End is full of hills and dales. When the kids were little we would take them and their little plastic sleds and head up here and go sledding in the winter.
Shannon had a goat, Bambi, and the dogs who always went with us…the dogs didn’t sled, but Bambi always road down on his own sled every time. He would even help pull it back up for another go at the hill. 🙂
From the Upper End we take the only road over to the Back Forty,
That is Terry the tiny blue dot going toward the Back Forty.
The Back Forty is stunning (in my opinion). All of the front of the photo is our land. The view is from the hill on the Back Forty. Our land ends way over to where you see the two trees and the dry looking spot. This was also the area that burned, a couple of years ago.
I could take you to the Burn Road, but I didn’t this time. The Burn Road is the road Terry built so the fire trucks could make it to the burn instead of waiting for the fire to ‘get closer’. The ‘get closer’ was almost a disaster –coming 1 foot from the equipment and 5 feet from Misty’s house and barn. “Never again,” he said, so he built a road. I’ll have to do that sometime, just so you can see the West side of the place.
We are not big, we are small farm, but we are lovely farm full of diverse lands and wonderful pastures. At the new alfalfa field
You can see the into the south west portion of the Uncompahgre Plateau. You say “Un-come-pah-gray,” meaning — rocks made red by water, rocks that make red water, or just plain dirty water.
Between the two blue mountains (part of the Plateau and another mesa) is Grand Junction
This is a little further away so you can image the span.
Well that is a short little trip to give you and idea of the places I talk about when I say the Back Forty or the Upper End.
Thank you for coming along for the ride,