.When I woke up this morning in the Sheridan Wyoming Walmart parking lot I had 10 or 12 other RVs parked around me, when I went to bed last night there were only four, looks like things got busy after I went to sleep.
I drove to Hardin Montana and got a campsite at a KOA, I believe in the last 10 years this is the second KOA I've stayed at since they're not at the top of my list of places to be, there expensive, crowded, and nickel and dime you to death. But in this case I was kind of stuck as the other campground in town didn't look all that great and this was as close as I could get to the ranch I'm going to be staying at for a few days.
Since the ranch is out in the middle of nowhere on a long bumpy dirt road I didn't want to take the Arctic Fox there before I checked out the situation with my truck first. I find it far less stressful to do my scouting without a trailer behind me that's impossible to turn around on a narrow dirt road.
I met some folks at the ranch including the owner and the ranch manager who seem like really nice people. Not only that but they work just as hard and get just as dirty as the ranch hands, and cowboys that work for them.
I believe they told me that the ranch was about 160,000 acres and will often have as many as 10,000 head of cattle with only 10 or 12 permanent people that take care of all that. There's a lot more temporary people here during branding and calving season and when they're cutting the hay.
Today they had brought in a couple of hundred cows off the range and there was a veterinarian here seeing which ones were pregnant and which ones were not using an ultrasound machine.
Tomorrow I'll leave here and drag the Arctic Fox out to the ranch, which I'm kind of dreading because the dirt road is mostly washboard, and park it between the bunkhouse and the horse barn. And since the Cowboys get up at 4 o'clock in the morning to get the horses saddled up and eat breakfast, I'm hoping they tiptoe around quietly so they don't wake me up. But realistically I don't think that's going to happen.