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Just a Summer Day

We moved the first calf heifers down from Dry Creek, one of three old homesteads that make up part of the ranch. As young cows will be, they were lost for the first few miles. Finally, one of the older cows that were in with the bunch figured out where they were headed and lined out for home. It was a good day with an early morning start before the heat.


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Dry Creek sits in the middle of the ranch, with an old quaking aspen log cabin and mountain meadow pastures along the creek that runs through the yard.

Photo by Robin Boies

Photo by Robin Boies

If you follow the drainage up you get into high aspen grove mountain terrain. Dry Creek Mountain is the steepest part of the ranch, full of mountain riparian areas, wildlife, a barite mine and the tangle of roads that accompany mining operations. There are days spent wondering if it is worth running cows in this particular area.

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Photo by Robin Boies

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Photo by Robin Boies

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About Robin Boies

Robin Boies
Robin Boies is the product of a northern Texas cattleman and a city-bred girl from Boulder, Colorado. As a child Boies remembers Sunday's marked by church school and the weekly sermon, followed by an afternoon of Pitch or Twenty-one with red, white, and blue poker chips stacked neatly in front of her. When it came to culture it was sublime opera in the house and Hank Williams in the green Chevy pick-up truck. Boies found herself in Steptoe Valley north of Ely, Nevada, at age seventeen. For the past 28 years Boies has lived 45 miles north of Wells, Nevada, at the Vineyard Unit of Boies Ranches with her husband Steve. There they raised three children, Teema, Nathan, and Samuel. Teema enters Gonzaga University this fall to pursue a graduate degree. Nathan is back in college when not at the ranch after a service engagement in the 101st Airborne, and Samuel graduated from high school last year and has been in New Zealand since September 2005. While tending to the needs of the ranch Boise works to understand and tell the stories of contemporary ranching culture through writing and videography.
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