North Woods Homestead, Trained Registered Mini Jersey Family Milk Cows & Rare Salmon Faverolles Chickens, Priest River, Idaho
We left Kansas at the end of April in blistering hot weather. Both of us were sunburned by the time the animals and trucks were loaded. We drove until we reached Cheyenne, WY, and stopped to sleep in our trucks. We woke up to snow, sleet, and hail!
Unfortunately, my lack of experience towing a trailer in the snow landed me in the ditch. My insurance sent a tow truck and we recouped for the night in a hotel. The cows and Livestock Guardian Dogs were boarded at the Cheyenne Stockyard. JR and Alan checked on them through the night. They gave them individual attention and we felt very relieved to have professionals looking after our animals in our absence.
Everyone had a chance to dry off, fully rehydrate, and stretch their legs. They had gotten wet and started to shiver. That had us very worried! By morning they were ready to roll.
We spent a few more nights in our trucks. The drive wasn't only long, the road conditions were treacherous in spots. At one point a wasp crawled up my steering column and flew around in my face! I'm allergic so this experience had me hysterical. I drove for days assuming it flew out. Then, as we made the final turn onto our drive in Idaho, he buzzed me again! I haven't seen him since. Good riddance!
We were so relieved to have made it safely with all the animals. Several of the mountain passes were wet and steep, with dropping temperatures after dark making them slick. We're sure the prayers of our friends and family kept us well protected and we're forever grateful.
I'll catch you up soon on all that's been happening since we arrived.