Saturday, December 25, 2010

A SPECIAL VISIT WITH MOTHER NATURE AT CHRISTMAS SUNRISE

Last midnight the Black Hills Pack Goats, the chickens, dogs and Lee had enjoyed a special quiet Christmas eve in the forest, with the full moon's silver light glistening on the frosty snow and frozen fog on the pine needles.  We homebound forest beasts all promised to get up at the crack of Christmas dawn and walk again together in the forest as it wakes up.



The morning light tapped ever so lightly on the goats' front door. 

The goats were rising from bed just as I arrived.
"Hey, Lee.  Are we still going out for breakfast?" 

"We'll just nibble a few bites before we go." 


"Hey!  Don't forget us!" 

"Hmmm... Maybe we'll just stay here and clean up after the goats." 

Lee, we may nibble some free needles here and forego the hike.

Hey, Goats.  What's the holdup?  Let's go!

OK, Lee.  We're here as promised.  
Do we have to just stand around?
Let's go for a real hike, darn it.

OK, Lee.  You stand around and take pictures.
We'll be over here eating at the buffet. 

Click on photo's of scenery for larger images.

Did you want us goats in this one?


Here's a good one.  Get a picture of this one, Lee.

OK, I'm ready.  Take my picture with some needles in the foreground.

The forest makes a beautiful church to attend for Christmas,
and make sense of the real world.



Monday, December 20, 2010

THE GOATS CELEBRATE A SPECIAL KIND OF WHITE CHRISTMAS

The Black Hills Pack Guys were staring from the barn up at the white-frosted forest of pine needles on the high ridge.  Normally, luscious green pine needles are their favorite treat in winter, but during the wintry snow season, they go nuts for pine needles that are "seasoned" frosty white with frozen fog.  (For evidence, observe Harney's tongue, licking the tasty frost from his lips.)  First, though, before going out for such a special Christmas occasion they insisted on wearing their dress-up neck-muffs.



Sunday, December 12, 2010

PACK GOATS HELP GATHER FIRE WOOD

The dogs wanted to lay around inside, "roasting by an open fire".
So we headed out on a sunny chilly day to gather kindling.
All the dogs came along to supervise.  
It takes a special kinda wood to toast a dog rump just right.

We went up past the high meadow where the best kindling is.


After loading every one up, Sturgis leads the way home.


Almost home.  Been here about 350 times. 
The dogs set a fast pace, anxious to get back to a warm fire.

Yup.  The pups seem to approve of the Yuletide fire...
"Roasting dog butts by an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose..."

Saturday, December 4, 2010

PACK GOATS GO TO THE DOGS ON A WINTER HIKE

Just a short jaunt out of the barnyard on a whispy-crispy day following our great old-west buffalo hunt.  (Kinda sorta).  The Boyz are agarb with hunting season fashion statements.  Dogz too.  Guess which of the svelte superhiker caprines weigh over 300 pounds.  (Hint:  There are no wrong answers.)













SOUTH DAKOTA STYLE BUFFALO HARVESTING

Three of our families went together to buy buffalo meat...on the hoof...self-serve carry-out...fresh.  We hired a family over on the Reservation to harvest one of the buffalo from their humble buffalo ranch.  We all loaded it in to my truck (which was appropriately wearing my www.SkyBISON.com logo) then took it to a meat processor in Rapid City.