Yesterday at our Wyoming Dude Ranch it was 10 below zero. This morning it was 15 below zero. It has been colder but but when the wind picks up and the wind chill gets down to negative 30 that is cold enough. When the the temperatures drop like this trucks don’t start, pipes can freeze, and outdoor work is down right miserable. Those of us in charge of the livestock, like Bill Ferguson, don’t have a choice but to venture out into the cold. The cattle and horses need extra feed and water and access to open water can be a problem out in the pastures. Two to three times a day ice must be chopped and cleared from tanks and streams.
We know the deep freeze won’t last forever, but the warm days of spring seem a long way off. The snow covered pines in the background and the ice covering Wolf Creek are beautiful sights and makes us appreciate the change of seasons here in Wyoming at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains. And it makes us appreciate even more the warmer days ahead when the snow and ice will melt, making way for the green grass of spring that will follow.