Happy election day! We had a great day today. We went up to the ranch and checked it out. This rancher is an absolute rock star. He is being so gracious and flexible. God is definitely giving us a great gift. We checked out the pasture that we’re going to be living in and scouted out some areas to pitch our tent. Our mentor suggested we ask if we could build an outhouse so that we don’t have to dig cat holes anymore and he said yes. Later in conversation it came up that he had a backhoe so I asked him if he be willing to dig us a hole and he said yes.
Tomorrow’s adventure will involve packing everything up and moving to the ranch. I get to talk with a couple of my favorite ladies tomorrow to which will be awesome. Tonight we got to catch up with our friend Daniel. We’re supposed to have a potluck for a community group but it got canceled and Daniel asked if anyone was going to zoom in so it was just me, Wesley, and Daniel chatting about what was going on in our lives.
Hopefully when we get moved over to the ranch I’ll get a chance to get some pictures of the wildlife in that area. They have oryx, pronghorn antelope, and mule deer. There’s a badger that lives up by the water holding tank in the pasture were in. I do not hope to meet him ever. Apparently back in the 1970s somebody brought oryx back from Africa. They’ve done very well and are pretty well populated. It is hunting season so once the outfitter who hunts this ranchers land is done leading elk hunts, then he’ll probably be on the land we’re on leading hunts for oryx. Apparently they’re pretty good size animal. When I googled it, it said that they weigh up to 450 pounds. Hunters are really their only predator. The rancher was saying that they have hunted oryx on his land with 38 inch horns. He said the only thing that might naturally kill them will be a mountain lion but with 38 inch horns, it might not go so well for the mountain lion. He said in all his years he’s only seen one black bear cub ever on his land. He thought the mom probably got hit on the road. We also drove up to Capitán, which is the home of smoky the bear. The state animal for New Mexico is the Black bear.
well, it’s cold and I am snuggled up in bed. I think I’m going to go to sleep, and I can find out who won the election in the morning. I have a sneaking suspicion that things are probably going to get recounted in the morning anyway so why stay up late to try to figure out who won?