It all started after dark with mud 10 inches deep, Christopher and Columbus (the beefs), a borrowed cattle trailer (tags two years out of date as a Pike County Sheriff was so kind to point out), our Chevy pick-up, the tractor, Deb (my wife), Ron (our cattle partner), cattle gates
and Old Milwaukee beer
This week I found myself doing a dozen things I never planned on doing--climbing over cattle gates
(in a skirt), detaching audio from a video clip, interviewing a Yale researcher about the mating habits of ticks.
Daily tasks centered on the commonplace--making sure cattle gates
weren't left open after we passed through, wrestling with the rusted locks on the silo's gate, avoiding low-water bridges after storms, what the military called "checklist discipline.
We bump along a dirt track on the west side of the Hawaiian island of Kauai, stopping frequently for Robinson to unlock and relock cattle gates