Linda-Lou Howarth enjoys the scenery while driving on Highway 97 to visit a friend and as the last shadows of the day fall comes across her rancher husband herding cows.

Linda-Lou Howarth enjoys the scenery while driving on Highway 97 to visit a friend and as the last shadows of the day fall comes across her rancher husband herding cows.

Meandering through a beautiful fall in the Chilcotin

Friday, Sept. 28, I drove to Cariboo Flats to visit the Ganos, our daughter Melodie`s family, a beautiful drive this time of year!

Friday, Sept. 28, I drove to Cariboo Flats to visit the Ganos, our daughter Melodie`s  family, a beautiful drive this time of year!

The leaves are all a brilliant yellow, dancing on the poplar trees and some got carried away a-floating to the ground creating a spectacular array against the dark blue sky,  making me smile in delight!

In my rearview mirror I could see the leaves fluttering on the highway behind me, seeming to scurry around for a good place to land, almost like a postcard picture moment!

Since talking on the cell phone is not a good idea I decided that driving and snapping pictures with my digital probably fits in that category too, even though with the sun shining on the fluttering variety of bright sunny colored leaves on the banks of the road seemed to tempt me I just kept on driving as I snapped pictures in my mind!

Driving along Highway 20 headed towards Cariboo Flats takes my breath away as the scenery is  very distracting with gorgeous mountains off in the distance, this time of year a wide variety of colours of leaves creates a bright contrast to the evergreen trees standing proudly along the hilly and mountainous terrain.

As I drove along I ranted to myself on how I just have to get myself a second battery for my camera.

I could have taken so many good pictures of the scenery except I was “saving”my battery!

Besides the leaves there is such a variety of different fences along the highway, log fences, wire fences, tree over fences, low fences, fences made higher, all with eye catching logs that stuck in my mind as a good picture!

As well so many òld log buildings in various stags of decay. Oh what stories they could tell!

Some are right on the edge of a flowing creek or river, I’m sure they were never intentionally built there but the running water must have washed away banks!

Further along I saw “cowpies” on the road, so had to be on the lookout for livestock, sure enough one  cow was nursing her calf right in the middle of the road, when I drove by her I hollered “get off the road, your going to get hit!” at which she switched her tail  at me in disdain!

Anyway the sun was setting already… eek I thought I have to get going because I said to expect me by such ‘n such a  time,  but have you seen the sunsets out west.

A very pretty show near Williams Lake, but throw in the yellow trees and the snowy-capped mountains, now I am really distracted and all of a sudden there is my husband Evan, pushing cows down the road, so I slam on the brakes and proceed to take blurry pictures cause I don’t have the dang camera set  right.

By the time I get it right the sun is gone and it’s too dark … ach!  But I got a couple anyway.

Being as it is getting to be “that time of year” riders are crossing the road with cows or moving cows down the road, hunters are heading to the  mountains in search of the “big one”  just be careful on the highways for the cowboys and cows as they head to the fall range.

It is a very important time of year for the ranchers since this is when the cows are rounded up, the calves are weaned and the stock is hauled to the stockyards to be sold.

The result of the sales tells the story of how well the stock has been tended to and how well the rancher has handled the care of the stock.


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