Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Grandpa & Nanny's Ranch

Meet Grandpa (my daddy)and Nanny (his sweet wife)!
She is the one driving the truck to take these very excited boys up the crick creek or stream for you Californians so they can float down on this tractor tube.
He's the handsome one with his foot up on the back bumper.


We just got back from a week long trip to their ranch in South Dakota and a family reunion.
It was all Nanny's idea to let these boys go down the crick. She made sure the tube was ready, had Grandpa patch it up, and tied the rope on for them.
She is a born and raised rancher. A for real Pioneer Woman if I ever saw one.
She once chased hunters or poachers off her property in her pick up, ran them off the road and took their guns from them. 
Kind, fun, a true friend, hostess to the core, and a tough lady. 
That's Nanny. 

These boys love her and she has taken them in like her own. 

Here they go!


And here are my two favorite grown men in the world, waiting for those boys to come floating down.

Here they come around the bend. All still alive and in tact.

Hottie Husband is lifting up the barbed wire which I found out is called a water gap.
I think it keeps the cattle where they are supposed to be or something.

Yes, lets not cut our necks while we are having so much fun!




In this one, you can see Nanny running to meet the boys at the other end of the property.
See the boys on the left, under the tree.
This whole stretch of the crick in on their property. 


And they all arrive safely.

Nanny and the girls (me, my sister and niece) also went for a ride on the tube and each took turns falling in. It was hilarious and a blast.


They also have quads, motorcycles, longhorns, horses that graze on the ranch (these belong to Nanny's other very talented rodeoing grand kids who win pick-ups and trailers and drop in at the ranch when they can). 

Grandpa even took time to get this little guy to giggle. 

The ranch is a place of many adventures, but Grandpa and Nanny keep a spick and span house they are both very hard workers  so there is this nice bucket outside to rinse your feet in.

But, Jackie Boy thought his whole self needed a good rinse so he climbed right in.


DeanO said...

Tubing the river - what awesome fun. My wife and tubed in California for years with friends - We stopped river rafting when we figured out we could tube for free and all day long - Great Pics

donahugh43 said...

So glad your back. Loved the pictures. Loved the ranch Hope to see it someday.

Angelica Bays, TygrLilies.com said...

Lucky,Lucky,Lucky Boys!!

Brigetta's Mom said...

Thanks for the great story and pictures! Glad nobody drowned on the way down...Where's the girls tubing pictures:-) Bet nobody had the camera...LoL

The Brewers said...

very fun!

MamaMonki said...

Looks super fun!

Lindsey said...

Oh my that looks like so much fun! Glad yall had a blast on the ranch!

Farmgirl Paints said...

We head that way on Friday on our way to Colorado. Looks like a fun filled day. I've never been tubing like that. I would Love it!!

partialemptynester said...

Such fun!!! What a cool nanny and sweet Grandpa...and a great place to get to visit!!!