AHWAHNEE – It’s that time of year again when ranchers start moving their cattle up to the high country and summer pasture.
This weekend, Tom Bohna and the rest of the crew will be driving about 350 head of cattle through the Ahwahnee area, on through Fish Camp and up to the Long Meadow area where they’ll enjoy the summer grasses for about three months.
You’ll want to know this for two reasons –
One: if you’re traveling Highway 49 or 41 during these short windows of time, you may be delayed as the cattle drive crosses the roadway.
And two: it’s something you don’t see very often any more, and you may want to “set a spell” and watch the cowboys and cowgirls at work.
On Saturday, June 16, the drive will move up Road 619 in the early morning and will cross in Ahwahnee at the Hitching Post at 6:30 a.m., before heading north on Road 628.
On Sunday, June 17, they will arrive in the Fish Camp area and cross Highway 41 near the Tenaya Lodge at 11:30 a.m.
Tom, who has been making this trek for about 40 years, says it will take 15 – 20 minutes for the herd to cross the highway each day.