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Jul 8, 2006 - Hooper Ranch

SATURDAY, JULY 8 About mid-morning I drove out to the Hooper Ranch to visit with Sam and Nina Hooper. Nina was one of my college roommates. We had not seen each other since my wedding (a month after graduation), when she served as one of my bridesmaids. I would not have recognized her. Today was the least "normal" of my trip so far. Sam and Nina and two day hands were branding and vaccinating calves. I had never before seen that done. Their brand is a cross over two bars. During this process the cows were standing outside the holding pen...

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