Eagle Nest Lake Vacation – 11 of 15

In the last two weeks, Katie hadn’t done much beyond fishing on Eagle Nest Lake. She hadn’t joined her parents on their evening forays into the nearby village or countryside, so when Daniel invited her to his family’s ranch, she wasn’t sure what to expect.

The ranch house was at the north end of the valley, beside a small stream that wound between pine trees. Cattle and horses grazed beside it. It looked like a park.

After she met his parents, Daniel took her to the barn.

There were four three-month-old calves. As Katie and Daniel entered the stall, the calves surged toward them. Katie put out her hand and one began sucking her fingers. She gasped at the roughness and intensity of its tongue and then laughed. “It’s hungry,” she said.

“They like you,” Daniel said.

“I like them, too,” she said in surprise. She smiled and scratched a knobby head.

Copyright © 2014 Loretta Miles Tollefson

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