On our first day off of the season, most of the students headed in to Silver City to do laundry and pick up necessities that had been used up or forgotten. A few stayed behind to help our hosts with the yearly task of branding and castrating their cattle, and did a fine job as ranch hands. To celebrate the first day off and a successful day of ranch work, Juan, Ramona and family, who also work on the ranch, invited us to an afternoon barbecue. One of our hosts’ least lucky sheep made it into a pot, cooked over a mesquite fire, and served up with fresh tortillas made by Ramona and our students. The day ended with a spectacular sunset at the site, then we packed it in to prepare for another day of work. All in all, a fair way to spend an afternoon. Thanks, Juan and Ramona!