Monday 6 September
All of our group have a background of a country childhood. When researching for our trip, Jocelyn tried to book a tour with the 'Texan Longhorn Wagon and Safaris'. We were disappointed that on the day we were to be in Charters Towers, the tour was fully booked, but we were put on a cancellation list. We hadn't heard anything when we were only a few days away from Charters Towers. A phone call was made and we were delighted that we were able to juggle our itinerary and visit on the morning, of the day of our Charters Towers departure.
The tour was offically from 8.30 to 11 pm. We, along with most of the visitors, arrived at 8am. We were made so very welcome that it was after 12 pm when everyone departed. An absolutely wonderful morning! So glad we didn't miss seeing these amazing beasts.
Michael and Lynda Bethel had spent all their lives in the bush, breeding cattle. In 1996 they established the HORSESHOE B LONGHORNS, Texas Longhorn herd on 1100 acres. These cattle are among the 'most famous and iconic breeds of cattle in history. The cattle on this property are direct descendants of the millions of Texas Longhorns that walked in the great trail herds from Texas in the late 1800's."
Many of the steers have horns spanning 250 cm or 100 inches, tip to tip. JR was a Guiness World Record Holder with his horns exceeding 3.15 m, [10 feet 4 inches.
Michael and Lynda were perfect hosts and it was obvious that they have a great love for the land and these animals.
Their motto - "Do what you love and love what you do and you will never have to work a day in your life!"