Be the Spark!
Highway 140 makes the perfect cattle trail in southeastern Oregon.
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Jose Villagrana prepares to round up cattle for the day's drive (file photo).
Why did the cows cross the road?
To get to more grass. It's always about food.
Jose Villagrana has been a cowboy since he was a teen.
Videographer Michael Bendixen shoots grazing video for Oregon Field Guide.
The Oregon Field Guide camera shoots out the car window since cows ignore vehicles but get skittish if people stand nearby.
Jose Villagrana graciously agrees to wear a "Cowboy Cam" on his chest during part of the drive.
Jose Villagrana doubles as a lighting assistant by holding the reflector during our interview with fellow cowboy Hank Vaughn.
Cattle head up hill towards a new watering hole.
Viince Patton / OPB
Cows walk nearly single file in an off-road cattle drive.
Cattle move into the sagebrush grasslands of Guano Valley.
The drive ends precisely where the cattle like it best: a watering hole.
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