Attorney Mark Coleman Finds Peace in Annual Cattle Drive
Mark Coleman is a criminal defense attorney who spends his summers participating in cattle drives as a way to take a break from the stress of his job. During the drives, he leads a herd of 320 beef cattle on a journey of about 80 miles over a period of four days. The drive begins in Raymond, Madera County and ends in Iron Creek above Fish Camp, and is organized by Diane Bohna, who has extensive experience with cattle and is able to "read" the animals.
"My phone don't work up here, which is the best part. As soon as I hit that turnoff, I'm done."
Modern-day cowboys, including PRCA saddle bronc rider Logan Naillon, are also hired to help guide the cattle. The cattle spend about three and a half months grazing in the high country before being collected and butchered for grass-fed beef. The cattle drive provides a chance for Coleman to relax and find serenity in the Sierras.