Some folks call our fabulous housekeepers “fairies” as they flit in and out without anyone knowing, cleaning up messes and tidying up our guests homes. But, we have another set of magical creatures at the ranch. The Ranch hand “elves”. These guys come this time of year, and don’t always flit in quite as discreetly as the housekeeping fairies, but still leave magical surprises behind. In October, you may have seen a picture of the elves delivering the sleigh to the Great room. This week they were delivering a Santa hat to our favorite moose, as well as a few other fun chores while the scaffolding was laid out. Dusting beams, replacing light bulbs, all in a days work for a ranch hand elf leading into the holidays. Carson, Gov and Rob make for great elves….now they just need little hats and funny boots.
As we get closer to opening day of our winter season, when folks come in for a Colorado holiday vacation or just fun in the snow with their family and other loved ones, more and more elves will be delivering surprises. Christmas trees, garland, lights and more festive fun.
We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. If you follow us regularly, you may have noticed we went silent for a while there. I had all intentions of writing some updates while I was away, but seemed to get too distracted going for walks in the redwoods in Northern California with my family. Banana slugs, redwood cones, huge fall leaves were all part of our fun. Thankfully, Nathan and Rucker were willing to stay behind and hold down the fort at the ranch. Although the phones and emails can follow us wherever we go, the horses don’t take a vacation, so someone has to stay behind. Steve and Kelli hosted them for Thanksgiving dinner, so they still got to enjoy some time with good friends and yummy food.
Next week we start orientation for our new staff, and gear up for the season. We’ll keep you posted as we get ready to open for the winter vacation season. Please do your snow dances! It’s come and gone, but we’re ready for more now.