While the snow is trying to melt away, despite concerted efforts by Mother Nature to remind us every few days that no, winter isn’t quite over, the ranch is down to a skeleton crew. Where did everyone go? Everywhere! Some of our seasonal staff headed off to their next adventures in life, while others are playing in between the seasons. There are road trippers, campers, world explorers, and those who went home to earn some extra income while the ranch is shut down for a bit. Those of us who spend the full year at the ranch are also taking advantage of the chance to sneak away for a while. Right now baby Althea has packed up her parents to spend some time on the beaches of Florida. After a winter of snowsuits and mittens, she’s happy to dig her feet in the sand! Chol is off living the life of a celebrity chef in Montana, cooking at a big fundraiser for the Back Country Hunters and Anglers. Charlie will be heading out on a Western road trip later this month, and the ranch office gals ditched the office last week to embrace winter one last time on a hut trip near the Nokhu Crags. There is a slight chance that I am writing this blog post looking out over the redwood covered foothills of Northern California following a long run in the woods…..but that may or may not be true.
While the phones still ring, the emails still come in, the horses must be fed, the mares watched for foals to arrive, construction crews need to be overseen, and off-season projects nag us all, it’s a much anticipated break in the action and a great time to regroup, prepare, and gear up for the summer season.
For all our great staff who are out on other adventures right now, please comment with updates of what you’re doing, the sights you’ve seen, and the exploring that is happening during this spring!