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Rows of bread

Dace and I walked into the kitchen this morning to see Rob working away at his new pastry section. Lined up on the counter next to it were rows and rows of fresh baked bread. I’m one of those people who, before working here, considered bread to be the kind of food product that you buy in a store. No one actually makes it from scratch do they? Well, I’ve learned that not only do a lot of people make it from scratch but that there is a complete art to bread making. Ever since his class in bread making this spring, Rob has been spending all his free time (yes, the guy comes in late at night and on his day off to do this) tinkering with his recipes and perfecting his ideal breads. If you ask me, they all taste pretty darn good. But he’s still not quite satisfied. Then, in case that isn’t enough of a challenge for him, he’s now talking about homemade pretzels, homemade donuts, and more. Dude, give yourself a break. Go fishing. Take a little time off!

On another note….as we head into our second week of guests we want to send a big Happy Father’s Day out to all the dads out there who can’t be here to celebrate Father’s Day in ranch style. We’ll raise a glass of beer to each of you tonight and knaw on some prime rib at dinner (Steve will taste some tender salmon instead) and wish you all a happy Father’s Day!

Ranch News

With many of us squeezing in vacation time the past couple weeks, it’s been pretty quiet around the Steamboat Springs resort town and our ranch.  This week the long term crew begins to roll back in.  Ben is the last one to arrive back, hot off the beaches of Mexico where he and Holly snuck away for a little romantic getaway.  Our pre-season kick-off meeting with all the managers will be this Thursday, and then we’ll all go running with our to-do lists.  As we race around getting ready for the staff to arrive, and the ensuing orientation weeks, we’re anxiously watching the sun melt the snow.  It turns out we have had a blockbuster, off the charts winter.  The news is saying that the Steamboat Springs resorts area has set an all-time record for the Colorado mountain resorts.  In April, we got 27 days of snow.  Too bad the Steamboat Ski Area didn’t extend it’s winter vacation season!  So, the hiking guides may be doing their training on snowshoes as we wait for the snow pack around our dude ranch to melt away prior to opening day.  We’re going to have some fun adventures with snow still up in the high country.  It will be like no summer I’ve ever seen.  I bet we’ll be able to find snow up at the highest peaks in August…so get ready for snowball fights on your all-day hike if you are coming out to Vista Verde for your Colorado summer vacation!

With the sun shining and the birds singing, we are also enjoying other new life….BABIES!  The Elk River Valley is dotted with baby cows, running and frolicking with their friends.  And we have had our first foal of the year.  Rachel gave us a Cinco de Mayo filly, a little bay with a white star.  She is so adorable and so sweet.  I believe Charlie won the bet on when that first foal would come.  No surprise there.  

For those of you coming this summer for a ranch holiday, we look forward to a full house of interesting and lively guests at our dude ranch.  For those still thinking about coming, we are down to the wire with one cabin open in early June, and then a couple spots later in September during our adult only weeks.  That’s a great time for a romantic mountain getaway!

Come on sunshine, melt it away!  We dont want to be cross country skiing in Colorado this summer!