Posts Tagged ‘holidays at a ranch’
Date: November 19th, 2009
You know how some postcards read, "Wish you were here"? Yesteray I got a photo that made me wish I was there! Guides Beka and Lindsay took guests John and Astri up to summit Little Agnes last week, and sent me this photo to share the gorgeous view. Wow, I could take just getting planted down there for a couple hours, soaking in the panorama. The photo is taken from the top of Little Agnes, looking over toward Big Agnes and overlooking Mica Lake. I recognize the view I see right here at our Colorado lodge isn’t too shabby, so I’m not complaining. But, the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness takes spectacular vistas to a new level.
The other day I was talking with someone in Steamboat who has traveled a lot. She mentioned to me this summer she and her husband just stayed put, rather than heading out of town. Instead of going to Switzerland to hike, they took their backpacks and camped in the Zirkels. Her point was, "Why do we leave Steamboat Springs to go see other beautiful places when this is our backyard?" Great question.
Then, I ran into guest Jeff in town….he had come back to mountain bike for a couple days after having a ball biking the trails around the Steamboat Springs resorts with Steve earlier in the summer. I was giving him a trail suggestion and he asked if that was my favorite ride, do I ride it a lot. Yes, it is a spectacular ride, but no, I don’t ride it a lot. All these folks are coming here for an amazing Colorado resort experience, and I dont seem to find the time to get out and enjoy what’s right in front of my nose!
All of this has made me decide to change things a bit. Instead of leaving town when I have time to get away, I’m going to take my own hiking vacation and go deeper into the areas that are right here. I’m going to take a day to hike the Zirkel Circle instead of going to a yoga retreat in Boulder. I’m going to camp up by one of those gorgeous lakes instead of leaving town to stay at a hotel. And, yes, I am going to find time to sneak out of the office in the next couple weeks to chase cows with the guests like Ben, Dace and Charlie have been trying to convince me to do. There. I wrote it down, so now I have to do it.
So, if you call to make a reservation and I’m not available…..I’ll get back to you as soon as I wipe the dirt off my feet and come inside. Summer is fleeting, spectacular and worth taking the time to relish! If you haven’t found time to treat yourself to summer yet, please make some time for it before it goes away. In fact, come on out here for a ranch holiday and play with us! There is still space for the September 25-October 2 week, and we also have a few spots for Terry’s horsemanship clinic October 5-9.
Date: November 19th, 2009
While some of our guests are starting to think about what to pack for their Christmas vacation at the ranch, those of us living here have our thoughts on Thanksgiving. With Thanksgiving being the one major holiday that we celebrate while the ranch is closed down, the place tends to turn into a bit of a ghost town. It’s the last getaway for most of us before we open for the winter ranch season. So, where is everyone going?
Ben, Holly and the kids will be packing up this weekend to head down towards Colorado Springs to spend the week with Holly’s family.
Dace is visiting some friends at another ranch and then jetting off to IL to see his folks at their farm.
Steph is leaving Todd behind and taking the girls to CA for some warm weather and time with her sister and family.
Steve and Kelli and taking Maddie to Denver for a weekend of museum and aquarium visits to celebrate her 11th birthday. Then they’ll head over to Kelli’s folks home in the middle part of the state for Thanksgiving. Happy Birthday Maddie!! Gosh, we remember when you were barely walking…..wasn’t that just last year?
Charlie is following Barb down to her mom’s in Frisco, CO for a quick one day visit for Thanksgiving, but he’ll spend the better part of the week working on their new house up by Hahn’s Peak. It’s beautiful by the way…who knew one could create such a masterpiece building a house just on weekends?
Jo and Javin left last week for a road trip. Javin dropped Jo off with her family in IN and then continued on to spend a couple weeks with his family in PA. Nicky is also taking the opportunity to catch up with her family in IN for the week. At the same time Bekah is taking a couple weeks to spend time in FL with her folks.
Terry might have the most exciting Thanksgiving plans as he’ll be sitting on the sidelines of the Bronco game. Did you know his wife is the Bronco girl? She’s the one who rides Thunder across the field every time they score a touchdown. Go Broncos!
So, who is going to stay behind and keep an eye on things? Well, Bill took some time off earlier in the fall but is going to stay put and finish working on his projects. And Rob was hoping to get away but has since complicated his life by getting a new baby. After Steve and Kelli showed up with their new black lab, Rob fell in love and ended up with a sibling of Rosie. So, he’ll be staying put at the ranch to take care of his new bundle of joy.
Upon return, the crew will be hitting the ground running as we have just one week to prepare for the new staff to arrive, training them and then getting ready to open for a white Christmas! We hope you all have a wonderful holiday filled with family, friends and laughter.
Date: December 3rd, 2008
I flew back in from California yesterday to find that winter had arrived while I was gone. Most of us took some portion of last week off to enjoy time with family and friends during the one major holiday that we aren’t open. Steve and Kelli were down in Denver and took Maddie to her first Nutcracker performance. Ben and Holly packed up their troops and drove down the Colorado Springs for some turkey time and Christmas shopping. Dace headed to Oregon to visit with his brother and family. Charlie was nearby with Barb’s family. Rusty and Bekah headed to another ranch to help their friends hosts guests there for the holiday. And the last guys standing- Rob, Matt and Bill enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast fit for kings here in the dining room while no one else was around. We all felt there is so much to be thankful for and hope you all enjoyed a nice holiday as well.
Now we’re back in action, gearing up for the staff to arrive next Monday. Today we hammered out the rest of the details of the holiday schedule and the logistics of all the festivities we have planned. Oh yeah, and then we all had to fill out our health insurance papers to switch to a new company. Yep, even here we have some paperwork to shuffle!
I’ll get some pictures of the snow posted in a couple days so you can enjoy your view of the ranch via computer!
Date: December 3rd, 2008
Soon enough color will sweep the mountains of Colorado offering a painted site for fall vacationers of Colorado’s wilderness. Coming from Indiana, this seems like an early Autumn, but for the short summer’s of Colorado it is completely normal. Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, but Before we know it the first snowflake will hit the ground. In morning when the horses run through the ranch from pasture to pasture, frost has already started to coat the ground. But it’s too early to talk about cross country skiing in Colorodo, after all, only one yellow leaf has been found on the property so far. The trees encompassing the property are still all green, so this lonely aspen leaf must have floated in from somewhere else. But with the afternoon winds, (that are a sign of fall) the lone leaf could have drifted from