With yesterday’s guest departures, our season comes to an end. How does it go by so fast? You know that saying, and yep, we are having fun here at Vista Verde. I just took a little tour through photos of our guests and our staff, and it put a great perspective on the winter of 2012-13.
It started with Ben and Alaya putting together a great team. Then, a sprinkling of snow (ok, we’ll a big, huge dump of fresh powder really) to start us off right in December. Mix in some interesting, adventurous guests and the recipe was almost done. What topped it off was snow, snow and more snow.
Ironically, we normally close as the snow is melting and the mud starting to find it’s way out from hiding. But, this year we seem to be closing when it feels like mid-winter. We’ve had over a foot of snow in the past week, and we’re finding ourselves still having to plow the driveway and shovel the walkways. If only we had known what Mother Nature would give us this year, and we could have stayed open a bit longer! I guess it’s just some bonus fun time for all of us sticking around. I’m not packing up my skis yet this year!
Thanks to the wonderful crew who made it possible to pull off all that we do for our guests. They are cleaning up, closing down and preparing the ranch for off-season today. Some will be returning for summer, but many will move on to their next adventure starting this weekend. We couldn’t do it without all of them, and it’s always a gift for those of us “lifers” to get to spend time with each season’s crew. I only wish I had more time to get to know all of them better and learn from each of them.
Thank you also to our wonderful guests. From the first time honeymooners, to those who have been coming for years and years, you each give us such a gift to share this place with you. We appreciate the support, the loyalty and your belief in what we are doing at Vista Verde.
And that’s a wrap for the winter. On to preparing for summer, taking some time to re-charge, and maybe even playing in the snow before this belated spring arrives.