Dude Ranch Life: How do they all have so much energy?

hiking vacation in Colorado

Maybe it’s that I’m not 23 anymore, or maybe it’s just because our staff are just that adventurous.  But, this morning it hit me that our staff are moonlighting (sometimes quite literally) in some pretty amazing athletic endeavors.  Why did this hit me this morning?  Well, Beka and I went for an early morning run, which was amazing and beautiful and fulfilling for this busy mom who is psyched when she fits in a 4 mile run.  However, you must please note that Beka was merely warming up for a full day of guiding and anticipating that she would be leading a hike on the Zirkel Circle.  You know, that silly little 11 mile hike into the Zirkel Wilderness.  While we were out running, we saw footprints on the trail.  Beka’s guess was that those footprints belonged to Shannon.  She had invited Shannon to join us on our run but Shannon opted out.  She was hoping to get a longer run in that morning…..before she also guided an all-day hiking trip.  Ummmm…..ok.

This conversation led to further ones with other staff about their epic outings recently.  The same energizer bunny Shannon joined Molly and Max H. earlier this week on a 21 mile/11 hour hike into the Zirkels.  The highlight of the hike was getting up on top of Flattop Mountain.

Oh, and then there was the climb up Wapiti Mountain with Maggie A., Jonah S, Shannon (do you see a pattern her?) and Molly that started at sunset and got back well after the full moon was way up in the sky.

Well, I can’t forget to mention the gallant attempt to climb Farwell Mountain by Nolan and Max.  Perhaps they didn’t make it all the way, but the scratches and bruises they brought back proved their pioneer spirit.

Of course, what better way to celebrate kid wrangler Max K.’s birthday than a sunrise hike up Hahn’s Peak with a whole crew of friends?

For creative adventures, the award goes to Jason and Sarah who are attempting to climb every mountain or visit every lake that one of our cabins are named after….each Sunday they tackle another one.

There was that night that Jonah J. hiked up to the top of Wapiti at 9pm, camped out, and was back at work by 7:30am.

Needless to say, our crew is making the most of their time off, and somehow they still have the energy to whip up amazing dishes, wash those dirty dishes, wrangle the horses and kids, and lead more wild adventures out into the mountains with our guests.

Anyone up for a walk around the block?