Every summer, every winter, it seems like we live in a vortex of time. The pre-season preparations are frantic and exciting. Then we get going with the guests and the days just zoom by. Here we are in the second week of August already. The grass is just starting to turn a bit more golden than green. The kids head back to school in just a couple weeks, and thus we’re looking at preparing for our adult only weeks. Where does it all go? A good friend in the luxury dude ranch business said something the other day that really rang true for me. He said, “I got a letter from a guest who was here in June. It seemed like a year ago that they were here. But, here it is Thursday and it feels like the guests who came in on Sunday have only been here for a day.” How does time work that way? In the moment, it flies. But then looking back it feels like forever ago.
At our staff meeting on Sunday, Dace was having the staff think back to our orientation weeks. How long ago that seems that we were shoveling snow off the patio in preparation of our first cookouts of the summer. Getting to know each other and getting geared up and ready for the guests to arrive is a distant memory. Now, some of our staff are starting to head back to school while the second round of summer staff rolls in to fill their spots. The memories we’ve shared with all of you who have been here this summer are priceless. You have helped shape the lives of our crew and given each person a better understanding of human nature and how to serve others with all their heart.
And, as fast as the days fly by for all of us, we still have more to look forward to. Personally, I’m getting so excited for the fall. September is my favorite time of year. We’ll have some great friends from Michigan coming out in a couple weeks, then the adults come in with the freedom that goes along with traveling without children. We’ll kick up our heels with them, chase some cows, sing around the fire and continue to create memories…all the while trying to hold onto each day as it flies by.
Enjoy the last little bit of summer. Hug your kids a bit tighter as they get ready to go back to school. And give yourself some time to enjoy an evening on a deck, soaking up those longer daylight hours while they last!