May 15, 2012
Yesterday all the guests arrived for branding week and there’s been a great buzz in the air of excitement for the week ahead! We rode out across the Medano so everyone could get used to their horses and saddles. Bob is the only guy in the group, a thorn amongst roses he said, but we think rather differently. At 81 years old Bob came to Zapata last year for the first time, it was on his bucket list and we …
March 29, 2012
Duke and I recently took a trip to Berlin to attend ITB, the world’s largest tourism show. The show is massive– over 80,000 participants spread out amongst 26, three-story buildings, but is all appointment based. We had some really great meetings with tour operators, journalists and trade professionals and look forward to attending again in the future.
We did manage to get in an afternoon/evening visit with two past guests to the ranch– Matthias and his daughter Paula. Matthias and Paula …
July 28, 2011
So far, this week has been the busiest of the season. We have about 23 guests here from all over the world– (literally! New Jersey, Germany, England, LA, the list goes on), many of whom are participating in the Horsemanship Clinic. Each day, riders have headed down to the corrals about 9 and set out in a few different directions. Those participating in the Horsemanship Clinic have been doing a lot of work with cattle and young horses. Cam and …
June 28, 2011
Last week four of our staff, including myself, took six guests on the first pack trip of the year. We left the trailhead at the Pinon Flats Campground in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and followed the Sand Ramp Trail behind the dune field into the mountains. The scenery on the trail is spectacular and extremely unique where the massive dune field meets the steep and rugged Sangre De Cristo Mountains. Just before arriving at camp there is a huge sand hill …
June 6, 2011
On Saturday several of us went to Saguache to help our friends George and Julie with their branding. It is dry there as well but the cows looked good and healthy. It was neat country with a lot of big hills like the one you see behind Jeff in the picture.
Our guests Jess and Carrie from New York camped out the night before with several of the crew and were close by in the morning to help bring the herd …
May 24, 2011
On Saturday Jeff, Carla, Nick, our guest Carlie and I moved the horses to a southern pasture with better grass.
It was a great day, great weather and the horses moved right along at a fast trot the whole way. I don’t think there are too many sights that are more pretty than seeing a group of horses running across the land.
After we moved the horses we moved the bulls into the same pasture and were done before lunch. It was …
May 20, 2011
We are in the midst of our first Joint Week right now (a.k.a. Colorado Cowboy Week). Our guests have been over at our sister ranch, Chico Basin, all week branding, moving cattle and camping out and just returned back to Zapata late last night– about 10:30! I haven’t had a chance to talk with them too much yet about their experience, but I’m having dinner at the lodge tonight and can’t wait to hear about everything. One thing that I …
July 23, 2010
Last weekend Matthias and Paula from Germany and the Reiss family from New York spent a lot of time in the high prairie with us moving cattle. They were all great guests and Matthias and I got to talking about the wonders of whiskey. He is a connoisseur and thinking of starting up his own distillery in Germany.
Everyone had fun and after a big meal we all sat around and Duke and I had our first public “concert”. We played …
October 29, 2009
Last night after dinner, David and I stayed at the lodge and played a couple of games of cribbage with our guests, Susan and Jim, from New Jersey. We had a great Mahi Mahi and vegetable dinner from Mike, and enjoyed it to the warmth of a huge fire in the fireplace. When we left about 9:30, we joked about how Jim and Susan were going to have a cold snowy ride today and sure enough, as we opened the …