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August 7, 2013

Flooding at the Chico

While the cows are out east in the sands, Nick spends most of his time monitoring the water and fences in those pastures. This means he’s gone most of the time and often doesn’t return until nearly dark. There isn’t cell service out east, so you mostly just have to trust that he’ll come back.

That’s what we were doing this afternoon at headquarters, as the rain gauges were filling to numbers I didn’t think possible here (1.9″ and counting right

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July 15, 2013

Great Plains Toad

Each summer between late June and mid July, the Great Plains Toads appear out of no where. If there’s a rainstorm, their numbers seem to quadruple. They’re found in such large numbers near the wetlands– especially Dollar and Cotton Lakes– that it’s actually hard to walk without stepping on one. They hop around all day, some just the size of a penny, looking for insects in the grass.

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May 11, 2013

A Little Bit of Hope

Zan and Harper with the Beefmaster herd making tracks through the mud.

A half an inch of rain does not the end of a drought make, but it sure is nice to remember what rain feels like.  The rain fell slowly in intermitant showers, mostly over two days.  Many areas of the ranch, such as Headquarters, recieved at least a half and inch.  A few bright spots nearly an inch.  Exactly what the long term inpact will be will depend on follow

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January 31, 2011

Storm Coming In

You can usually see the storms roll in before they hit.

They build up behind the Sangres and dunes and at first you see a cloud layer built up and slowly consuming the sky above the mountains. Then it slowly descends down the mountains and over the dunes – it’s neat to see the whole thing slowly, sometimes quickly taking place.

This storm is said to be bringing cold, cold weather and a little snow – tomorrow’s high is a roasty toasty

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August 7, 2010

Monsoon Rain

This past week we’ve had several big storms that sweep in in a flash in the afternoons. The rain and lightning has been massive and impressive and left us each time with a huge amount of moisture.

The entire ranch is covered with tall green grass, giant patches of wild flowers and the little streams that are almost dry this time of year are flowing strong. It really is an impressive sight to see during the last month of summer and

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July 21, 2010


Yesterday afternoon, the clouds rolled in, opened up, and dumped a full inch of rain on the Zapata side of the ranch. We have been waiting for this storm for months now so that we can have the cattle grazing on it into the fall.  Over the next couple weeks, we’ll almost be able to watch the grass grow, especially if we get another storm soon.

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