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June 17, 2013

Flowers and Swallowtails

Each year around June 1 we pick up our flowers from a local greenhouse. We drop them off there in March and they pick the plants based on the look we’re after, and nurture them throughout the winter.

This year we went for all white, or mostly white flowers. Besides really putting the finishing touches on the buildings, they bring in a whole rabble of Swallow Tail butterflies, and charm of Hummingbirds. I know, super geeky. (Thanks to google for the

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May 15, 2013

Berry Galette

Mike’s dessert is one of the highlights of any meal at the lodge. This Berry Galette that he whips up is one of our favorites! Here’s how to make it:

1 pie crust (Mike makes his from scratch, but the store bought kind work well)
1 cup of your favorite jam– raspberry is great!
3 cups of assorted berries
2 TBS of raw sugar

Preheat the oven to 350. Sprinkle sugar across the bottom of a cookie tray. Roll the pie crust into a

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May 12, 2013

Calving Slowing Down

Calving is starting to get a lot slower now although it could be toward the end of June before we are completely done. After two months of checking several times a day, assisting numerous heifers in a day, sorting pairs, dry’s, and heavies twice a week, and all the other details that kept up us completely absorbed, we are finally reaching a point where we can breath and tend to other things. Riding through the calving pasture now, it’s completely different from

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July 7, 2012

Ride to Crestone

Yesterday, Anna, our new wrangler from Australia, and I rode to Crestone from the Sand Dunes with 5 guests. On a trail I knew well in parts, others I had seen once whilst riding in the mountains as a child with my dad and brother and many bits I did not know at all, we set off on an exciting 8 hours. We set off at the beginning of the trail at 9 on the dot and with just one

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July 28, 2011

This Week: Horsemanship Clinic, Bear Intrusions

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

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May 24, 2011

Moving Horses

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

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June 7, 2010

Summer is around the corner…

One of the coolest thing about the living on the ranch is watching the seasons change. Spring brings color and birth for plants and animals alike and Summer enhances this color and fosters growth. Fall tints the landscape golden, closes out the peak of our guest season and gives way to Winter, which offers moisture and rest. It’s a healthy cycle. I took this picture last week while out with a tour.  The bison are shedding their winter coats, revealing

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