January 31, 2011


A fourth generation rancher, Tess co-manages Ranchlands with her brother Duke IV. She is raising her two sons on Chico Basin Ranch with her husband David.

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 2 degress followed by 5 degrees the next day. Lows are negative 18 degrees tomorrow and negative nine on Wednesday and then all back to normal on Thursday.

Weather plays a huge role in what we do and at the Chico over the weekend they were already changing plans for these super cold days that previously involved all day riding and moving cattle, and changed gears to instead meet up and finish grazing plans.