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March 12, 2016

Stoked on Stoats

I’ve lived on the ranch for three years now and it seems I have one or two really pivotal wildlife sightings each year. I’ve seen bears, bobcats, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, beaver… An endless list really of varied and exciting species… but today I saw my first Stoat! I had seen Long-Tailed Weasels aka “big stoats” in my mammal books on the area, but never come across one in real life, so I was practically giddy when I saw one pop

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January 22, 2016

Office Coyote

I spend the majority of my day in the office, but that is not to say I don’t see a lot of incredible things from my window. Lately a lone coyote has been loitering around the lodge grounds, behind the office in particular. The dogs let me know with a low growl every time it’s around and we watch through the large office window until it leaves. Usually it’s just passing through, but today I watched it do a few

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March 24, 2015

Almost Summer

A look at the forecast revealed an early summer day even though it was early March. Sixty-eight degrees for a high. The darkness gave way to light as I made my way down lane 6 to the lodge. I choke the bike and it gave a try. One more and it fired up. As I let it warm up I took a call from Scott. Elk had torn down a good section of fence,

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February 6, 2015


My 8-5 is nearly always spent answering calls, taking reservations, assisting with marketing strategies, updating our social media, preparing for the guest season and anything else that may come up at the lodge. During the winter we have a fairly small crew, so I am sometimes asked to assist with larger-scale livestock moves. Yesterday was one of those days.

We trailered our horses down Lane 6 to the “Idaho-Utah” pasture– two pastures that when combined by an open gate expand

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April 8, 2014

The Dunes

The Great Sand Dunes is a place I take for granted until I take a bit more time to realize what I’m actually looking at.  That or have friends/family visit.  I thought this picture that one of my friends took on a recent visit did a good job of capturing the dunes.  Looking at the photo you might think we were in the Sahara Desert, but we’re just hanging out in the San Luis Valley with 14,000ft peaks in the

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June 12, 2013

Sand Creek

Sand Creek is one of my favorite places on the ranch and I think I write a blog post about it every year. Nonetheless, I want to tell everyone about it again. Sand Creek is a sandy creek bottom lined with cottonwoods in some places, sand dunes in others, and lush meadows in some areas. It gets 100 yards wide and is dry most of the year. It’s hard to imagine, when looking at it during its dry months, it would ever hold water. Yet

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May 11, 2011

Humboldt Peak

Humboldt Peak, the last of the Crestones we’ve covered so far, stands at 14,064 ft.

Humboldt Peak is the easiest of the Crestones to climb and often recommended to beginners. The hike up is on an easy trail that goes almost to the top. Closer to the top a little rock traversing is required and is not very challenging.

So if you’re looking to climb your first fourteener, Humboldt Peak is a good place to start.

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May 2, 2011

Kit Carson Peak

It snowed in the mountains yesterday and looks like it is picking up again this afternoon. Hopefully it keeps coming, even though it’s supposed to clear up tomorrow. We’ll see.

Kit Carson Peak, standing at 14,165 ft, is one of those mountains getting some snow and is named after famous frontiersman Kit Carson.

Kit Carson Peak is also one of the Crestones, made up by Crestone Peak, Crestone Needle and Humboldt Peak.

The peak is a part of the Baca Ranch just outside

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April 27, 2011

Crestone Needle

Another one of the four Crestones is Crestone Needle.

Crestone Needle’s elevation is 14,197 ft. and is one of the four peaks making up the Crestones, that include Crestone Peak, Kit Carson Peak and Humboldt Peak.

Crestone Needle is one of the hardest fourteeners in Colorado due to the difficult routes and somewhat technical climbs that lead to the top, primarily the route between Crestone Peak and Crestone Needle.

Crestone Needle also gained popularity after being featured in Steve Roper and Allen Steck’s

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