January 12, 2012


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.

If you’ve spent much time in Colorado, you know how unpredictable the weather can be. Yesterday, David and I started out at the Chico where it was incredibly windy and cold, the sky was full of clouds that promised snow. We set out for Zapata about 9am, and fourth the weather until we summited La Veta Pass, about the 3/4 mark for our trip. At the top of the pass, the clouds almost cleared, the wind stopped, the sun came out and the temps rose to 40 degrees.

When we pulled into Zapata, it was like an early spring day, nothing like over on the Chico.

Lesson learned– when you come to visit us, come prepared! And don’t let the promise of foul weather deter you. Just wait a few minutes, or move a few miles in one directions, and things likely will improve.