Drowsy Water

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thankful at Drowsy Water

Over the years at Drowsy Water Ranch, Randy Sue has cooked thousands of turkeys, baking and carving one to three of them each and every Sunday throughout the summer.   We welcome our guests with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, serving the meat with Randy Sue's homemade mashed potatoes, rolls made from scratch, stuffing, veggies, and cranberries.   This meal, typically served at a time we are all supposed to appreciate the gifts and people around us, is a perfect summary for what we do at Drowsy Water; an ideal prelude to a magical week where you can appreciate nature, family, and friends.

We take our time outdoors seriously here.  We are so thankful to live where we work, where we can show people from all over the world our beautiful corner of the earth.  The scenery is ever changing, the mountains never have the same light, the same snow cover, the same clouds surrounding them, or the same leaves, flowers, and plants adorning them.  

We are thankful to bring families together.  We see each week that time spent atop a horse warms hearts, giving families and friends time open up, laugh, and talk.  We love seeing kids, adults, and staff alike form friendships for life in just one week. 
 And we are thankful for the entertainment that makes us all laugh at Drowsy Water.  From learning to square dance, to showing what our herd of 120 amazing horses can do, we are happy to share these moments with our guests. 

And we're happy to share our lives with amazing animals too, and show our guests what joy a meaningful relationship with noble, kind, powerful creature can bring.  We know each horse by name, and we love each animal from goat to chicken to ever-giving and playful border collies. 


We are so lucky, so blessed, to share this feeling of gratitude each and every week at Drowsy Water Ranch.  
Happy Thanksgiving! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

GHOST TOWN! Spooky times around the ranch!

In summer, the ranch is full of laughter and light as the long days light up our valley and our guests light up our spirits.  Now, in fall, the ranch is somewhat of a ghost town, tucked away in the silence of our secluded little valley.  The guests are long gone and darkness sinks in quicker each day, bringing with it a different kind of spirit.  Being alone at the ranch around Halloween, it's often hard not to lose yourself in the sounds of the night: the small cracks and crunches that come from a forest, and the creaks and moans of empty buildings. Come along for a creepy tour!

 The trees, bare, glow white in the late evening light, looking like skeletons standing in rows, waiting for their chance to break free of their roots and roam the valley.  

 The sky hosts many massive bare trees, home to black birds galore, all searching the sky for their favorite witch! 

 The stalls, deserted of saddles, could be any kind of scary torture device.  Ropes to catch zombies? Rebar to catch ghosts? 
 The lodge dining room serves meals to only ghouls! The darkness is perfect for their meal. 

 The cabins walls no longer hear laughter and love, but creaks and whines as the season's spirits move about unseen. 

 Alone in the woods, the ranch stories we laugh at in summer start to chill us to the bone.  From Jim's Grave, to the story of the Honeymooner and the White Wolf, and the rumors of the friendly ghost in Horse Thief, you start to question how much of the stories are just tall tales and how much are factual occurrences. 

 Good night, sleep tight. Enjoy this spooky season! 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Closing down shop

Summer has come to an end and so has our fun with guests, family, and friends.  We had a wonderful 2016 summer.  Now we take the time to drain the pipes, clean out the refrigerators, pull the horse shoes and send the herd out to fall pasture.  It's a bittersweet feeling saying goodbye to our summer.  We are sad to say goodbye to all our great guests and staff, but happy to see life return to a less hectic pace.  We watch as the leaves fall to the ground and we look forward to all the adventures and peace and quiet our winters hold.

We were lucky enough to have one special friend visit this summer that took some great photos to capture what we love so much about being here.  Amazing photos like these from Nell Pollak make sure we won't forget the memories made this summer and that we look forward to many more summer memories to come.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Back to Saddle School

With students heading back to schools around the country, it's hard not to think about pencils and school shoes.  Here at Drowsy Water, we have a few rebel boys (and girls) still hanging around the ranch, not ready to go back to lined paper and pink erasers.  Nope, these boys aren't giving up on summer yet.  Want to come along for an all-day ride with one such group of range-riding fellas?  Come see that they might be learning more by being back in the saddle than back in school.

It's not a traditional classroom, but we certainly provide some kind of cowboy class here at Drowsy Water Ranch.  During the day, these bandit boys are learning about horses, about the mountains, and hearing all kinds of stories told about both the facts of the Ute Indians and flora and fauna of Colorado to the fictional, local lore of witches, dragons, and more.  At night, they are playing games with kids from all over the world, singing songs and acting for a crowd, and getting to spend quality time with their family.  They are learning, all right, they just don't have to take a bus to get here; in fact, they usually take a horse.  

And lunch in a cafeteria?  Not for these boys. Try finding your own fallen tree to munch your mid-day meal.  With a sandwich and sides packed at the ranch, the trusty horses carry the lunch bag with ease to any one of our favorite destinations for lunch on the trail.  
Ready to line up for recess? Not a bad view to keep you dreaming of all you can conquer in the world.  Now, stop dreaming, boys, time to play! 
Baseball you say? Where is the field? That way? Okay! 
But we forgot our bats and our balls! Oh, sticks will work, you're right, and that fruit we didn't eat at lunch sure seems to look a lot like a baseball. Batter up!
Good game, now back in the saddle and home we go, winding our way through the woods and the brush.  Soon you'll all be back in chairs, sitting at a desk. We will miss you here at the ranch, and we sure hope all your teachers get to see you smile this big.   

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

In the swing of things

Our 2016 season is well under way. We have a few weeks under our belt now, the staff is trained and working hard, the guests are smiling and having fun, and the horses are shiny and healthy.  Nell Pollak, long time guest and staff member, recently took a break from her L.A. life to visit, work, and take some awesome photos. Here are just a few from her album that capture a week at Drowsy Water Ranch. In the photo up top, Ken cooks up breakfast ride eggs as part of his weekly tradition. How many eggs on the menu this week? 140 eggs will be scrambled up tomorrow morning for our full house of guests.

The horses head out to pasture. 

Peyton heads in to the ranch on Slider. He is her barrel racing horse and probably her best friend. 

The staff end the week with The Staff Show: an assortment of songs, awards, and silly skits.  

The herd at pasture: lucky horses to get to have so much room to roam. 
Chase enjoys his time at breakfast ride too. He usually is the chief assistant to Grandpa Ken while on  breakfast ride. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

DWR Horse Trivia

We have a number of horses around Drowsy Water Ranch.  How many? Well, you'll have to read below to find out! I'll give you a hint--it's a big number. We like it that way so we can confidently know we can have a horse for every rider in your family during your vacation at DWR.  Read below for a few fun trivia questions about our herd. Answers are all at the bottom. 

Q1. How many horses are in the Drowsy Water Herd?
Q2. What is the average age of the herd?
Q3. Does Drowsy Water own more mares or geldings?
Q4. How many horses currently in the herd were born at Drowsy Water?
Q5. How much grain does the Drowsy Water herd go through during the summer season? 

A1: The Drowsy Water Herd usually boasts around 120 horses.  Every year we buy a few horses, we have a few horses pass away, and we sell a few horses. 
A2. The average age of our herd is about 16 years old.  We strive to buy horses that are 10 or younger and we keep many of our horses into their twenties. 
A3. We have 73 geldings and 39 mares.  We love our sassy mares as much as we love our goofy geldings. 
A4.  We have eight horses born and raised at DWR: Serenade, Scout, Brighty, Autumn, Cody, Mariah, Navajo, and Aspen.  They are all used regularly and know the trails better than some of the wranglers! 
A5. The herd consumes around 36,000 pounds of grain each summer.  We have grain delivered in bulk to our silos about three or four times per summer.  Grain is portioned and fed by hand one to two times daily to the herd.