Sunday, October 2, 2016
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
|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.
Friday, March 25, 2016
When it is all said and done, we hope to have 30 new calves that spend the summer with their mom on open range eating grass and growing.
Monday, March 7, 2016
This is it! DWR in Parents Mag!
Looking for your next great family all-inclusive vacation? THIS IS IT!
We are proud to say we made it on Parents Magazine's Best All-Inclusive Travel list.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Willing the warmth from inside the DWR kitchen
It's February at Drowsy Water and we are still in the thick of winter. We've seen a few warm days lately and we have watched as our mountainous snow banks have melted down to mere snow hills. The little break in the cold reminds us just how much we miss the sun's warmth during these winter months and it reminds us just how much we look forward to our days roaming the mountains in the summer sun. In the meantime, we continue to hunker down inside much of the time finding ways to keep busy until working and playing outside is a little more inviting.
In an effort to will the sun to warm us, we baked up some of our favorite summer time lunch treats: Drowsy Water's homemade lemon bars. Bake some today then close your eyes and feel the warm sunshine start to melt that snow away!
Start by making a simple crust of butter, flour, and powdered sugar.
Mix the three ingredients until it resembles a coarse meal. Then press the crust into the bottom of a 9x11 pan. Pop the crust in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
While you wait for the crust, get a start on your lemony filling.
Crack four eggs into a bowl and add 1 1/2 cups sugar.
Next add 1 teaspoon of lemon rind and 1/3 cup lemon juice.
Mix this filling for a good six minutes or so until it begins to get airy and light.
Add 1/4 cup flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder to the filling mixture.
Your crust should be out of the oven by now and looking just a tiny bit brown around the edges.
Pour the filling mixture on the crust. Bake for another 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees until the top is slightly brown and the filling is set. Allow to cool.
Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar if you'd like and maybe a few sprinkles. Enjoy!
Drowsy Water Ranch Lemon Bars
2 C. flour
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 C butter
Combine crust ingredients, press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/3 C. lemon juice
1/4 C. flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Mix together the eggs, sugar, zest and juice. Mix for 5-7 minutes until light and airy. Add flour and baking powder and mix.
Pour filling over pre-baked crust then return to the oven for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees. Center should be set and top should look slightly browned. Cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.