Sunday, November 9, 2014
After all the guests leave the ranch for the summer we smile, sigh, and cry a little. Then we remember we still have a lot of work to do before winter, and we get back in the saddle. One of the big tasks of the fall is the gathering, hauling, sorting, weaning, and feeding of our cows and calfs. Round up day is probably on of my favorite days of the year. Here is a photo essay from round up day.
It all starts as we ride out into the open range, the smell of sage in floating all around us...
Down, down, down, they go.
Once they see some other cows they really pick up the pace.
In comes Super Woman, er, I mean Randy Sue, and she uses her magical powers to get the bovines headed toward the pen.
I take a break and enjoy the scenery.
Finally, they are in the pen. They moo and bawl a bunch. It's fun to watch.
We decide how to haul them to the fall pasture. Do we take a load of cows then a load of calves? Or do we take cows last?
I am not sure what is decided because there is a loud distraction.
We start to sort the group. We load them up in the trailer and start heading them out to fall pasture.
Meanwhile, our horses wait patiently. They enjoy the rest.
This is Randy Sue's bull. Isn't he handsome?
This is NOT Randy Sue's bull. Doesn't he look like a weirdo? He is a neighbor's bull that got mixed in with our herd. This happens often. Maybe his own herd thought he was weird too and kicked him out. After all the cows are loaded, we are waiting on just one thing, or two things, really. Two people, actually.
Oh, yeah! Melanie and Nell are with us too. They arrive after being sent on a wild goose chase by Ryan. He wanted them to ride the back fence line to double check that we didn't miss any cows. They arrived four hours later, hungry, thirsty, and tired. They have not seen not a single cow but a lot of great scenery.
Or maybe Ryan was just trying to get rid of them from the start...Hmmm. Suspicious.
And so ends a great day. We have a lot of work to do this fall before the snow starts to fly.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Final Finale for Fall 2014
We wrapped our season here at Drowsy Water Ranch last week amid the beginnings of what is shaping up as a beautiful fall. So many great families and friends vacationed with us; we thank all of our guests for a great season. We always value getting to know our guests and we enjoy showing and sharing our way of life with each and every one. Our staff is also beginning to trickle out of the ranch The staff bring so much fun, hard-work, and enthusiasm into our lives. We see them almost everyday for three months. By the time they go, we have great friends that we miss them tremendously.
Enjoy some of the fall colors from a ride Peyton, Kay, and Gretta took during the last week of the 2014 season!
Headed out of the ranch. Check out Clifford's tail!
Aspen leaves ablaze against our blue Colorado skies!
A vision from a dream? Just the peace of the back country.
A tunnel of Trees.
Different degrees of color paint the mountainside.
Thanks to our trusty steeds for a great ride!
Hope to see you at Drowsy Water Ranch next Summer!
Thursday, July 17, 2014
How Cowgirls Do Lunch
Yesterday, a bunch of tough gals showed how a girl goes about making an all-day ride lunch fun, memorable, and still a little girly. Whether they meant to or not, these cowgirls had a world-class lunch. After all, riding trusty trail horses through the mountains, a girl works up an appetite for good food and a whole lot of fun.
First, check out the location, location, location! Their choice of dining room has some of the best views in any restaurant west of the Mississippi. They relaxed on a mountaintop surrounded by wildflowers and blue skies. And the food packed in the saddlebags was plenty for these famished farm-girls: sandwiches, chips, juice, veggies, and, most importantly, cowgirl cookies the size of their face!
After catching up on some chit chat and cleaning up the cookies, the posse enjoyed the view for a second or two...then headed off in search of some fun.
They didn't have to go far before a real-live game of cowgirl softball kicked up. Take the fruit we "forgot" to eat, find a stick, and batter-up! It's time to swing batter!
After the game, the gals found a fort "clearly built by boys". It was big, shady, and sturdy. It was perfect...almost...it just needed a few decorations. Quickly, it was determined the fort was in dire need of some sprucing up. Nearby wildflowers worked as wall paper, chandeliers, and paintings on the wall.
After all the fun, the gals jumped back in the saddle and rode on home.
And that, my friends, is how you do lunch when you are a true cowgirl.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Meet more of our 2014 staff!
This is the second installment of our staff introductions for 2014! They are all here working hard to get ready for the summer season. We will introduce the rest of our staff members soon, so check back again!
Name: Emerson Luke
Hometown: Woodland Washington
Years at DWR: 1st year
One hobby/passion of mine: Hunting, fishing, team roping, bowling
One thing I have done or that has happened to me is: I used to be a rodeo clown
I am excited to work at Drowsy Water Ranch this summer because the staff are a great group of people also i love riding horses and sharing that experience with others.
Name: Justin Campbell
Hometown: Lima, Ohio
Years at DWR: 1st
Hobbies of mine is: Hunting, Disk Golf, and Hiking
One thing exciting I have done or that has happened to me is: I have recently graduated from Hocking College with a degree in Wilderness Horsemamship, and Wildlife Management.
I am excited to work at Drowsy Water Ranch for the summer because: I am excited to meet all the guest and make many new friends
Name: Keely Hertzel
Hometown: Mason City, Iowa
Years at DWR: First year!
One hobby/passion of mine is sewing, I also love to draw, paint, upholster, and pretty much anything artsy-crafty!
One exciting thing I have done or that has happened to me is that I once shook hands with Vice President Joe Biden.
I am excited to work at Drowsy Water Ranch for the summer because I have never lived in this part of the country before and I really want to ride and hike the trails. I am also so stoked to meet so many interesting people on the staff and that come as guests!
Name: Maggie Hankins
Position: Range Rider Counselor
Hometown: Matthews, North Carolina
Years: 1st year at Drowsy Water
One hobby/passion: I enjoy hiking/ being outdoors and reading
One exciting thing I have done is: I walked 500 miles across Northern Spain on a path called El Camino de Santiago
I am excited to work here because: I get to explore a new place and hike. I get to learn a lot and meet cool people
Name: Zach Stenberg
Position: Wait/Housekeeping Staff
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Years at DWR: 1st
One hobby/passion of mine is: Traveling and trying new foods (as well as cooking various types of food).
One thing exciting I have done or that has happened to me is: I recently graduated from The University of Iowa with a BA in Communication Studies and a minor in Business Administration.
I am excited to work at Drowsy Water Ranch for the summer because: I am looking forward to meeting tons of new people and being able to get out of the Midwest for awhile. I cannot wait to take advantage of everything the Drowsy Water Ranch and the Colorado wilderness has to offer.
Name: Natalie Nowland
Position: Wait Staff/Housekeeping
Hometown: Newport News, Virginia
Years at DWR: 1st
One hobby/passion of mine is: Exercising, reading, playing sports or anything
One thing exciting I have done or that has happened to me is: I am from
a military family, so I have moved twelve times to include living in Iceland,
Germany and England.
I am excited to work at Drowsy Water Ranch for the summer because: I am so
excited to meet all the guests and get to know y’all! I am ready to work hard and
be outside in the beautiful state of Colorado for the summer.
Name: Tyler Lopez-Butysnki
Hometown: Pueblo, Colorado
One hobby/passion: Running, swimming, reading, singing, hiking, just about anything that has to do with the outdoors, and being with my family
One exciting thing I have done is: The most exciting thing I had happened to me thus far is getting an acceptance letter to Southern Virginia University for the semester of fall 2017, where I would be majoring in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. After I serve a mission for my church in 2015.I am excited to work here because: I get to explore a new place and hike. I get to learn a lot and meet cool people
I am excited to be working for Drowsy Water Ranch because: I love to meet new people from different types of cultures. I am a very big social butterfly and I love making people feel as though they are home. I also love making people laugh and have a good time. And of course I love the outdoors.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Meet our 2014 Staff
We are only one week away from the first day of our 2014 season! We have been getting the ranch cleaned, the horses brushed, and our staff trained and ready for a summer filled with great guests, hard-work, and adventure. We are proud to introduce the staff that will be serving you this summer! And, this is just the first installment of intros...check back soon to meet the rest of the gang!
Name: Kirsten Robinson
Hometown: Wooster, OH
Years at DWR: 1st
One hobby/passion of mine is: exercise/fitness; I love to run, play sports, and workout!
One thing exciting I have done or that has happened to me is: I graduated from Ohio University at the beginning of May with a Bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology.
I am excited to work at Drowsy Water Ranch for the summer because: I love horses, being outdoors, and meeting new people!!!! I can't wait to do all three, while making lifelong memories and friends!
Position: Buckaroo Counselor/waitstaff?
Hometown: Tabernash CO
Years at DWR: 2nd year
One hobby/passion of mine is: Horseback Riding
One thing exciting I have done or that has happened to me is: riding English this past winter and leaning to jump
I am excited to work at Drowsy Water Ranch for the summer because: looking forward to seeing the guests and meeting new people
Position: Prep Cook
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Years at DWR: 2nd
One hobby/passion of mine is: Traveling! I've been lucky enough to spend the past four years studying in Scotland and I've tried my best to take advantage of every opportunity to see and experience new places!
One thing exciting I have done or that has happened to me is: I spent a summer a few years ago on a farm in Maritime Canada!
I am excited to work at Drowsy Water Ranch for the summer because: I had an amazing summer last year – I absolutely loved Colorado, and it was wonderful getting to know guests and the other staff! I'm excited to see old friends again and make new ones!
Hometown: Deer River, MN
Years at DWR: 3rd year
One hobby/passion of mine is: Team roping and hunting.
One thing exciting I have done or that has happened to me is: Last summer I went with some of the staff and went skydiving.
I am excited to work at Drowsy Water Ranch for the summer because: I cannot wait to be back at the ranch again this summer to see all of the amazing returning guest and meet all of the first timers.
Position: Rangerider Counselor
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Years at DWR: 2nd
One hobby/passion of mine is: Rock Climbing
One thing exciting I have done or that has happened to me is: I have spent the last four and a half months traveling through Central and South America
I am excited to work at Drowsy Water Ranch for the summer because: I am exited to meet so many great people!
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Years at DWR: First year
One hobby/passion of mine is: Horseback riding, hiking, camping, soccer, drawing, and anything outdoors.
One thing exciting I have done or that has happened to me is: I have traveled to 44 out of the 50 States. I haven't visited Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana, Washington, Rhode Island, and Vermont. I plan to check all those off my list before I am 30!
I am excited to work at Drowsy Water Ranch for the summer because: I absolutely love working with horses and have always wanted to live out West!
Hometown: Pleasantville, NY
Years at DWR: 5th
One hobby/passion of mine is: Traveling
One thing exciting I have done or that has happened to me is: After last ranch season, I spent 4 months traveling and volunteering throughout Kenya.
I am excited to work at Drowsy Water Ranch for the summer because: Summers at Drowsy Water are always the best!
Position: Buckaroo Counselor
Hometown: Pontiac, Illinois
Years at DWR: 2nd year
One hobby/passion of mine is: Listening to movie scores
One thing exciting I have done or that has happened to me is: I swam with whale sharks in the Philippines!
I am excited to work at Drowsy Water Ranch for the summer because: The people are seriously amazing. I'm really looking forward to seeing returning guests, as well as the first-timers who have yet to experience DWR. We also have a lot of returning staff, and I'm so happy to work with everyone again! I can honestly say I've never been so stoked for a job to start!