Drowsy Water

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

One last big Hero

The final superhero: the superman (or woman) that fills the role of Head Chef. This season's chefis really a spectacular genius. You may know the food here is great, or you may be coming to find out if it's as great as we say. Either way, you'll thank this hero at least once during your stay, probably more than once. We've just been warming him up having him feed all the staff. I didn't know a grilled cheese could taste so good. All I can say is DELICIOUS! Just wait until he gets fired up for the guests.

His Name: R. Calvin Strombeck
Position: Chef
Number of seasons at DWR: First
Hometown: Vicksburg, MI
When it's not summer he. . .goes fly-fishing with family and works other cooking jobs throughout the country.
He wanted to work at DWR because. . .I am looking for a more intimate cooking experience.
Goal for the summer at DWR? Explore fly-fishing streams, meet new people and have a great culinary experience.
Something interesting about him. . .I have worked in the Middle East and I just became an uncle for the first time!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

They Just Keep Coming! More 2010 Ranch Hands!

A few more staffers for the summer, our trusty friends! And, Trish, our longtime head-housekeeper is even wearing her super-hero attire! You can't see it, but her jacket has a giant 'T' is diamonds on the back. Usually, she only wears this when cleaning multiple rooms simultaneously.

Name: Patricia "Trish" Hurst
Position for 2010: Head Housekeeper
Number of seasons at DWR: 6th!!
Hometown: Blanding, Utah
What keeps you busy when you're not at DWR? Depends on the year. Currently working on a bachelors in business.
Why did you want to work at DWR? I had three cousins work at DWR before me and it sounded interesting.
What are your goals for the summer? Continue working on becoming a career employee at DWR. Actually go running.
What is something interesting about you? I am a nomad. I am always up for changing directions.

Name: Melanie Hartwick
Position for 2010: Wait/Maid Staff
Number of seasons at DWR: This will be my first!
Hometown: Caro, Michigan
What keeps you busy when you're not at DWR? I attend Michigan State University. I'm a Hospitality Business major. Go Green!
Why did you want to work at DWR? I have always wanted to travel out west, and when this opportunity arose I knew I had to take it!
What are your goals for the summer? I am mostly hoping to meet a lot of great great people! I also really want to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible and take in all the things I don't get to enjoy where I live. And I've always wanted to learn to play the guitar...any teachers available? :)
What is something interesting about you? I play the harp (for fun, and for a job.) And, I'm afraid of the car wash!

Name: Alexis "Alex" Marino
Position for 2010: Wrangler/ entertainer/ token Canadian/ that girl that never stopped talking on that all day ride.
Number of seasons at DWR: This will be my third season at the ranch! Maybe a 4th or 5th to follow?
Hometown: London, Ontario, Canada
What keeps you busy when you're not at DWR? In the off season I spend 8 months waiting for the summer to begin again. I also try to keep busy by attending the University of Western Ontario, studying music and vocal performance. Of course I ride horses during this time as well, work at a store selling camera's, and when there's snow I snowboard.
But mostly I just wait for summer, and the ranch, and cowboy cookies... yummmm....
Why did you want to work at DWR? After looking at several different ranches, I couldn't resist the charm of DWR. There were great reviews online about the ranch, and I liked the family ranch idea. Now after 2 seasons working there, I love meeting all the new guests, catching up with old guests, and the fact that I get to ride horses and talk all day isn't so bad either!
What are your goals for the summer? Teach myself how to play the banjo, start a hillbilly band (which I will play the banjo in, or the spoons), learn 3 new arias for school by the end of August, and maybe try to wear shorts more often so my legs aren't so pasty white.
What is something interesting about you? I sing Opera, and I'm willing to do just about anything to get Ken and Randy Sue to adopt me so that I can stay at DWR.

Name: Lindsey Kertin
Position for 2010: Waitress and Housekeeper
Number of seasons at DWR: This will be my first and I can't wait!
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
What keeps you busy when you're not at DWR? Make jewelry, Yoga, babysit, and work construction with my dad
Why did you want to work at DWR? I love being outside and I wanted a fun new experience
What are your goals for the summer? Meet new people from all over, explore, and new opportunities
What is something interesting about you? Out of thirty people in my family i'm the only one with curly hair

Friday, May 7, 2010

Superheroes of the Ranch, Part Deux

So you've had a few days to commit those last Drowsy Water Ranch staff members to memory. Maybe you even made flash cards and have begun quizzing the entire family in preparation for the upcoming vacation. I bet you are ready for some more. Here are a few more folks to get to know. We can't wait to get them going and see their secret super powers at work.


Name: Joshua Hancock
Position for 2010: Wait Staff
Number of seasons at DWR: This will be my second season.
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
What keeps you busy when you're not at DWR? I'm a professional skateboarder and musician. I paint when it's too cold to skateboard.
Why did you want to work at DWR? Because, just because! (like the DWR classic song)
What are your goals for the summer? My goal is to make everyone smile from buckeroos to the boss man.
What is something interesting about you? Bob Dylan is my favorite musician.


Name: Jack Love
Position for 2010: Asst. to Chef/Cook
Number of seasons at DWR: This is my first.
Hometown: Chicago, IL
What keeps you busy when you're not at DWR? I attend the University of Illinois majoring in Psychology.
Why did you want to work at DWR? The highest geological point in Chicago is 735 feet, and it's home to a landfill.
What are your goals for the summer? Meeting cool and interesting people from all over the country and world while exploring one of the most awesome regions in the country.
What is something interesting about you? I've been to 10 baseball parks, none of them being Wrigley Field.

Name: Rebecca Tacoma
Position for 2010: Buckaroo Counselor
Number of seasons at DWR: This is my first season and I am very excited!
Hometown: I'm from Toronto, Canada.
What keeps you busy when you're not at DWR? I am attending McGill University, studying Industrial Relations.
Why did you want to work at DWR? I love that it is a family run ranch in a beautiful mountain setting, and most of all I want to experience cowboy country in the great American West.
What are your goals for the summer? I want to meet lots of new people from all over the country and learn more about horses.
What is something interesting about you? I have a twin sister who looks nothing like me.

Name: Nell Pollak
Position for 2010: Wait and Maid Staff
Number of seasons at DWR: First season working, 15th summer attending DWR.
Hometown: Pleasantville, NY
What keeps you busy when you're not at DWR? I am attending school at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Why did you want to work at DWR? Being that I have so many irreplaceable memories at DWR, I want to contribute to making that possible for others.
What are your goals for the summer? Meet fun people from all over the country.
What is something interesting about you? I love Native American turquoise jewelry.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ranch Hands and Fun Folk for 2010

We have a handful or two of very important people showing up in the next few weeks. They come from all around the country (and some from out of the country). They are young, energetic, and hand selected for their work-ethic and personality.
Who are these superheroes?
They are. . .
DA-DA-DA. . .
THE DROWSY WATER RANCH STAFF OF 2010!
Meet a few today and stay tuned for more in the coming days.

Name: Jonathan Foster-Moore
Position for 2010: I will be the Rangerider Counselor for the summer of 2010.
Number of seasons at DWR: This is my first season at DWR.
Hometown: My hometown is Northampton, Massachusetts.
What keeps you busy when you're not at DWR? When it’s not summer, I study neuroscience at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, sing with our all-male a capella group, The Singing Saints, and enjoy the outdoors!
Why did you want to work at DWR? I applied to DWR because I was enthralled by all the positive reviews around the internet. I could see how much people loved coming to this ranch and I wanted to be a part of bringing that experience to as many people as possible.
What are your goals for the summer? My goals for this summer at DWR are to learn the guests’ names by heart, share my love of the wilderness with my campers, and to have an unforgettable time with my fellow DWR staff members.
What is something interesting about you? I am a huge film buff.

Name: Lauren Feldman
Position for 2010: Wrangler
Number of seasons at DWR: This season will be my third summer season. I also logged a couple winter months in the interim while I was trying to figure out life.
Hometown: Valencia, Ca.
What keeps you busy when you're not at DWR? I worked at Sol Vista, traveled to Costa Rica, moved to Fort Collins, became a COLORADO RESIDENT, got into grad school at CSU for Literature, spent as much time riding and hiking as possible, and counted down the days till summer!
Why did you want to work at DWR? Because I couldn't imagine a better summer than one spent in the Rocky Mountains riding horses, meeting people from all over the world, square dancing, having french toast and bacon every morning, fixing fences, singing around campfires, acting like a fool at staff show and making friends with other people who aren't afraid of mud, hard work, and horse poop. The ranch met and exceeded all my expectations. Obviously. I don't think I've been away from it for more than a month in the last two years :).
What are your goals for the summer? I want to hike one of the 14ers, bike Irrigation Ditch without stopping, and ride my horse more. I also want to keep the chickens alive.
What is something interesting about you? I have an unhealthy obsession with flan. I've visited zoos in seven different countries. I'm very serious about starting a dairy goat operation.

Name: Steve Heyman
Position for 2010: Wrangler
Number of seasons at DWR: This will be my first season at DWR.
Hometown: Monroeville, Ohio
What keeps you busy when you're not at DWR? I Attend Hocking College in Ohio for Wilderness horsemenship.
Why did you want to work at DWR? Because of there amazing record and because two of my instructors here at Hocking College are former employees, Lance Booth and Michelle Wakeman
What are your goals for the summer? Get to know the beauties of colorado and meet a bunch of amazing new people.
What is something interesting about you? I have dreams of one day opening my own guest ranch, but with a twist ;). you will have to come talk to me about that twist.
Name: Julie Tate
Position for 2010: Wrangler
Number of seasons at DWR: This will be my first one!
Hometown: San Juan Island, Washington (a two hour ferry ride from the “mainland”)
What keeps you busy when you're not at DWR? ’m just finishing up a year-long stint with a nonprofit organization that serves the most at-risk foster kids in San Francisco County. What I’ll be doing next winter, on the other hand, is anybody’s guess.
Why did you want to work at DWR? I went riding in the Rockies one year at summer camp, and ever since then I’ve been itching to get back to Colorado. Plus, I heard through the wrangler grapevine that DWR is the crème de la crème of guest ranches.
What are your goals for the summer? Learn how to square dance.
What is something interesting about you? My favorite Breyer doll was named Calamity Jane…

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Solving the DWR blog mystery

Howdy! Just want to say sorry for the recent lack of blogging from the ranch. It really was a technical issue that involved an update, a conversion, and other odd computer mysteries that occur in a parallel universe. All is sorted out now so please stay tuned for a more current ranch blog.