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Monday, April 23, 2012

Next batch of 2012 super-staff!

Here's our second batch of staff for 2012! We can't wait to have them all here to welcome our guests! And go back to the last post to meet the others, too. More still to come!
Name:  Alex Lakenen
Hometown:  Marquette, Michigan
Position for the summer:  Waitstaff/housekeeping
One thing I am looking forward to this summer is:  meeting new people and having the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors!
The greatest thing I've done in my life so far is: moving away from home to live with my extended family last summer. It was an experience I would never take back and  have gained a close relationship with them that I will have forever.
  Name:  Emily Johnson
Hometown:  Charlotte, North Carolina 
Position for the summer:  Prep Cook 
One thing I am looking forward to this summer is:  Having the opportunity to work in a beautiful place, while surrounded by the many wonderful people DWR attracts from all over the world.
The greatest thing I've done in my life so far is: having the opportunity to travel solo through Europe for three months! I explored Scotland, England, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany. One of my favorite memories from the trip was hiking the Cinque Terre, "The Five Lands" on the Italian Riviera. 
  Name:  Emily Reeder
Hometown:  Ellicott City, Maryland
Position for the summer:  Buckaroo Counselor (Ages 0-5)
One thing I am looking forward to this summer is:  Spending time with the children and animals!
The greatest thing I've done in my life so far is:  Obtained my Masters Degree in Engineering
  Name:  William Jesse Law
Hometown:  Eastman, Georgia
Position for the summer:  Waitstaff/housekeeping
One thing I am looking forward to this summer is:  seeing a different part of the United States, and meeting new people. I wasn't ready to get a desk job in an office straight out of college
The greatest thing I've done in my life so far is: play college soccer. I had the chance to meet and play with people that were from all around the world.

 Name:  Kayla Newell
Hometown:  Stockport, OH
Position for the summer:  Rangerider Counselor (Ages 6-13)
One thing I am looking forward to this summer is:  Finally being back in Colorado and meeting new people!
The greatest thing I've done in my life so far is: realizing that I love the outdoors and going to new places and doing new things any chance I get. 

 Name:  Chris Van Conett
Hometown:  Grand Rapids, MI
Position for the summer: Chef
One thing I am looking forward to this summer is:  The Beautiful Rocky Mountains and all they have to offer.
The greatest thing I've done in my life so far is: Toss up between a 20 mile overnight hike through Paintbrush and Cascade Canyon's in the Grand Teton's and a 1 week 150 mile Canoe trip down the the Manistee River in Michigan.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Meet our 2012 Staff!

We'd like to introduce the fine folks that will be serving our guests this summer at Drowsy Water Ranch. We hand select these fine individuals to make our Colorado dude ranch the best family vacation our guests have ever experienced. From wranglers to kitchen staff to housekeepers to kids counselors, we are excited to get going on our season with our great staff. We'll introduce a few at a time, so check back weekly to see new faces!
Name: Trish Hurst
Hometown: Blanding, Utah
Position at DWR: Head Housekeeper
One thing I'm looking forward to this summer is. . .Making new friends from all over the world and running, hiking and biking.
The greatest thing I've done in my life so far is. . .Working at the ranch for 7 summers (of course!)
Name: Nell Pollak
Hometown: Pleasantville, New York
Position at DWR: Wrangler
One thing I'm looking forward to this summer is. . .Meeting new friends and reuniting with old ones.
The greatest thing I've done in my life so far is. . .Worked at DWR.. duh! Studying abroad for a semester was pretty life-changing too.
Name: Ruby Kahane
Hometown: Cape May, New Jersey
Position at DWR: Housekeeper/Waitstaff
One thing I'm looking forward to this summer is. . .Living in the mountains!
The greatest thing I've done in my life so far is. . .Living in Tokyo for 9 months while attending a language school.
Name: Sarah Mackenzie Schmitz
Hometown: Newport, Kentucky
Position at DWR: Housekeeper/Waitstaff
One thing I'm looking forward to this summer is. . .Riding!
The greatest thing I've done in my life so far is. . .Joining Air Force ROTC at the University of Kentucky
Name:Tanner Isaacs
Hometown: Deer River, Minnesota
Position at DWR: Wrangler
One thing I'm looking forward to this summer is. . .having an amazing summer full of memories with new friends.
The greatest thing I've done in my life so far is. . .is qualify for Nationals in the High School Rodeo in team roping my junior year.
Name: Valerie LaCrosse
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Position at DWR: Wrangler
One thing I'm looking forward to this summer is. . . Spending many hours in the saddle with beautiful scenery and interesting people
The greatest thing I've done in my life so far is. . .Earned a B.S. in Zoology from The Ohio State University

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Large and In-Charge

Drowsy Water Ranch is home to a few big mamas. They run the joint this time of year. They're noisy, stinky, and demanding. And they eat a lot. Yeah, you're probably thinking to yourself, "What a bunch of cows!" and, while we are usually very nice, politially correct folks, I have to agree.

Really.

They are.

Cows.

No, really, they are a bunch of cows.
This time of year is when they really have the run of the ranch. We watch them cautiously and vigilantly because they've been pregnant a long time and they are starting to birth the next generation of Drowsy Water Ranch Angus.
We check on them at least two or three times a day. Usually, the cows are fine with labor and delivery on their own. We try not to interfere with the natural process unless we have to. Most cows just go off on their own, away from the herd, and through what I'm sure is a painful few hours, have a calf without any help from a team of nurses, an anethiesiologist, or even a friend.
Once the calves are born, we check that they are moving around (they walk almost immediately), nursing, and generally healthy. We tag their ear with a numbered tag that indicates the mothers number and and additional number to indicate the year of birth. That way we know what calf belongs with what cow and when it was born.
After a few short days, the calves are running and playing with eachother just like puppies. The try hay, they drink milk, and they rest in the sunshine. They are happy, cute little creatures.
It goes to show you that even with a cow as a mother, you can still be cute as a button.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Drowsy Water Ranch Easter Egg Hunt

At Drowsy Water Ranch, we can host an extreme Easter Egg hunt. We can hide eggs all over the ranch and then the family has to find them. It might take all day, or all week, or all month. We go all out.

Speaking of going all out, we are getting ready to go all out for another summer of fun on the family dude ranch. The reservations for the summer are great and we look forward to meeting and spending time with all of the great families and friends we welcome into our home here on this Colorado Dude Ranch. We have a few new tricks up our sleeve for our guests including a frisbee golf course, a few new petting zoo animals, and maybe a new song or two. Come visit!

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