Drowsy Water

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Final Finale 2015

We were in for a treat our final week of the season this year. The Colorado Mule Riders joined us for a week of adventure. The 40 or so mules and their riders traversed our countryside with gusto--we're talking a half-day ride to Music Mountain (holy moly!), and an all-day ride to the tippy-top of Elk Mountain (double holy moly!) about 10 and 19 miles, respectively, atop their fast-walking, long-eared, loud-braying companions. 

The mules were fantastic. Their riders were fantastic too. Their long ears and special brays (talking about the mules again, not the riders) were a hoot to see and hear. 

And the conversations and companionship between friends (talking about the riders now) was both inspirational and admirable. The mule riders timed the trip right, too, because...

Because our aspen trees are in full color. 

The aspens changing is like the grand finale to summer--all summer we've been in awe of the beauty around us and the fun we've had. Summer at Drowsy Water, as always, is fun, cool, exciting--just like the normal part of a fireworks display--and now the turning of the leaves is like to Grand Finale--the ultimate ohh and ahh part that ends the show makes you walk away with a feelings awe and excitement and also lets you know the show is about over. And, as our show is over now, we are walking away from yet another summer full of our great guests, our amazing staff, hundreds of smiles and thousands of laughs.  Crash! Bang! Wiz! Boom! 2015 is done!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Saying Goodbye to Duke

The circle of life is always near the forefront of ranch life. We see life begin, we see it grow, and sometimes, we see it come to an end.  Recently, we lost one of our favorite ranch hands, Duke, Randy Sue's trusty, loyal, intelligent, and loving friend.
Duke was born in Grand County and came to Randy Sue's home shortly after his life began. He quickly learned life on the ranch from Bandit, an older female border collie.  He rapidly became the lead cattle dog for Randy Sue as his instincts as a cow-dog were unmatched.  He also fared well as a trusty hiking companion and just an all-around best friend.

Duke enjoyed his life here at Drowsy Water Ranch--a place that is as close to doggy heaven as you can get. He had plenty of time to run and play, he took care of the cows, played fetch with the kids, did tricks for the staff, and hiked with the adults. And he kept a close eye on his owner--if you saw Duke, you knew Randy Sue must not be far away.

Duke was almost 15 years old when he died. He lived a long and full life here at Drowsy Water.   Boy, we will miss you, Duke.