Drowsy Water

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

GHOST TOWN! Spooky times around the ranch!

In summer, the ranch is full of laughter and light as the long days light up our valley and our guests light up our spirits.  Now, in fall, the ranch is somewhat of a ghost town, tucked away in the silence of our secluded little valley.  The guests are long gone and darkness sinks in quicker each day, bringing with it a different kind of spirit.  Being alone at the ranch around Halloween, it's often hard not to lose yourself in the sounds of the night: the small cracks and crunches that come from a forest, and the creaks and moans of empty buildings. Come along for a creepy tour!

 The trees, bare, glow white in the late evening light, looking like skeletons standing in rows, waiting for their chance to break free of their roots and roam the valley.  

 The sky hosts many massive bare trees, home to black birds galore, all searching the sky for their favorite witch! 

 The stalls, deserted of saddles, could be any kind of scary torture device.  Ropes to catch zombies? Rebar to catch ghosts? 
 The lodge dining room serves meals to only ghouls! The darkness is perfect for their meal. 

 The cabins walls no longer hear laughter and love, but creaks and whines as the season's spirits move about unseen. 

 Alone in the woods, the ranch stories we laugh at in summer start to chill us to the bone.  From Jim's Grave, to the story of the Honeymooner and the White Wolf, and the rumors of the friendly ghost in Horse Thief, you start to question how much of the stories are just tall tales and how much are factual occurrences. 

 Good night, sleep tight. Enjoy this spooky season! 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Closing down shop

Summer has come to an end and so has our fun with guests, family, and friends.  We had a wonderful 2016 summer.  Now we take the time to drain the pipes, clean out the refrigerators, pull the horse shoes and send the herd out to fall pasture.  It's a bittersweet feeling saying goodbye to our summer.  We are sad to say goodbye to all our great guests and staff, but happy to see life return to a less hectic pace.  We watch as the leaves fall to the ground and we look forward to all the adventures and peace and quiet our winters hold.

We were lucky enough to have one special friend visit this summer that took some great photos to capture what we love so much about being here.  Amazing photos like these from Nell Pollak make sure we won't forget the memories made this summer and that we look forward to many more summer memories to come.