The Day Arrives!!
Trip Start Jul 26, 2007
45Trip End Sep 26, 2007
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Headed out for my final stretch to the ranch today around 11 a.m. MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME. I've taken a TON of photos of this part of the journey. The mountains are just too beautiful to explain. You would think a mountain is a mountain is a mountain. That's not the case! You think you've seen the most beautiful mountain, when you turn the corner and lo and behold there's another one! The drive was simply beautiful. I do not guess my photography going down an incline at 70-80 mph would do it justice. It's certainly anyone and everyone should experience at least once in their life.
Shortly after 2:30 I entered Steamboat Springs
I pulled into the ranch a bit nervous. Everyone on staff has been here since late May and I'm considered the newcomer. Stepped out of my car and there wasn't a soul around! Figured I'd step into the Lounge to see if anyone was there to lead me to Dace (one of the Ranch Manager's). Not a person to found! Walk around a bit and then I hear, "Hey, Heather?" It was two girls that I will be working close with riding up in a pick-up. Very sweet girls. They called Dace and Dace strode up in his chaps and cowboy hat. Tall guy and he fit the cowboy image I had in mind.
Dace showed me quickly around the ranch and lastly my room. Thankfully, I was given my own room in a small apartment/duplex near the lounge. I share the apartment with a girl name Beka. I could totally be spelling her name wrong... Apparently, Dace and the head wrangler, Lee, live on the other side of the house
Arrived at the location where they hold the steak cook-out on the last night of the week. It overlooks the grounds. Steak, potatos and salad were served buffett style. Didn't get a chance to take a picture of the grill, but will definitely do that at some point. It's pretty neat to see them cooking close to 100 steaks at different temperatures with the onlooking LIVE cattle in the background. Ha! Ha!
Ended up sitting with the other Ranch Manager's wife. She's closer to my age than most of the girls here. But, I have to say, everyone has been absolutely stupendous. While overwhelmed, I feel like I was just pulled into the inner circle of a family.
After dinner we headed back down to the main ranch and the wranglers let the horses out to run to what's called the Sunday Pasture.
On Saturday night, the staff and the guest sit around a camp fire. Dace, Lee, Meredith and a few others lead in songs, cowboy poetry and Meredith (forgive me if that's not her name) played the violin. She plays for the Charlottesville Orchestra in Virginia. Folks cried, hugs were exchanged and goodbyes were said. It looked to be a "real" heartfelt moment. It's been a long couple of days, especially today. I've taken in a lot and suppose I will as time passes.
There's no doubt in my mind that I am exactly where I am suppose to be right now. I can already tell this will be a life learning event in my life!
By the way, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO CELL COVERAGE ON THE RANCH!! Apparently there is a staff phone, but it's hard to get on there with 40 or so folks using it. I can't imagine not having a phone for 2 months! CRAZINESS! Though, I suppose we get service in town and will probably get down there a couple times a week. Doesn't that sound crazy?!
Here's the number and address that I have for the ranch. Please send letters or something!! ;o)
P.O. Box 778
Clark, Colorado 80428