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Live from the Ranch

This is the official Ranch Journal, a collection of short reports about daily life on the ranch. Postings are made by all ranch staff, but mostly by Tess Leach & Kate Matheson, Guest Services Managers, David Leach, Business & Marketing Manager and Jeff Gossage, Ranch Manager. (Banner photo 3 by Stephen Weaver)

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009
We got teased by the wind blowing in what looked to be a storm, however it turned out to be nothing but wind and a skiff of snow on the dunes and the mountains.  It is a pretty sight when the dunes are bright white in contrast with a dry valley floor in front of them.  It happens several times a year when the conditions are just right to cover the dunes in snow, when just a hundred feet below it's rain or completely dry. 
Posted by Jeff G. on 03/24/2009

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009
Crissy and I went out yesterday evening to look at sand hill cranes because we herd their noises from the house.  When we got to the south meadow we found a whole wildlife safari.  There were hundreds if not 1000 or so cranes, ducks, geese, bison, and elk all in the meadows enjoying the calm evening.  The cranes let us get within about 100 yards of them before they flew, and when they did, the sound of that many huge wings was quite an impressive sound. 
Posted by Jeff G. on 03/18/2009

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009

I saw about 150 head of elk right next to the road while leaving the ranch the other day.  I also saw some out by Big Spring.  Some pretty good sized bulls and some younger ones also, as far as I could tell, still had their horns.  They will be shedding them soon.

Posted by Jeff G. on 03/08/2009

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009
Windy and warm.  We need some of those good, wet spring snows.  Our two biggest snow months for the Sangre De Cristos are March and April.  Nothing in the forecast so far, but the weather man usually misses the big ones anyway. 
Posted by Jeff G. on 03/04/2009

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