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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)

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2008
The weather here has been absolutely fantastic and it looks like we might get a little rain this evening. 
Dan, my family and I have spent a lot of time working on the horse corral area. Today we spent some time just picking the place up. We have a very large pile of wood to burn when we get our first good snow. It is amazing how many branches and limbs fall during our windy days in spring. We also built three walk through gates for the trail builders. The Volunteers of Colorado are building a new walking trail (the second in two years) on the property. It will be approx 1.5 miles and will start and end at the information turnout just south of the entrance to the lodge. We are placing a picnic table under some trees that grow next to a stream that flows during runoff time. It should be a very nice addition. Well it is just starting to sprinkle a little now. Have a good evening everyone.
Posted by Anonymous A. on 08/20/2008

Monday, Aug 18, 2008
Rain, rain, rain. We have had rain the last three consecutive days totalling about an inch. On Saturday we also had a tornado and severe hail storm. Neither the tornado nor the hail did any damage. 
We moved our cattle off of the BLM and back to the ranch. The cows and calves look really good. 
We have made a lot of progress on the corrals lately. The round pen is finished and the arena has about two days of work and it will be ready for use. We are planning on starting a group of young horses this week and they will be the first group to be worked in the new facilities. It is very exciting and fufilling to have a large project completed. I will upload a few pictures when we get them.
Posted by Anonymous A. on 08/18/2008

Saturday, Aug 09, 2008
Hi everyone,
We finally got some of the rain we needed. I had 3/4 of an inch over the last two days. 
Things have been busy everywhere this summer and it is hard to believe that it is the middle of August. We are in the process of planning the bison gather in October and November and we have decided to open the opportunity up to guests to come and join in on the fun. It will be a new experience but one that will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Have a great day.
Posted by Anonymous A. on 08/09/2008

Tuesday, Aug 05, 2008
Well, the golf course project went well, except for the fact that now we need rain to be able to see the positive effects of our herd.  The beauty of doing something like this with cattle as opposed to sheep or goats is the large amount of acreage that can be influenced by using an animal as large as a cow.  
Another exciting aspect of this grazing project is the photo points we set up for monitoring our success.  Monitoring systems are key in proving our work. 
Posted by Jeff G. on 08/05/2008

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