The Colorado spring weather is about as predictable as a dude rancher's day. When I wake up in the morning there could be three inches of snow on the ground, it could be a perfectly clear, bluebird day, or it could be cloudy with 30 mile an hour winds. Whatever the case, there's always work to be done.
And, I definitely try my best to use the gloomy and cold days for office work, and the better days for outside work and runs to town. But, it doesn't always work out that way. In fact, I think Scott and I have managed to pick some of the absolute worst driving days for hauling horses, taking the trailer in to get serviced, picking up rails for the buck and rail fence, etc. But you know, what's the adventure in always planning things perfectly?
Despite the weather and other variable aspects of a Colorado spring day, most days....well, some days, work out something like this for me:
*Coffee, glass of OJ or almond milk and breakfast with Colin Cowherd (no, there's nothing western about that...he's a sports commentator) and the computer to check emails from wonderful folks like you
*My plan for the day sometimes begins with a run into town for a quick exercise at Steamboat Crossfit
*Then, the rest of the morning includes picking up old rails from our buck and rail fence, building new fence, organizing and fixing things around the property
*Lunch, sometimes later rather than earlier
*More rail and fence work, marketing work, chainsaw work, trail clearing, hay stacking, cabin cleaning, cabin painting, etc.
*Late dinner with Better Call Saul or Law and Order or Shark Tank or American Greed. :)
*Ahhh, the bed feels so good after a hard, physical day's work. I doze off with dreams and exciting thoughts about how fun this summer at Elk River Guest Ranch is going to be with you riding along the trail with me.
It's not the most interesting time of the year to outsiders, and the work is often a little more physical than most folks would prefer to experience on a day-to-day basis. Yet, the anticipation of summer and your visit is what motivates us, keeps us constantly pushing to improve. We want this ranch experience to be the fulfillment of your vacation dreams, to be that place where you feel a little piece of you has been left behind when you go back home.