Ok, so I've been in the dude ranch business for nine years now working, leasing and now owning. There's a big mixture of how the existing dude ranchers have gotten into the business. Those that inherited, those that bought an established place and those that bought a ranch where they, more or less, had to start from scratch. And, there are definitely different versions of "scratch."
"Scratch" at Elk River Guest Ranch means needing to build up a herd, tack and all the different areas, buildings and aspects that are crucial to a typical dude ranch stay. And, while a short fall, winter and spring flies by incredibly fast, we're very close to "dude ranch time" ready. In fact, by our grand opening on May 31st, neighbors, Steamboat locals, all our guests this summer and I will have a Colorado dude ranch to be proud of.
Scott and I have had gobs of adventures this winter with snow, sleighs, monster hay bales, broken pipes and water heaters, dog drama and the works. I know it's a bit cliche, but through it all, we have truly been made stronger for it. Not to mention all the things we've learned that we'll never do again! :)
Enjoy my next blog that I'll write and share with you today. This past Saturday and Sunday, Scott and I traveled down to the western slope of Colorado to horse hunt. And of course, the trip wasn't without its adventures!