It's November 14th, 2015, and we've decided that it's about time we provide you with a forum that's a little unconventional for dude ranches...fireside chats. But, they're not coming to you over the radio.
Instead, we're going to embark on a series of Youtube videos that show you who we are, what we do, and what your vacation is going to look like when you come to stay with us.
Why? Time and time again when folks call me on the phone and then book a stay at Elk River Guest Ranch, they chose us because they trusted the voice on the other end of the line. However, as people's habits change so many of us aren't reaching for the phone to find answers. We're surfing sites, checking tweets and watching videos. That's how I learned to work with barb wire...yep, through youtube.
Before you book a dude ranch vacation, my biggest goal is that you see the face of the person that's telling you that this will be the greatest vacation of your life. Scott and I are the ones you're going to see every day of your stay here. We're the ones organizing your vacation, getting things for you that you need, and laughing with you at the campfire.
Watch our video below, and if there's something that you'd like to know more about with regard to dude ranching, history of ERGR, what your stay is going to look like, horse tips, who Scott and Bex are, or any other facet of the vacation we provide, let us know! Comment here or on our facebook page, and I'll do my best to address your questions and comments.
We have had an unseasonably warm fall here at the ranch which has allowed us to get a LOT of things accomplished. And as you know, most all of what we do in the fall is prepping for the snow but also looking forward to and preparing for our next dude ranch season. Summer of 2016 will be here before you know it!
So, here's what we've been up to! After the dude ranch season ended on September 25th, the staff started dwindling and we winterized the wall tents where they stayed all summer. But, before they left, we did have time to paint one last cabin. Here's a shot to the right of Aspen cabin (one of the 1-bedroom cabins) with a new coat of paint and decorations.
It's been quite a while since I wrote my last blog, so I thought I ought to catch you up on all the fun details as of late! We've had an incredible group of guests from all over the world come to visit us. The picture above is from last week when we had a family from Fort Collins and a family from Belgium come to visit. We took them to the Steamboat Pro Rodeo for our Fourth of July celebration, and the youngest two on the left took part in the activities! About a hundred kids were in the arena at once swarming after a calf and attempting to grab the ribbon from its tail--it was a hoot!
After a lot of early season rain, the mountains around Steamboat Springs got incredibly green which also meant that our summer flowers were gorgeous. I've never seen as many Columbine flowers in this grand state as we had on the trail leading up the mountain behind the ranch and up top.
I think pictures describe even better than my words what a fun summer it's been thus far, so enjoy the gallery below! :)
"And felt that old familiar pain
And as I turned to make my way back home,
The snow turned into rain."
Dan Fogelberg's song played as I painted one of the guest cabins, new beetle-kill pine, tongue and groove ceilings and freshly painted walls. Every time I hear those words, I acknowledge the pain, feel it.
Snow turning into rain, in the literal sense, brings more meaning to me now that I live near Steamboat Springs. The Mountain relies on its snow, and when the weather brings rain in the winter, we get ice. Nasty ice. January has been unseasonably warm and dry. Some are thankful for no plowing, and some need snow desperately to make their living.
But, the more I listened to the song (I have a hard time playing it only once), the more I remembered that I'll be rejoicing once that snow consistently turns to rain. Dude ranch season will be among us. That means warm days and cool starry nights, it means line dancing to the tune of Boot Scootin' Boogie, exploring trail rides, and most importantly, it means doing what I love most. Giving people the gift of dude ranching, helping folks to relax, step back and enjoy the beauty that's around us. Giving people a place to call their home-away-from home.