It’s 30 degrees and sunny at the ranch today according to Scott who is holding down the home front for me while I visit my parents in Tennessee this Christmas. I hate to mention to him that it’s supposed to be 70 degrees here tomorrow.
Winter for us means shoveling, plowing and hot fires in the wood stove. Scott has been busy with his Assess2Perform work, and I’ve been blogging, working on the website, getting use to snow running and cleaning cabins. I’ve also joined Leadership Steamboat, a group that meets once a month to learn more about the greater Steamboat Springs community and how to become more involved.
The elk have finally returned to the ridge above the ranch for the winter. It’s been beautiful to see them up there sleeping, scrounging for grass. Being slightly more exotic, they are more interesting to us than the mule deer that frequent our pastures.
In the picture to the left, they are zizagging to the top of the mountain that I've been referring to as "Overlook #2."
My folks are doing well, too. My sister and brother-in-law along with my two nephews were here at the beginning of my stay but have since gone back to Oklahoma where my sister works as an emergency room pediatrician. Each time I come home my mom and I work on a jigsaw puzzle and guess which one we chose to do this time!
We're happy to be nestled in our river valley, away from any bustling town. Responsible only for our two favorite dogs and the guests that come to share in our little winter getaway. Our horses are happy to have a balmy vacation.
From Bex and Scott, Benjamin and Madly--We wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!