Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Booked

The ranch is a special place and we entertain guests year round here but the summer season is always very popular. About every third guest makes some comment how we should open a Bed and Breakfast here at the ranch. Nathan and I just look at each other quizzically, "We already run one; it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner".

The summer solstice was only yesterday but we are already booked through the first weekend of October. Of course some guests have more flexible schedules and could come out for a visit during the week but we work full time here farming and ranching plus we farm in Madras, plus we both have part time jobs off the ranch, plus the errands, doctor's appointments and trips to town. We learned our limits early on and try to schedule visits only for the weekends.

When we first moved to the ranch I was asked a lot if I was lonely out here. I've never been lonely here. I enjoy entertaining and get to see my friends and family more now than I ever have in my life. A nice full calendar gives me something to look forward to for the weekends. Whether is is fresh faces tentatively bumping down the gravel road for the first time or old friends, the ranch is a special place and I love to share it with others.

We do fill up fast out here. If you were pondering a summer trip, consider one in the fall or book early next spring for a summer visit.

For those that will be making the trip to visit us this summer, here are a few tips for your next visit.

- Let me know if you will be showing up Friday night or Saturday morning and what time you plan to arrive. This way I can better plan meals and know when to start looking for you if you don't show up. If plans change, just give us a call.

- Stop midway on your trip to the ranch and fill your gas tank. While you may make it here on one tank, you may not make it to a service station on your way home. Fill 'er up! 

- Please let me know about any dietary restrictions or idiosyncrasies before your arrival. I am more than happy to accommodate special diets like vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, lactose free, sugar-free and so on but I have to know in advance since I can't just dash down to the store to pick something else up.

- Consider bringing along some snacks, beverages or other yummies. Especially in the summer months, it can be a long time between meals especially out in the field. A light afternoon snack to share of fruits, vegetables, nuts, pita and hummus or chips and salsa works well.

- Come prepared. It is summer time in the desert and we have no A/C. It is hot and sunny. Don't forget to dress for the weather - hats, good shoes, sunscreen, water bottle. Don't forget the camera (and batteries)!

- Children must be supervised at all times. I cannot emphasize this enough. 

- Please leave pets at home. The ranch is a dangerous place for dogs and dogs can be a danger to the ranch as well. Please leave your dog at home. This policy has since been revised, please see here for more information.

- There is no cell phone service at the ranch, you must hike or drive to get service. We do have wifi at the house. In general it is a good idea to leave the number for the ranch with friends/family as a contact number.

- Smoking is only permitted on the back deck. We live in a desert where the entire summer landscape is parched and dry and there is no fire department. For this reason we also do not allow camp fires.

- Relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. The ranch is such a lovely place, we are glad you are here to share it with us!

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