Early Monday morning our horse Pigeon finally gave birth, and we welcomed a newborn foal into the group in the corralls. The birth was a success, and both Pigeon and her baby, Basin, are doing well. We will have pictures up on facebook hopefully by tomorrow if the internet cooperates!
Last week we had a wonderful time with our guests, many of whom were here together from New York City. We had the great pleasure of having John and Lynn Dominick with us for the week as Meade and Andrea were away on a pack trip, and staff and guests alike loved the experience of getting to work with them. The week went out with a bang with another great lamb roast put on by Marshall and some songs by the campfire performed by our very own Carol Bachman. Not only can she rope a calf with the best of them, but she can charm you with her guitar like you wouldn’t believe!
Sunday evening we said farewell to Katie, one of our cooks. Katie worked at the 7D on and off for six seasons, and she cooked on dude ranches across the west for sixteen years. It was very sad to see her go. Sherri is helping Grace out in the kitchen this week until our new assistant cook, Vanessa, arrives early next week. This weekend we will say goodbye to another four members of our staff who will be returning to colleges across the country.
This week we are fortunate to have some wonderful families and individuals with us. We have two large multigenerational families with us, and coincidentally, they are both from the Baltimore area. Amazingly, one member of each family is a practicing lawyer in Baltimore, and the two of them happen to know each other and even worked on a case together many years ago. Leave it to the 7D to bring together such strange coincidences.
This week we also have with us families from Italy, France, and other parts of the U.S. We are celebrating three birthdays and an anniversary. Monday we welcomed back Bryan Ragsdale, a renowned singer and songwriter from Wyoming. We continue to offer a forge clinic/demonstration from Tom, our resident ferrier. We have a lot of fishing interest this week, and we will also take our first trip of the summer to Yellowstone tomorrow. It’s shaping up to be another great week here at the ranch.