The weeks continue to fly by here at the 7D. Already the evenings and mornings have turned chilly, and it’s no longer light out until almost 10! These last weeks of August mean we say goodbye to large numbers of our staff who are returning to school and jobs that start back up in the fall. We said goodbye to Jenny and Kendal, two of our housekeeper/servers, and to Sam, one of our wranglers. Tomorrow we will lose Kyle, an outstanding ranch hand and irrigator, who always keeps a smile on our faces. We will miss them all! On the upside, Chris and Carol have finished up their pack trips for the season and will be with us for a while, until Chris heads off to work on hunting trips with Meade and when Carol isn’t rocking the Cody Night Rodeo with her skillful roping manuevers.
Last week was a very busy and fun filled week here at the ranch. The ranch was humming with the sound of lots of young children. They rode, had boat races, fed the animals, made arts and crafts, and just had an all around great time. As for their parents, they hiked, went to the Beartooths, visited Yellowstone, did lots of fishing with Tom, and of course, took many amazing rides with our wranglers. They even squeezed in some good relaxation time, complete will oil painting, reading, and laying in the hammock. We were honored to host a number of birthdays and the 49th wedding anniversary of our guests Mort and Ann. We finished off the week with a bang with our usual delicious steak barbeque, and once again, Carol and Sam graced us with some expert guitar playing and singing for our Saturday night campfire.
This week we welcome our last big week of families for the 2011 season. Many of our guests this week hail from New England, with some visiting us for the first time and others returning for another great week. We welcome Vanessa, who will be cooking on and off with Grace for the remaineder of the season. If she keeps making scones as good as the ones she has made so far, our waistlines are all in trouble! We are looking forward to another week filled with rides, hikes, and great conversations between guests and staff. To all staff and guests that have left so far, those of us here at the ranch are thinking of you and wishing you a fantastic last few weeks of summer.