GREETINGS FROM THE DRYHEAD RANCH
It is amazing, but here we are at the end of another year. We have enjoyed this year with all of you, we accomplished a lot of riding and fence fixing and working cows and we have heard from many of you who had a great time.
It was a really great year for weather, and believe it or not the weather held until the 1st of December before we got about 10 inches of snow that made 3 foot drifts. Then is when Matt and Jeff quickly decided to trail all of the cows out of the ranch. When winter finally decided to really join us, it did it with a bang. Will had to take the tractor and dig a path in the road for the cows to follow and for the vehicles to follow in order for everyone and everything to get out of the ranch. Will dug a trail all the way to Hough Creek while Jake, Chris and Blaine trailed the cows. The wind had blown the snow into drifts from 3 to 5 feet deep and vehicles nor cows would have made the trip without his efforts.
Tyler and Cassie left us the first of October with the goal in mind for Cassie to start school in Billings by the first of November, but circumstances would not let that happen. They could not find a house to rent in their price range, and Tyler could not find a job in the area, so he finally went to work here in Lovell for the winter. They found a house to rent in town and school has been postponed for a few months.
Jake and Jessica and their two little girls have decided to become our cowboys for 2011. They have leased a herd of cows and he has some great ideas for our guests to enjoy during the 2011 guest season.
Jackie has relieved H.K. from being Mr. Mom for the winter and H.K. has been helping us do some remodeling and painting to clean things up at both the ranch and the house in Lovell. There is never any end to what we would like to change or add but time governs what we have time to get done.
Jennifer and Iris are at the house in Lovell, all of us working to take the reservations which have been coming in nicely for the 2011 season. We have heard from a number of you already as you select the weeks you would like to join us during the coming season. We have several of the weeks already full, so if you would like us to email you the schedule for next year, please let us know and we will get it out to you.
The pictures you have forwarded to us and your comments and information about what you are doing and how you are getting along, have been very much appreciated. We hope you continue to send them along. I can't tell you how fun it is to answer the phone and recognize your voices.
We wish you a great holiday season, and will look forward to hearing from you soon.
Best wishes from-Iris and Jennifer, Jackie and H.K., Cody, Canon, Tyler and Cassie, Jake and Jessica,
Maddie, Cassity, Dylan, Evi, and Susie, and all the cats and all the dogs.
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM THE DRYHEAD RANCH
It is very quiet across the Dryhead yard today with several inches of snow on the ground. We can't help but think about the busy times in the Dryhead yard this season. We hope all of you enjoyed that busy yard, with horses, dogs, trucks and trailers and guests with that "Christmas morning look" on their faces as Tyler handed them their horse on Monday morning.
Iris and Jennifer had the adventure of flying to Lansing, Michigan for the Thanksgiving holiday. It was truly amazing as we landed there in the dark and picked up a rental car to try to find Red Barn Road in the dark and in the rain. Needless to say, the only way it was possible was with a GPS to guide us through freeways, highways and streets. Keep right, turn here, go left, turn there, it seemed we were going in circles for about an hour and a half and finally there was the address we were seeking. Now we know how you feel when we drive three hours, sometimes in the dark, to the ranch.
The horses have had their shoes removed, and have been put in their winter pasture where I am sure they are enjoying their time of rest. We will later start them on pellets and mineral block to have them ready for our spring roundup. The stallions have been separated from the mares and they are turned out with the geldings until spring. The cows have all been gathered and trailed back into Wyoming for winter. We are all enjoying the rest.
Tyler and Cassie have been invited to New Jersey to visit Dylan King just before the Christmas holiday. It will be their first time on an airplane and they will get to visit New York City. Won't that be something? Jennifer has moved her computer back to Lovell for the winter and those wild Indian kittens. We are all very busy with new ideas and advertising for the 2010 season. Iris is still at the office in Lovell answering all of your emails and answering requests for reservations. Jackie is back at home in Lovell chasing Canon and Cody and trying to keep track of them and their school activities.
Some of you will remember "Blue" our ranch dog. We finally lost that great old dog about the last of October. He went quickly and easily and we buried him on the hill next to Joe.
You have made it possible for us to share our way of life with you and we hope it was an awesome time for you. It was special for us to meet you and visit with you about your ways of life. We learn from each one of you while we share with you what is special about the ranch. It is a real joy for us to have this opportunity. Have a great holiday season. Write us an email and let us know how each of you are. See you in 2010.
From All of Us At the Dryhead Ranch
Jennifer, Iris, Tyler, Jackie, Suzie, Riggs, and Gary
GREETINGS FROM THE GANG AT DRYHEAD RANCH
It has been a very busy time for us since the season ended in the middle of November, but we are going to stop and send all of you that were our guests this year a sincere thank you and a greeting for a great holiday season.
We have heard from many of you, and some of you were kind enough to send complimentary emails to us and others. We are very appreciative of that effort.
It is no secret that our world is in an economic crunch at this time, but still the need of a restful and quiet vacation sometime during the year, will continue to be a must. We would like to offer our effort to help a little with the cost of your vacation by offering the 2008 pricing along with a 5% discount for the second week and a 5% discount for the wife of a married couple for anyone that can make their reservation and deposit before the January 15th deadline.
We have determined that everyone comes on a working cattle and horse vacation because of their love of horses. Therefore, we are enlarging our horse program with mini horse drives and more roping steer activities and colt handling instructions. These activities are scheduled throughout our ranch weeks and your call will give us the opportunity to tell you exactly when those activities will be scheduled.
We've had a few inches of snow, which comes and goes and blows here and there, but nothing yet that stops us. We have most of the horses settled and have sold a few colts. We have made arrangements for the horse colts to spend the winter in Bridger with Jessica and Jake. All of the riding boys are out on the north side and you can tell when we drive out among them that they are really enjoying their rest.
As we look down from the mountain over all of that beautiful and breathless country, we thank our Heavenly Father for the privilege of being able to live in such a remote, and spaceous area. It truly has been great to be able to share it with so many people and we are looking forward to 2009 and being able to share it with many more people. We surely hope that you will be among them.
Much joy and happiness to all of you.
Iris and Jennifer
Our cook is going to be a she this year. Marc got married in November. Our cowboy who rode for us last fall, Mike Burchum, will join us again and be head cowboy in charge of cows and guests. His wife, Connie, is going to cook for us. They have two kids, Taylor, a girl 13 and Ethan, age 4.
Spring horse drive: We have a lot of snow on top of the Pryors at this time and we are not sure that we will be able to trail horses over the mountain ---- we might have to trail them around.
Fall horse drive: We changed the last Fall Cattle Drive (Nov. 4 - 10, 2007) to a HORSE DRIVE!
Dryhead Ranch NEWSLETTER 2006/12
We have come to the end of the 2006 season and it surely has been an interesting experience, especially for this Dryhead crew. As you know it was our first full year without our head man Joe. We surely did miss his expertise.
However, we watched Jake and Jessica really learn and grow. They had the help of cowboys Jay Dee, Ike, Sandy and Mike at different times of the season. Jake has always had the breaking and caring for the horses as his job, previously under Joe's careful suggestions. Suddenly he found himself newly married to Jessica and in charge of about 1000 head of mother cows and their calves, being ranch manager of about 30,000 acres of mountain and canyon grassland, and all of that through a pretty wet spring, a very dry summer and some wet fall days. They did great and with the 2007 season coming at them they will surely do great.
Jessica and Jake were married in March, just before graduation and the beginning of the guest season [more pics]. As a little girl and a young lady born into the ranch life, she had learned a lot from her grandpa Joe, but she found living at the ranch for a full guest season had many great challenges she had not been a part of before.
Iris enjoyed the winter at the ranch. They were snowed in for four or five days out of five months and she amazed everyone with her determination to come back and forth without any problems. She helped supervise our carpenters and construction work in the spring and organized the details for the guest season as always.
We finished the work on the bunkhouse and it is especially impressive. The ranch house was the choice of many for accommodations, but that changed when we got the bunkhouse finished. The restoration of that historic building was a real challenge, but truly a work of love. Our goal for early 2007 is to get all of the landscaping done around the bunkhouse and cabins.
Jennifer took about 9,000 pictures during the 2007 season. She has sent them to many advertising places in hopes that Dryhead Ranch can be more looked at in 2007. She put 50,000 miles on her suburban taking lunches, picking up guests, and watching out for cowboys and guests.
Tyler, at 17, did not work at the ranch this year as he opted to work in Lovell for our neighbor, Brad Tippetts. Many got to ride with them on the Big Horn Mountain rides as we trail cows for Brad and his dad, Wilford.
Kristen was rodeo princess for Lovell's Days which kept her riding in parades and being at practices for a good part of the summer. Steve's horse business has grown tremendously this year and he was busy buying, riding, caring for, and selling horses.
Marc continued to be our cook for all of the season, but the love bug bit him about August and as soon as the season was completed, he and Sue were married in the ranch house and have now both returned to Virginia to start a life together. He says he wants to come back to join us for the 2007 season, but when it comes time to leave Sue in the spring...
Jackie joined us in mid-year to help with the store, the reservations, the email and the advertising. Much to her surprise she got to spend several days in camp during the Horse Drive this fall. She filled in for Jennifer taking lunches and taking pictures. It was a great experience. She is a bundle of energy and ideas for the 2007 season and we are all working together in getting them put into action.
We do enjoy all of you that let us know you had arrived safely home. We appreciate all of your complimentary letters and pictures some of them have been put into the website for others to read. Anyone wanting to add to these comments can write them in the website. Just send us a mail.
We know that you have had a great adventure when you bring or send your friends and family back to spend a week with us. Half of our guest numbers in 2006 were returns and referrals. Thank you all.
We wish for this holiday season the very best for each and every one of you. We hope that Santa will be really good to you this year and health and happiness and prosperity will be some of your treasures for 2007.
Come See Us In 2007
Dryhead Ranch Gang
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