Back in Action!

It has been quite a long time since we have done anything with our ranch. Unfortunately life has a habit of getting in the way and spiraling out of control. But that is changing and we are getting back to work! We have received permission from our neighbor to the east to cross their lot and use their easement, which is much flatter and straighter than our existing easement. We are going to work through a primitive road at the end of this month. Once that is drivable things should start moving forward again.

I am so excited to finally be getting back to our home!

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Merry Christmas!

For Christmas, we drove into Pueblo and then hiked around the property. For Christmas, we’re giving everyone the gift of our land — at least 2 views of it. These photos were shot earlier today, Christmas 2009

Feel free to download these pictures to use in digital photo frames, to use as a desktop image on your computer, or to have it printed for personal display.

Rabbitbrush in the Snow

Rabbitbrush in the Snow
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Greenhorn Beyond Shrubs

Greenhorn Beyond Shrubs
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Christmas Eve Morn

It has only recently occurred to me that this visit is by far the longest we have stayed at the ranch in consecutive nights. Things are going well, although it has generally been too cold to bother doing anything productive.  Christy is making huge progress on a crocheted blanket, and I have been making good headway into the second part of Don Quixote, and I’ve even managed to knit a few rows on my monkey socks.

Last night it snowed about 3 inches, and it was overcast and cool the whole day.  Today the sun has mostly come out and it is looking like a lovely day, although it is still quite cold.  At least we have solar again. We have had to run the generator quite a bit more than we would have liked the last couple of days. If the weather holds we are planning to go up to Pueblo on Christmas, and hopefully find a nice meal there to celebrate.

I went out this morning and snapped off a few photos to share the beautiful snowy fields with you all.

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Gone to the Ranch for Christmas

We decided to drive down to the ranch and spend the next week and a half or so here, just chillin.  As always it feels great to be on our own land, and in control of our own destiny.  We will spend Christmas here, which will be awesome.  After Christmas, if all goes well, Christy will start her new job.

On the way to the ranch this time, a spot that has always been clear of snow (even when there has been snow all over) had fairly deep snow, which had not melted off, and we got the poor Element completely stuck in it, and had to walk the rest of the way to the ranch for the night.  The following day we walked back to the car and dug it out, and drove the rest of the way to the ranch.  Now that that spot is cleared, getting in and out will not be a problem.

After retrieving the car I decided to go for a photo walk.  It was a pretty day, and I got some nice photos, which can be seen on my Flickr Page. Here are a couple of my favorites:

Cholla Before Greenhorn
Cholla Before Greenhorn
Rugged Winterland
Rugged Winterland

Here is a snapshot of the trailer, and most of the property beyond.

Trailer and Ranch
Trailer and Ranch
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