Monthly Archives: February 2011

Wyoming Winter Wind Chill

February 25, 2011 by Jeff Way

Here at our Wyoming dude ranch we are closing out the month the way we started with cold, cold weather, at least until Saturday.  The low last night was -13 degrees with wind chill values of -25 degrees.  Tonight it is supposed to warm up to -9 degrees with wind chill values of -20 degrees.  It makes one long for those warm summer days.  Fortunately this cold snap is supposed to be short lived with temperatures hitting the 30′s in a couple of days.

The cold doesn’t shut things down on a ranch.  The cattle still need to be fed and we already have 17 calves on the ground at last count.  Our first calf was not due to arrive until the second week of March, but three separate fence lines could not deter one of our bulls a month before they were supposed to be turned out with the cows.

Our contractors arrived this week to begin updating bathrooms in some of our cabins.  The Lodge, Rinehart, Ayres, and Wigwam are all getting a little extra attention before we open June 1st.  They will be re-roofing a few cabins as well.  Lonny Gibson has put new flooring in three cabins and is now at work refinishing the stair case in the Main Ranch House.

We plan to try and keep warm this weekend along the Bighorns as we get ready to head into March.  June 1st will be here in no time and we look forward to seeing many new and familiar faces this summer here at Eatons’ Ranch..

Wyoming Dude Ranch In Winter

Dude Ranch In A Deep Freeze

February 2, 2011 by Jeff Way

Yesterday at our Wyoming Dude Ranch it was 10 below zero.  This morning it was 15 below zero.  It has been colder but but when the wind picks up and the wind chill gets down to negative 30 that is cold enough.  When the the temperatures drop like this trucks don’t start, pipes can freeze, and outdoor work is down right miserable.  Those of us in charge of the livestock, like Bill Ferguson, don’t have a choice but to venture out into the cold.  The cattle and horses need extra feed and water and access to open water can be a problem out in the pastures.  Two to three times a day ice must be chopped and cleared from tanks and streams.

We know the deep freeze won’t last forever, but the warm days of spring seem a long way off.  The snow covered pines in the background and the ice covering Wolf Creek are beautiful sights and makes us appreciate the change of seasons here in Wyoming at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains.  And it makes us appreciate even more the warmer days ahead when the snow and ice will melt, making way for the green grass of spring that will follow.

Wyoming Dude Ranch in a Deep Freeze

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