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Bed & Breakfast at Eatons’ Ranch

November 1, 2010 by Jeff Way

If you find yourself in our neck of the woods this winter or if you are just looking for a brief getaway to recharge from the day to day stresses we all experience, then be sure to come see us.  For the first time, we will be open as a B&B for a limited number of guests, from December 1-19 and from January 6-May 1st.

Come join us for a night, two nights or as many as you would like to stay.  A warm, comfortable cabin will be waiting for you.  No horseback riding will be available, but you will have access to all of the hiking trails, fishing and nearby winter activities in the Bighorn Mountains.

Rates will range from $100-150/night/room and include a full breakfast.  Additional meal packages are also available.  Please contact us today for more information.  We hope to see some of you again before next summer!

Four Weeks Until The First Dudes Arrive

April 30, 2010 by Jeff Way

Opening day is just four short weeks away, and there is still much to do to get ready for our first guests.  We are in full swing trying to clear the grounds of all of the leaves and branches that fell throughout the fall and winter months.  The grass has really greened up over the last week, and it is time to start up the mowers to stay ahead of the spring growth.  We have updated more bathrooms as needed and are working on quite a few cabins in other ways as well.  It seems that every year we think we are caught up, but there are always improvements to be made.

We completed a major facelift to the living room of the Jenkins.  Thanks to the efforts of Steve Gage, Sean Meier, Lonny Gibson and Ed Gilbert, Mary Eaton’s vision of the interior going back to its original state was realized.  It is hard to believe it is the same cabin.

Given the state of business, we have taken a conservative approach to capital improvements, but we have an ample supply of paint and stain for the cabins, decks and out buildings that will have a fresh coat when the first guests arrive.

We know the season is upon us when the horses make their annual three-day trek to Wolf from the Bar 11 Ranch, their winter home.  T.J. Ferguson, Nate Schmeiser and their crew will leave Echeta on May 21st with approximately 140 horses.  Once here, they will join the 50 plus horses that spent the winter in Wolf.  In a little over a week’s time most, if not all, will have new shoes and be readied to re-enter the dude string.

We are excited here in Wolf, WY to welcome new and familiar faces for the 2010 season.  If you haven’t already considered a dude ranch vacation for this summer, it is not too late!

Spring at Eatons’ Ranch

April 1, 2010 by Jeff Way

Is it really Spring? Here at Eatons’ Ranch, we follow the calendar very closely; not the particular days so much as the month and the season. When we flip the calendar page to March, we know there will soon be new calves on the ground and that spring is right around the corner.

Today is April 1, so we are officially eleven days into spring. This is hard for us to believe as it doesn’t seem we had much of a winter. We certainly had our share of cold weather through January, but it has been relatively mild since, and unfortunately we have had little snow. If one of our longtime guests was still able to call us about the snow pack, we wouldn’t have much to tell him.

Spring along the Bighorn Mountains can seem like winter in most other places. We typically get the majority of our snow in April, so maybe it is still on the way. It is hard to complain about this weather as the mild temperatures are great for calving, and we can get a head start on outdoor projects before the season begins.

One thing I have learned over the last 15 years is that nothing is ever good enough for ranchers when it comes to the weather. Mild dry temps are good for the calves but can be bad for the hay crop. If it does rain, it usually rains too hard to soak into the ground and much is wasted in runoff. If you have good moisture in the spring and a lot of grass to follow, then the fire danger increases as the hot days of August roll around. We can be hard to satisfy because there are so many variables at stake!

Much like everyday life, nothing goes exactly the way you want it to. There are so many things that are out of our control, and the weather is often the least of these. One thing we can control here at Eatons’ Ranch in the spring is our preparation for another guest ranch season. Before we know it, the calendar will read May 29th and we will be welcoming new and familiar faces to our home in the Wild West. We hope you can find some time to join us and enjoy a dude ranch vacation like no other. We would love to share with you our way of life and give you a true western horseback riding experience.

And we promise not to complain about the weather.

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