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..