May 2013 Archives

Apache

May Horse of the Month — Apache

Apache was purchased from the weekend head wrangler, Lonnie Salyer, in 2008. He is a buckskin paint gelding.

Apache used to be one of Lonnie’s roping horses, but since he didn’t have a need for speed, he just did not thrive at the sport.

This honest gelding has settled in very well at Sylvan Dale though. He loves working with the cows and taking our guests on trail rides! And his colorful markings make him very easy to spot in the herd.

Apache has also become very popular with the equine ladies and will usually hang out with Colorado and a small harem.

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Being There

How often are we only partially present, not completely aware of all that is happening around us? More importantly, how often do we fail to connect with the people right next to us, to give the gift of investing ourselves in active, conscientious participation?

A powerful reminder about the importance of “being there.”

It is so easy to be distracted, to allow our focus to really become no focus at all. What we miss is the moment, and it will never return. ‘Now’ is the only time we own, so let’s be sure to show up. To truly connect with others we need to be ‘there.’

To do this you and I must be fully present, and it can be hard to do when we live our lives in environments that are conducive to distraction.

Sometimes we just need to get away from the familiar so we can notice what has been right in front of us all along.

There is one thing we can do, and the happiest people are those who do it to the limit of their ability. We can be completely present. We can be all here. We can… give all our attention to the opportunity before us. — Mark van Doren

There is No Substitute

Discover an environment especially crafted for being there, and creating memorable moments; give a Dude Ranch Vacation a try.

We’ll see you there!

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So, why do I say “the customer is always wrong?” Sure, it’s provocative and grabs attention, but here’s the deal, more often than not, it is true! Why? Because you and I always have expectations.

Whether vague or deeply imagined, you anticipate what to expect when you get here.  And depending on whether you came for an adventurous dude ranch vacation or a relaxing bed and breakfast getaway, or for a destination wedding, or for our trophy fishing experience, company retreat, or horseback-riding adventure, your anticipation of each activity is bound to conjure up some images.

Read more on The Customer is Always Wrong…

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Dave and Art at the Cow Camp grill ⇱

One of my favorite spring rituals at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is the first trip to Cow Camp—to make sure facilities are guest-ready. Until April we had about the driest winter on record, so the trail would have been passable about any time. When snow finally arrived—in what was officially spring!—we got a typical foothills winter’s worth of moisture in a couple of weeks. So the 4-wheel drive trail has been muddy and impassable. This is the first week I could get in without tearing up the trail or burying my pickup!

Read more on Sylvan Dale’s Cow Camp Looks Beautiful!…

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Water pump in the River Pasture ↗

If you live in Colorado, you know we had a rather dry winter… but then along came April.

Average precipitation for Northern Colorado in April is about two inches, but this past April brought more than four inches of water to the region, and with the rain, greener pastures.

Last night brought a steady rain that continued into early afternoon. The result of all this spring, Colorado precipitation is a delightfully green, and wet, landscape.

I hope you enjoy these fresh photos taken around the ranch this afternoon—no need to get green with envy—we’re happy to share the views! If you think you know where some of the ‘less obvious’ shots were taken, post your answers below.

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And, speaking of “green,” do you know about Sylvan Dale’s green practices? Since 1946, “green” practices have been integral to the Ranch.

Our Sustainability Mission:
To apply practices in our daily work routine that support a sustainable operation in harmony with the natural environment through the principles of ‘Reduce-Reuse-Recycle’.”

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, west of Loveland, Colorado, encompasses about 3200 acres, 5 square miles of foothills beauty, a naturalist’s paradise.

This is "up-and-down country." Elevations range from 5140 ft. along the Big Thompson River in the Big Valley to 7340 ft. on the north slope of Palisade Mountain above Cedar Park. That is some 2200 feet of elevational range, a greater range than in 15 of the 50 states!

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Old hay rake in Cedar Park ⇱

Read more on Elevation and Biodiversity…

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award[

TripAdvisor 2013
Certificate of Excellence Award

While we’re normally satisfied with a few kind words or a hearty warm hug from our guests, it’s always nice when the travel industry experts recognize us as well, especially when it’s a heavyweight like TripAdvisor.com. 

Best of all is the fact that TripAdvisor’s ratings are based on the comments from the good folks we serve, our guests, and if they’re happy, then we’ve done our job well. And frankly, we’re delighted — Thanks!

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Susan Jessup, Partner owner and General Manager at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. “We want to express our appreciation to the fine folks who have communicated their Sylvan Dale experience on TripAdvisor. Our team is passionate about sharing the beauty of our ranch with others and this certificate of excellence will help us continue doing what we love.

Check out the Press Release for full details…feel free to share with your friends and family too.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months. — TripAdvisor.com