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Howdy friends! In honor of our 100th year in operation (it's incredible!), the Bar Lazy J is going high-tech! Now not to worry--there's still none of that allowed here while you're on vacation, but while you're away and anxious to keep up with what's going on (or you just need your "ranch fix"), come check in on our ranch blog where you'll find hoards of photos, we'll follow our staff and you'll hear all the latest happenings first! Of course reading about it isn't nearly as good as the real thing, so we hope to see you out on the trail real soon, but until then, check out what's happening and leave your comments--we love to see that our friends have stopped by! Happy trails everyone!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Cold and A Hot Streak

      Well if you asked any local in these parts, they’d all tell you the same thing: this is the longest run of sub zero temperatures anyone can remember in a long, long time. And we’re people that know cold. It’s typical to get a few weeks of severe cold. And it’s not so rare to have those hit –30 and even less than that. But what we’ve experienced is weeks and weeks of this winter cold streak—and we’re ready for some good old fashioned “above zero” weather! We obviously make extra trips to check on the herd during times like this, and despite the freezing temps, everyone still looks great. It’s amazing how their bodies respond to their need for warmth and we’ve truly never seen the herd with so much hair! They are quite fuzzy and although we’ve found them with some “frosting” in the mornings, by the time the sun comes up, it is quickly gone and we once again see them kicking up their heels enjoying the sunshine. Here’s to being a mile closer to the sun! Every mile counts up here!

A few snaps of the morning frost—brrr! It’s a good thing they have such warm hearts!





As for their noses? Well….



The river by the ranch is completely frozen over right now. It’s filled with animal tracks and tracks of some strange animal we can’t quite identify…IMG_0746    

      Oh no. Wait. That’s Chad. IMG_0746 

Checking to see if it was crossable yet. Not sure what his plan was if it wasn’t crossable……The rest of us took a safer approach and broke the ice to see the thickness. Pretty thick but we decided to stay on the banks—you could hear that water rushing violently underneath!


      The river isn’t frozen everywhere though. Even despite the weeks of bitter freezing temps, the Williams Fork River continues to run due to it’s warmer temperatures. And here where it joins into the frozen Colorado, you can see the beautiful result. But don’t let that steamy water fool you—that’s no hot springs down there!



      Many of you can recognize the familiar terrain here in the summer, but can you pick out some of the same landmarks in the snow? We’re wondering who of you can identify these next two pictures…….


      But even though you don’t have the same color spectrum in the winter time—you gotta admit the views are still incredible! A whole different kind of majesty! We wish everyone could see this place in all four seasons as we get to. It’s truly a work of Nature’s Art.



      And while we’ve been having our fair run of cold outside, inside a member of our Bar Lazy J family is burning it up! You might wonder what Jerry and Cheri do in their “off-time”, but what we can tell you is they certainly aren’t sitting around on the couch watching old westerns (not that there is anything wrong with that.) Jerry has an on-going list of ranch projects (including most recently ALL of the properties whose water pipes froze for days on end….ugh.) And Cheri offers her amazing coaching skills to the local high school girls basketball team.


      For the past seven winters she has built an amazing program and these girls play a mean game of ball! They’ve already been having an incredible season under Cheri’s training and the entire county is proud of all they have accomplished. IMG_0368Cheri has decided to make this her final season as head coach, but after four decades of coaching (she began coaching in the mid 70s!), we’d say she was entitled to some “down-time”—don’t ya think?  Only time will tell what new endeavor she decides to master, but until then—we’ll all enjoy riding on the coat tails of the Lady Panther’s hot streak!



But would ya look at that? Maybe those ladies are sharing their good luck—




Today some warmer weather at last!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Looking Back on 2012

        What a year we had here at the ranch! Not only was it our 100th year anniversary, but there were tons of other memories along the way that made this year very special. We made improvements to the ranch, married off some of our staff, added a new zip line, celebrated the long life of our beloved King dog, made tons of new friends, welcomed some new horses, made it out of our drought, had the most beautiful Fall ever, were incredibly proud of our top notch staff, welcomed back the Yurich family, said goodbye to Ms. Dorothy’s store—but brought back the candy-store ride, had some (often funny) bear encounters, had our first kittens born on ranch, our guests found more antler sheds than ever before, watched Cheri make an amazing recovery, reminisced 100 years of memories born here, and laughed and laughed and laughed some more with friends old and new from around the world. We look forward to all that 2013 will bring and another summer of incredible fun doing what we love most—sharing this place with all of you. But let’s look back at 2012 once more!

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Thank you to everyone who made this one memorable year!

And a Happy New Year to everyone!