I’m Dreaming of a White MEMORIAL DAY..? 5/31/22

Spring is still reluctant to settle in and we had snow this past weekend! It didn’t last long – melting shortly after it arrived, but the past several days have been rainy, cold, and ever-so-muddy. The plants needed the rain though, so we are glad it is here to prepare the soil for us getting all of our seeds in the ground this week, hopefully. While it may seem rather late to be starting seeds, with the past several nights getting back down to freezing, we are glad we waited!

It’s extra beautiful here with the snow all around!

Before all this rain we had several nice weather days and we enjoyed them while getting a lot done around here! There are three cabins and, so far, we have resealed the railings on one of them. We have to work on the porches while there is a block of time where there aren’t any guests who have booked that particular cabin because it takes several noisy days to get each one done. We were hoping to get at least another one done over the next couple of days, but it’s too cold and rainy for the sealer to dry properly. Sue enjoyed the beautiful weather and got to meet her neighbor cats! Konnie’s cats are new to the outdoor scene and adapting wonderfully. Scarlett still has issues with any other cat walking past her, but she’ll learn!

Sue and Twinkie are friends!

Jeff and Braydon have been taking advantage of sporadic nice days to go hunt Marmot and Prairie Dogs. Braydon likes to carry them around by their tails – some of them are almost half his size! You can imagine the havoc that rodents of that size can cause around a property. Some of the Marmot holes are large enough you wouldn’t want to hit one with a vehicle tire.

We even had a “Sushi” party one nice evening! We sliced a bunch of fresh veggies really thinly, cooked up some rice in Konnie’s R2D2 Instant Pot, and made some delicious rolls!

One of our all-hands-on-deck projects was erecting the Sioux Tipi. It was so cool!! The poles are over 20 feet long and it is large enough to sleep 4 people on nice, outfitter-style cots. There are brightly-colored streamers on the top of the poles to keep the birds from landing on the poles. I had seen leather streamers on tipis before, but I always thought it was just decorative! We actually ended up having to take the whole tipi down because we used an incorrect measurement when setting it up the first time, but when we got it put back up again, it was perfect! We have had a few guests stay in it already (even in the snow!!) and everyone has said it was great. How could you not have fun sleeping in a tipi? The owners told us we are welcome to camp in it as long as it’s not booked for the night and we can hardly wait for it to warm up and try it out. We’ve still been running a fire in the wood stove at night, so we aren’t quite ready for the tipi – but soon!

Probably the most time-consuming aspect of our job here is the flipping of the cabins after guests leave and before new guests arrive. The check-out and -in times are such that it is possible to get them all flipped in time, but we have to hustle! Bedding and towels have to be collected, washed, dried, and put away with already washed articles replacing them. Also, the kitchenette, bathroom, and main areas of each cabin have to be wiped down and tidied to ensure a safe and cozy stay for each guest. Thankfully, the owners are very proactive and have two whole sets of towels and bedding for the entire camp so we aren’t waiting for laundry to dry just so we can flip all the structures. It is rather fun! The cabins take a while to clean and flip for guests leaving and coming in the same day, but the Tipi is a breeze as guests bring their own bedding and supplies. It takes about 10 minutes to sweep, mop, and straighten the Tipi in between guests as opposed to the over an hour to clean and restock each cabin.

Even though there is a lot of work to do, some of the tasks are enjoyable and Braydon has been enjoying pitching in where he can. Weeding, collecting trash, cleaning fire rings and charcoal grills, feeding the fish in the pond, and showing guests around the barnyard are just some of Braydon’s jobs. His favorite task so far has been to make decoy strawberries to put in the strawberry patch so when the real strawberries come in, the birds don’t try to steal them! We collected strawberry-shaped rocks and painted them, then nestled them among the young plants. The goal is for the birds to peck at these not-very-juicy “berries” and get discouraged just in time for the very juicy berries to be ready for us to eat.

This was supposed to get posted a while ago, but between the terrible cell service and wifi and the absolutely CRAZY week we had, it didn’t get posted. ๐Ÿ˜‘ We apologize and promise many more exciting stories in the weeks to come!

12 thoughts on “I’m Dreaming of a White MEMORIAL DAY..? 5/31/22

  1. Another excellent post…..busy, busy…! Late May snow is amazing, wondering if it will snow in June, too..?!?!? Lol.
    How’s the propane working out at that elevation..? Do you get to use the eggs there..? How are the ‘kids’..?
    I’m wondering if we should try that strawberry trick here…lol.
    That sounds like a ‘regulation size’ tipi…๐Ÿ˜†..!
    Are you allowed to post rates…..just curious.
    Keep up the great work..!


    1. We were wondering about June snow, too! But I think we will be good. We’ve got some steady warm temperatures this week.
      The propane is working great, actually! We are over the 5000′ mark, but not by too much here, so it’s going well! We were actually able to plug the fridge into the shore power here and run it off of AC as opposed to the propane so we are excited to see how long our tanks last next month. We are just cooking and heating our water with propane these days!
      We were enjoying lots of eggs, but we recently were given a new bag of chicken feed and realized there are a lot of ingredients we are trying to avoid, so we are going to start getting them from a farm we just found raw milk at! Woohoo!
      The kids are doing great! They are getting so adventurous and we can’t even keep them in their pen lol! They are always out causing mayhem in the barnyard.
      It’s a huge tipi! No need to “post” rates, they’re all online! http://www.rockyridgeoutpost.com/lodging.html
      Thanks for reading!


  2. ๐Ÿ˜ฑsnow in May! well you wanted to get out of the heat .๐Ÿ˜„
    that’s such a cute pic of Jeff and Braydon! but I have to be “crazy aunt” and say make sure Bray is careful with those “rodents” I hear they are germy.. ok .lol ๐Ÿ’•
    love the pic of you and Braydon! I’m not a sushi person but I’m sure you make a mean one! lol
    awesome idea with the strawberry stones!! hoping the birds stay away and not realize they aren’t the “good ones” .. ๐Ÿ˜
    the tipi (teepee?) looks great!! good job by all!!
    tell Bray to keep up the good work!! those chores sound fun๐Ÿ˜‰

    hope warmer weather comes your way and the fun memories keep happening!! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—


    1. And out of the heat we got lol!
      Yes, we learned that prairie dogs can apparently carry the “plague”. Sue is still on a mostly Prairie Dog diet (she catches multiple a day) and is healthier than ever lol so that’s great! But we don’t carry the prairie dogs around… Jeff just mostly shoots them and kicks them back down their holes!
      Apparently the Sioux spell it tipi and since this is a Sioux-style structure, it’s “tipi”. But yeah, same thing ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿงก


  3. I’m enjoying the learning experience from your blog! so much interesting information! thank you! gram loves when I read them to her too! ๐Ÿ’• she especially likes the pictures!!

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  4. So fun! We love hearing/reading about your new adventures! It sounds like a great place for you to live and work – really neat. So proud of Braydon being a little tour guide and also helping daddy! That picture of them walking away with him carrying the animal is just precious – a picture to treasure!


  5. I’m jones’n for a blog! lol .. you guys must be crazy busy! can’t wait to hear about it!! take care!! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•


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