I spent the morning riding and observing while Steve went off fishing. Steve fished on the North Platte and caught 20 fish. They were all wild and very healthy. The North Platte hadn’t been stocked in over twenty years. A much different experience than the ones he has at home on streams stocked by the NYS DEC in April.
Steve and I went back to the ropes course in the afternoon to do the Zip Line Experience again. Here are two young guests going on the zip line walk to the first platform. There had been a bear sighting near the Ropes Course and a bear trap was brought in. Once the bear got in he didn’t get out. We never did find out if the bear trap was successful or not.
The ranch had a small herd of buffalo. Buffalo are large and mean, There were warning signs to be aware, and to make sure that you closed gates securely after you left the pasture where they were held. As the ranch was a destination spot for hunters also, it could be arranged to shoot one of the bison. It was expensive, but could be done if you were willing to spend the big bucks. The bison ended up being nothing but trouble as they had a habit of escaping and wandering off onto the highway or neighboring ranches. As they couldn’t be transported back to the ranch they had to be shot.
Steve spent the day fishing on the Encampment River. He caught seven fish, most in the 10-15 inch range.
I spent some time wandering around and exploring. This is the view that the bride has as she walks down the aisle for an outdoor wedding. I am sure that cushions on the rocks benches, and flowers on the arbor, make the site much more attractive. Here is the view looking toward the guests. There was a small pond in the center foreground, There were no fish there! Here is a picture that I took of our room. Quite a bit different than the professional picture!
Let’s look at some of the other buildings, shall we?
This is the activities barn. This is where you signed up for all your activities. There was a small gift shop where you could buy shirts, jackets and sunglasses. Lunch was held here. It was a buffet lunch, with your choice of salads, mains, and lots of desserts. In the main lodge there were always snacks available. Plus your choice of drinks, both alcoholic and non alcoholic. You could have your choice of wine also, with a walk in wine cellar just off the dining room. There was no charge for any alcohol when we went there.
On the lower level of the main building was a wonderful spa where you could get dolled up for your wedding, or just have a massage. There was a changing room just across the hall where you could change your clothes. There was a full shower, so you could wash off all the dust before you had your rub down. There was a gym also, but I never saw any one besides myself work out. Not that I am terribly athletic, but I like to get on a recumbent bikes and read. This is where the saloon was. People would gather there before dinner and have drinks and canapés before dinner. Steve would play pool. Some nights were Karaoke nights. That comes into play when I write up my 2015 Adventures here. I hope you don’t die of suspense waiting for me to write up that trip! After dinner we went to the Zip Line. Traditionally you are supposed to do the Ropes Course first and then as a treat do the Zip Line. I am not buff enough to do a Ropes Course, so I begged to just do the Zip Line. I am afraid of heights, so why I agreed to do this I do not know. It was scary but fun. This was the rope walk that you had to go up before you got to the zip off platform. The guide forgot to attach the safety carabiner to me, but I was lucky and didn’t fall off before it was time to zip off. Here is Steve at the end of the zip line.
While at the ranch there weren’t many guests there, as the Ranch had just opened to the public. Beth and Bruce White of White Lodging had bought the ranch a few years earlier. They loved it and invited many of their friends to visit. They decided to open the Ranch to others so they could enjoy it also. It was funny talking to Bruce about this. He was going on and on about how much he was subsidizing our stay because the ranch wasn’t breaking even. Maybe so, but it still was expensive!
We met another couple there. Anthony and Melissa from Chicago. We are still in touch and even stayed with them on our road trip West in 2015. So you never know about meeting me. I may end up stalking you in the future!