Anything but Lonely at Buffalo Peaks Ranch

Work is underway at Buffalo Peaks Ranch, as we prepare for our first full year of ranch renovation. Before we shelve books and offer classes and workshops, we have a few roofs that need fixing, and buildings in need of a fresh coat of paint. This coming weekend we’ll begin a regular schedule of ranch clean-up, as we make ready for the spring construction season.

Winter is a quiet time at the ranch. Sometimes we wonder if it will be too isolated, too quiet. Well, that worry went away recently after the Land Library’s architect and adviser Ted Schultz emailed us this report:

“I had the chance to drop by the ranch last Sunday during the few hours of sunset — oh my is all I can say. The winter ranch felt anything but lonely — a surprising feeling — even though not a soul or footprint. The sounds of the metal roof popping with the diminishing rays of the settling sun; the rhythmic sound of a chain knocking with the steady wind on a gate post, coyotes’ lonely yips quite nearby.

The ranch is all about the five senses. I can see people living there in the dead of winter in the most fulfilling way — the wide open solitude as a great, vital companion.”

No wonder we’re happy to begin our winter work! Here’s a few wonderful photos Ted sent us from his winter ranch visit. Enjoy!

Sun setting over Buffalo Peaks, January 2015. All that's missing is the warm glow of light through the windows, and the smell of soup and freshly-baked bread on the wind!

Sun setting over Buffalo Peaks, January 2015.
All that’s missing is the warm glow of light through the windows, and the smell of soup and freshly-baked bread on the wind!

The Lambing Barn and sheds, with a glowing Reinecker Ridge on the horizon.  Lots of snow, but as you can see, it's relatively easy to get around.

The Lambing Barn and sheds, with a glowing Reinecker Ridge on the horizon.
Lots of snow, but as you can see, it’s relatively easy to get around.

Buffalo Peaks Ranch at dusk. No elk in sight, but they'll be at the ranch any time now!

Buffalo Peaks Ranch at dusk. No elk in sight, but they’ll be at the ranch any time now!

South Park's deep blue sky and the Bunkhouse we'll be repairing this summer.

South Park’s deep blue sky and the Bunkhouse we’ll be repairing this summer.

Stay tuned for more reports this winter and spring — and think about visiting us this coming summer!

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2 thoughts on “Anything but Lonely at Buffalo Peaks Ranch

  1. Jeff, I’m sharing this on Facebook. Ted got some great pictures.And reading in “A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains” I believe that Isabella Bird and her horse Birdie passed through South Park in early winter not too far to the east of the ranch.

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