Sophie is 4 Months Old!

May 10th, 2008

Another month goes by and along comes another birthday for Sophie - 4 months goes by quick!

4 Months Old with Mommy and Daddy4 Months Old with Grandpa and GrandmaNow I’m Taller than my Scottish Teddy Bear!

Finally Went Golfing!

May 4th, 2008

Well, we finally had a day off on Saturday and took advantage and went golfing at our favorite local course in Parker, Arizona - Emerald Canyon Golf Club. As of May 1st it is only $20 after 1pm for unlimited golf with a cart. It is probably the best golf deal in the entire world! as you will not find a better course for $20. If it was located anywhere near a major city it would easily be over $100 as it is just that spectacular and scenic. Trey and I ended up in a tie with 89’s and Randy and Dan are better off keeping their scores a secret!

Here are a few pics so you can see just how scenic it is. If you are interested in playing while you are in the area the only bad thing is that it is about 1.5 hours one way from the ranch.

Emerald Canyon Golf CoursePar 3 that is only 120 yards but very intimidating!The par 3’s green - you can see how far it drops down from the tee box!Dan and Trey looking for their errant tee shotsNow that is a tight fairway…but it has bumpers on each side which makes it much more funTrey hitting a booming drive right down the middleRandy trying to make a 50 footer….probably for triple bogey!Gila Monster - Very rare and poisonous but I always seem to see them at this courseAnother one hanging out in the bush - scary!

Lilah and Ozzie Snuggling…

April 30th, 2008

Here are some cute little pic’s of Lilah and Ozzie snuggling together in the office today. It’s hard to believe a cat and dog can get a long so well!Lilah and MorrisLilah and MorrisLilahMorris

New Las Vegas Airport Shuttle Service

April 25th, 2008

There is a new Las Vegas Airport Shuttle service, River City Shuttle, that has began operating a strict, consistent, reliable schedule that picks up at McCarran Int’l Airport and drop off at the Pilot Truck Stop/Gas Station at exit #9 everyday that is located 22 miles from the ranch. The cost is $100 for the round trip. If you have more than two people in your group then this service is more expensive then renting a car but if you are afraid of driving the 145 mile trek to the ranch this can be used as a last resort. For singles or couples the cost may be about the same as a car rental but the best option is always to rent your own car and drive to/from the airport as it the most comfortable and gives you the most flexibility during your journey and stay with us. 99% off our guests drive themselves but this is always an option for those who just do not want to drive themselves.

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First Day of the Year Over 90 Degrees!

April 13th, 2008

We made it to the mid-90’s today and the same for tomorrow. However, by Wednesday it is supposed to be back to mid 80’s and even upper 70’s!

Sophie is 3 Months Old!

April 10th, 2008

Sophie turned 3 months on the 10th of April and she is growing up fast. She even got to go on a vacation when we traveled back to WI for a cousins wedding. In WI she actually rolled but has not repeated it again since returning to Arizona?

Sophie Marie Rynders at 3 Months with DaddySophie Rolling On The Couch in Wisconsin

Travel Information for Grand Canyon and Route 66…

April 2nd, 2008

For those interested in seeing The G.C. here are your three choices:

1. The Grand Canyon South Rim:

a. From the Ranch to the South Rim it is 3 1/2 hours each way. Cost is $20 per car and is where 95% of the visitors to the Grand Canyon enter.
b. Here are the reviews of the South Rim on TripAdvisor.com (all good)
c. You can drive on the longest stretch of Route 66 either on the way there, way back, or not all. Taking that route allows you to visit any of the following - Keepers of the Wild Animal Park, Grand Canyon Caverns, and Seligman, Arizona (old Route 66 town).
d. Website with more information - http://www.nps.gov

2. West Rim where the new Grand Canyon West Skywalk is located:

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Sunset from April 1, 2008

April 2nd, 2008

Sunset at Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch

Here is a new picture I took tonight of the Beavertail Cactus blooming while the sun was setting. I set up directly behind the dining room and I later realized that our new Stagecoach is hidden behind the tree so I guess I will be taking a new one soon.

Ok, I was able to take another one tonight with the Stagecoach in the frame. As you can see their is a great sunset just about

Sunset at Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch with Stagecoach

every night here at the ranch!

Weather Has Been Absolutely Perfect…

April 1st, 2008

For those who are going to be visiting the ranch in the future I wanted to post the link to the weather site that we use at the ranch. While it is not 100% accurate because of our remote location - it is close enough

National Weather Service Forecast for Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch

Also, for the past several weeks it has been near perfect Arizona weather - between 72-82 during the day and in the 50’s and 60’s at night which is just right for a campfire! As we are now into April it will of course keep getting warmer and warmer every day so pack accordingly.

New Picture of Room #12 Interior and Porch…

March 30th, 2008

I took these two pictures today after we were done cleaning room #12. The first is of the new decorations and bedding we just purchased and the second is of the porch area and mountains in the distance. You’ll also notice a new swing on the left side of the picture to enjoy the mountain views throughout the day or stars at night - there are 3 new swings like this scattered around the ranch.

New Decorations and Bedding in Room #12New Decorations and Bedding in Room #12View From the Front Porch of Room #12 and #13 in the “Rawhide”

(I used my new wide-angle Sigma 10-20 lens again for both of these)