December 5th, 2020, Volume 15, Issue 48

It’s hard to believe it’s already December. Just last week we had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner! Levi, our most recent intern who came at the end of August left the day after Thanksgiving. He had befriended all of us during is time here, and will be sorely missed until his return next season, especially by Kevin. Our crew is shrinking a bit for our winter season, but don’t worry many of us will return next year!

Sol and Shamrock

This week has been filled with some riding but mostly catching up on ranch projects. The boys have been working over at the shop, while Emily and Maddie have been busy decorating the lodge with Christmas cheer. Meanwhile Janice and I have been busy running the office, and booking guests for next year. It feels good to catch up on some projects, especially as the days have been getting colder and shorter.

Willy, one of our ranch hands has been busy logging Shayne’s new piece Pier and Shayne has asked him to get us a tree! Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love the snow, Christmas music and the general giving spirit of the season. It’s a time for family and friends, which is everyone here at the ranch to me. I go home for a couple of months at the end of this week, and I will sure miss my ranch family while I’m gone, as nice is it will be to see my family back home in Michigan. We have a really great crew here this year and it’s made working here even more fun! Chris who’s the newest hire has already become a big part of the ranch family these past few months. He’s been very knowledgeable and helpful with everything from ranch vehicles; to plumbing and all things ranch work, Chris is your guy. Kevin and Scott have really enjoyed having Chris’s help and knowledge.

It’s been a really great year here at McGinnis in spite of all the craziness going on in the world. We’ve been fortunate to be able to stay on the ranch and avoid a lot of the issues COVID has created. We have missed our lovely guests though! We’re hoping we’ll get to see everybody next season.

Until next time, Happy Holidays!



Trouble being inspected by the herd


Des and Chrome


Shayne and Julio


Keeping an eye on us