Well, dear friends, the time has come for me to say goodbye to Grapevine Canyon Ranch. It hardly seems possible that the place where I spent the last 30 years of my life will no longer be my first waking thought of every morning, and the last sleepy thought at night.
I have come to this decision with a lot of thought, and, of course, a lot of regret – but also a feeling of a new life and, I must say, of a new found freedom.
We are very busy throughout the month of April – traditionally a busy month with the cattle round up and spring break, but this year also with the many guests who want to come to Grapevine for that last visit. So we will have a busy, fun time. At the end of April I am closing the ranch – we will take another two weeks to clean up and close up, and then I am mothballing the place and putting it up for sale.
Naturally I am retaining staff to live on the ranch and maintain it until it is sold, which may take a while. I certainly do not wish to sell it as a guest ranch – I think it will make a lovely corporate retreat, a meditation center, a health center – who knows – but the days of Grapevine as a guest ranch are coming to a close.
Some of you may wonder about the horses. I am keeping all the oldies, and plan to retire them- they have earned it! For some of the younger ones I am finding good homes, and some I will keep for a personal string for my friends who I hope will come and ride the trails with me.
I wish to thank all of you who have made the place the success it has been, all who contributed with your friendship and laughter to the happy ambience of Grapevine, and also to the current staff who are the best staff I ever had, and who have made this last year so pleasant.
And now I am looking forward to a few years of a good life with my personal horses, Comanche, Tequila, Scotty, Chikala and Waylon (do you think I have enough?) dog Tuffy, pet cows Clementine and Twiggy, and the many range cows – what fun to be able to spend days on horseback, riding through the herd, checking fences, working in the yard, feeding horses, without a worry about sales, invoices, accounts payable, budgets, staff vacations, menus, maintenance ….. you get the picture! It’s me for the lazy life!
Again, I wish to thank you all for some unforgettable years, for the laughter, for the friendship, for the many wonderful letters and e-mails I have received and am receiving still, and I hope you will keep in touch with me on this web page which I intend to keep going, albeit with some changes and editing.
Happy trails and God bless,