Tag Archives: nature

Fiesta de los Vaqueros

I am looking forward to a riot of wildflowers due to the lovely rains in January, and I wonder how many of you know that a seed can live in this desert earth for up to 200 years without germinating – and then, when it gets some rain just at the right moment, it bursts out with a flower you’ve never seen before! I remember one year when almost overnight all the bushes on the mountains became entwined with long, thin tendrils of green covered with the most delicate, tiny mauve bells, so that each manzanita bush looked like it was shrouded in gauzy veils. Continue reading

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The Sonoita Cowboy

As I am sure all of you know by now from my last two postings, we have had wonderful rains this January, totaling to date an exciting 4.8 inches, which should make for some spectacular spring wildflowers. Some of the moisture came in the form of snow, and, as much as I hate to be cold, I thought that the attached photo of the cattle ranch headquarters under snow is too beautiful not to share with you. Continue reading

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In Loving Memory of Rio

I guess life isn’t always sunshine and roses – having as many four legged friends as we have, it comes to us more often than to most of you to have to say goodbye to one of them. This happened a while back to us, when a much loved horse called Rio went to the pasture in the sky. Continue reading

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Celebrating 25 Years

Dear Friends,

Gerry standing outside the house at the Cobre Loma

Gerry standing outside the house at the Cobre Loma

How time flies when you’re having fun!! I can hardly believe that it’s 25 years since Gerry and I began the ranch, as probably most of you know from the rest of the web page. But you don’t know… Continue reading

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Time of Many Fruits

Well, here we are again at that magic time of what the Apaches called “Time of Many Fruits”, and which we, less poetically, know as “Fall” – and with it comes the fall round up, starting this coming Monday. We will gather the pastures, bring in the cows and calves, and take all the steers and some of the heifers to the cattle auction. Normally we keep back about 20-30 Continue reading

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The Ultimate Ranch Vacation by Nancy Gates

On previous trips to the ranch Nancy has been joined by her daughters Dawn and Debra; as well as her sister Millie and Millie’s granddaughter Brittanie.

While on the ranch; Nancy has completed horse camp and riding lessons in addition to the trail rides and day trips.

Barn Boss Adam mentioned to me today that Nancy now has a cutting horse.

Grapevine Canyon Ranch is excited to have Nancy return to the ranch Continue reading

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One Moment At A Time

Tuffy the dog at Grapevine Canyon RanchAnyone who thinks dogs don’t reason hasn’t observed them very closely. The other day, on a ride, my dog Tuffy caught a young rabbit. She carried it victoriously in her mouth all the way home, but before reaching the yard, disappeared with it somewhere near the round pen Continue reading

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Rain!

Dear Friends,

            So what’s new!! 

Rain in the desert!            The most wonderful thing has happened here in the desert – it’s raining!   Those of you living in climates such as Denmark or Germany or England, or anywhere else in the world where it rains as a matter of course (and the trees Continue reading

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