Importance of being KIND

I’ve been recently reminded of the importance of being kind, and spreading kindness has been on my mind a lot. Humans are so unique in the way that we feel emotion so deeply. Whether the emotions experienced are positive or negative, they all affect the way we live our lives, and everything about…

YOLO

One night a few years ago, I was visiting Kansas from Vermont. My friend Emma and I went out to a field to get away from the light pollution so we could see the stars. As we were lying in the field, we were reminiscing about the summer and how much we missed the mountains, and the view of the stars…

How Dogs are the Ultimate Companions

Many people believe that dogs are a person’s best friend, and at the ranch this theory is strongly supported. Having a bunch of dogs running around playing, snuggling up to kids when they don’t feel well, and showing off their silly personalities is a luxury we feel very lucky to have. Our dogs…

Reflections on a Foggy Day

It’s the end of the summer, and there has been a mysterious change in the energy around camp. The kids are excited to get back to school [although they may not be willing to admit it], and the staff are anxiously trying to figure out and finalize their plans for the coming season.…

Happy Official Winter!

I’m taking my first vacation in a long time, so my current view is of my sister making chocolate at her candy store in Bozeman, Montana, rather than the mountains. It’s a different kind of beautiful sight, but it makes my heart happy to be here.

Just before I got here I received some…

A Time of Reflection

This is the time of year for so many things: celebrating, giving, love, family, and most importantly, in my personal opinion, reflecting and appreciating.

For me, reflection is a way of bringing all of the other holiday-time goodness to light. When I reflect on my year, or my week,…

A Magical Summer

This summer at the ranch was kind of magical. Don’t get me wrong, there’s always some aspect of magic involved in making camp happen, but this year seemed especially remarkable. The staff meshed so well that when things needed to happen, they just did. Campers were excited, and there…

Life at The Ranch

I quickly lost my concept of time when I came to the ranch. A day feels like a week, yet the last 5 weeks have flown by and I’ve had some of the best times of my life. Photographs and stories can give you an idea of what I’ve been up to, but it’s impossible to capture the beauty of this adventure…

Camps Long Lasting Affects

Somehow, and I honestly have no idea how it happened, summer is halfway over. When I started this blog I had every intention of continuing it regularly throughout the summer. And all of a sudden here we are, halfway through, and this is the first moment I’ve had to sit down.

I should have…

Caution & Confidence: The Balance

Risk, when it comes to mountain boarding, is a very intricate thing. There are two ways to approach risky situations: confidence and caution. I find myself teaching kids how to combine the two, rather than using one or the other. Generally, confidence needs to be built, however I find myself occasionally…