Living on the Edge of the Wild West.

Living on the edge of “nowhere” has its challenges and rewards. The White Crow Ranch is off the beaten path, in fact, the road scrapers stop just a mile up the mountain road from our little homestead.

Hpuse 079In a good winter, you can guarantee being snowed in for a few days, week or more. One must be ready to endeavor some of the most spectacular landscapes in the United States but first must survive its creation.

Blizzards that last for days if not hours will howl down the valley floor and up to the pinon` lined mountainsides at a hair-whipping 65-70 MPH… And with it a deep blanket of dry cold snow.

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This year we beefed up our solar. Our wattage had been a sparse 900 watts an hour on two 12 volt solar bank batteries. The first winter we lost power just about every other day! Our Solar system wasn’t able to bank the power and provide passive power on cloudy days. The act of the pump coming on with water use zapped the batteries. Leaving us heating pots of water on the amazing wood stove. Watering three horses, a small flock of chickens, humans, several dogs was a challenge the first year.

This coming winter will have a set of new adventures.

The community East of me suffered serious forest loss in a fire that burned over 110,000 acres in nine days.

With no trees to slow the snow, we will have a deeper pack at lower elevations. (great for the aquifers, tough to get around)

We need it considering THIS was the heaviest rainfall we had all year back in early August.

The power of Silence & the cost of peace.

Noise pollution is linked to depression, anxiety, anger, and PTSD.

CSA up and running!

Welcome to the newest CSA in Southern Colorado. Located in the San Luis Valley @ 8500 feet just south of a little hamlet called Fort Garland.

I’m growing clean, organic food the way nature intended it outside seasonally and over the crazy winters in a massive geodome.

If you would like to join the CSA delivery schedule sign up at whitecrowranchslv@gmail.com or find us on FaceBook @ WhiteCrowRanchSLV

Boxes start @ 15-25$

Chicken or the egg?

Organic white rice and a dozen eggs with dill and magnesium.
I started making this recipe during the fires this year. I wasn’t able to leave the property for almost nine days and was getting low on poultry feed.( Always have at least two months on hand.)
So I did some online research and made the perfect boost for my flock, and a snack for the dogs.
One dozen of your own eggs.
2.5 cups of white rice.

3 cups of water. ( egg will make up for rest)

Shredded carrot.

Tap of dried or fresh dill.

And a chunk of magnesium.

Bring water to rolling boil. Add rice. Let cook for a few minutes, add blended egg and cook for another five minutes.

Turn off heat.

Mix contents and let sit till puffy.

Let cool.

Feed generously to flock.

Coyote Gulch: Drought seizes ranchers by the horns.

From Colorado Public Radio (Grace Hood): “Most of the pasture we used last year we’re not using this year because there’s no moisture,” [Matt] Isgar said of the land he ranches in Hesperus, west of Durango. “There’s no new growth.” With the dark red bull’s eye of exceptional drought looming over the Four Corners region, […]

via #Drought news: “It feels like the edge of that desert has moved 50 or 75 miles in my lifetime” — Ed Zink #aridification — Coyote Gulch

What is a Veteran?

“Service doesn’t end when we hang up our uniform. It ends when we hang up our boots and walk across the threshold of heaven.”

I’ve often asked myself this question while on my own journey to figure out.

“Who the Hell I am!? And what do I do now?”

A veteran, according to the web: is someone who has served in the military; a person with longtime occupation and experience in a particular field.

I’m a Navy veteran and a medical veteran. I was and still at heart a Hospital Corpsman.

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San Luis, Colorado

What does this mean for myself or my community? It means I have skills that transcend the average civilian and a discipline you can only get in hard service!

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams credit

Reign of Spring

It has been a dry year here in the SLV. This winter we had less than a foot of snow all winter at the ranch. It has been windy too up wards to 75mph ! The chickens were not keen on the blast, nor the horses.

Being Short on water is a historical issue here in the valley. In the last 15 yrs Colorado has had major fires that would have been slowed by healthy trees and heavy melting snow pack and deluge rains. Because of drought and the emerald beetle the local aspens have become tinder to a potential fire flash.

Here at the WCR we take rigorous efforts to keep the pine trees free of ladder fuel and all dead branches. All the wood fuel is then cut in to logs and stacked to cure for the season. All the scratch and tinder is stacked as well and only awaits winters use.

Commission offers $1.8 million to leave #ColoradoRiver untouched — The Deseret News #COriver — Coyote Gulch

From The Deseret News (Amy Joi O’Donoghue): Drought is turning the nation’s largest reservoir dry — Lake Mead reached its lowest levels this summer since the 1930s — and Lake Powell is limping along, just a little over half full. That scenario is prompting the Upper Colorado River Commission to offer $1.8 million in funding […]

via Commission offers $1.8 million to leave #ColoradoRiver untouched — The Deseret News #COriver — Coyote Gulch

Chasing chickens