Ranch Life Articles

A Girl’s Guide To Riding

July 16, 2018
Jolyn Young

My daughter, Grace, is now five years old and ready to ride a horse by herself. According to her, she’s been ready to ride a horse by herself for about four and a half years now, but she had to wait for Mom to be ready before she could take the reins and ride off […]


Circle the Wagons: Dunkelberger Family

July 10, 2018
Savanna Simmons

Social Media platforms like Facebook has offered us the amazing ability to connect with one another. We can stay in touch with that old friend we cowboyed with in Nebraska, or let Grandma know how the kids are doing. We also can stay abreast of some tragedies and the healing of friends, as well as […]


Coffee with a Cause

July 7, 2018
Savanna Simmons

Cowboys and a coffee quite frequently go hand in hand, and I don’t know many true cowboys who drink a pot of coffee in which you can read the paper through the pot. They like it good, strong, and black; “Strong enough to float a horseshoe” even. There’s something a little different about buying coffee […]


Graduating Kids and Colts

July 2, 2018
Mykal Kirkpatrick

I was recently asked to deliver the Kindergarten graduation speech for our tiny rural school.  With only 5 graduates, you would think the writing of it would be fairly elementary (pun intended), but these Kinders each have a personality the size of our Big Hole Valley!  With three boys and two girls, I finally settled […]


Cottonwood Creek Chronicles: The 17th Calf

June 27, 2018
Jan Swan Wood

Some days start out with such promise, then go down the tubes so fast. My old Noodle cow, who turned 18 in March, had her 17th calf in the night. I don’t know for sure what happened, but the very big bull calf doesn’t appear to have ever moved, so I suspect the sack was […]


Cottonwood Creek Chronicles: No Fly Zone

June 23, 2018
Jan Swan Wood

Does anyone else have a plethora of flies? The air fairly hums with them around here. Apparently they can open the door if they team up, because they’re getting in somewhere. The screens are intact and after a careful search, I’ve found no dead livestock to attract them next to the house. But, each morning […]


Singing Colorado Cowgirl, Caitlyn Taussig

June 14, 2018
Tiffany Schwenke

Deep in the Colorado countryside there is a beautiful lady who has found herself and her song amongst the cattle, the horses, and the wildlife that roam her family’s ranch. Caitlyn Taussig has been inspired by all that surrounds her on both the rolling hills and high in the summer mountain pastures that her family’s cattle […]


Cottonwood Creek Chronicles: You’ve Gotta Be Tough to Be a Cowboy

June 12, 2018
Jan Swan Wood

Those of you who live the cowboy and ranching life know that there’s a lot more to it than what they put on the cover of magazines. It can be beautiful and rewarding, yes, but it can also be hard and miserable at times. My little grandsons, ages six and seven, are staying for part […]


Tribute to the Rancher

June 7, 2018
Jenn Zeller

In the Spring the sleep is scarce. Heifers calving, take so much care.   Daylight comes and pairs go out, Through pastures green, calves run about.   Spring rains bring muddy days Plans delayed to when skies aren’t gray.   Neighbors call, they need your help — The tractor is stuck, the pickup sunk.   […]


Wyoming Cowgirl – Skye Glick

June 5, 2018
Tiffany Schwenke

Wyoming Cowgirls have to multi-task and need to know how to handle many jobs simultaneously. Wyoming Cowgirl, Skye Glick, stays plenty busy with her family, their ranching lifestyle, and a job in town. Like many ranching families, one family member sacrificing their time to a town job is often essential to provide the ever more […]