December 28th, 2009
The wonderful weather continues as Christmas winds down and the New Year approaches. We thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas vacation, but are very happy to be back in full swing down here at the Rockin’ R.
The Holidays are a time to appreciate all the wonderful things that we have been blessed with. Here at the Ranch we are blessed with the opportunity to celebrate in a small town where everybody knows everybody.
Antimony, Utah,Â hasÂ a population of only 126 people or so. We are able to experience what small-town life is all about. The old-fashioned values that have set the American West apart from everywhere else in the world still exist here. Brandi and I feel blessed to be able be a part of this special atmosphere that doesn’t exist in many places around the world any longer. And the best part about living here is that we are able to share this with you.
When you visit the Rockin’ R, you are transported to another time. A time without cell phones, television, video games. A time where families worked together all day, ate dinner together at night, sat around the campfire and talked about their hopes and dreams. It was a time of horse and saddle, not GPS navigation systems in your SUV.
The people that have come and stayed with us are able to leave here with a feeling of “how things used to be”. My holiday wish is that everyone can experience this feeling,Â if only for a little while.
The Rockin’ R is a great place for hunters and ice fisherman. Otter Creek is only 5 miles down the road and they say that the fishing is really good right now.We have had some cow elk hunters stay with us the past couple of weeks. THE WINTER RATES ARE SUPER!
So come on down and experience a little of the American West.
Happy NEW YEAR!!!!
Brandon & Brandi Hanks
Rockin’ RÂ Managers
Hard work during the holidays
December 15th, 2009
As Christmas rapidly approaches, it has been beautiful here at the Rockin R! We are living in a crystallized world of white.
We have been out moving cows around the ranch, and the sounds and sights of winter have arrived. The crunch of snow underneath your feet, the horses steaming breath, and the sun sparkling off the snow. It has been wonderful.
The wildlife have moved down out of the mountains into our little valley. We have seen foxes, coyote, elk and mule deer. There have been quite a few big bucks around, but I haven’t been able to get a good picture yet.
Down at Otter Creek the ice fisherman are surrounding their little holes that they have dug into the ice, waiting, hoping that the fish will choose their line.
The twinkleÂ light are up, the trees have been decorated, the team has been hitched to the hay wagon and we are out singing Christmas carols on an ole’ fashioned winter hay ride.
Life is as good here in the winter as it is in the summer. You just have to wear more clothing!!
December 8th, 2009
Yesterday the snow finally came. The beautiful valley was filled with snow this morning after storming all day yesterday. It finally feels like December, we have had wonderful fall weather for the last 2 months, but we were wondering when the winter would finally get here. Yesterday Creston(owner) and myself pushed some cattle back up into the hills behind the Rockin R. It was really beautiful and we had a lot of fun.
December 7th, 2009
Calves on the Rockin R
If a cow moo’s in the forest and there is no one around to hear it, doesÂ it make a sound?
During the fall the Rockin’ R is a beehive of activity. We are a working cattle ranch and have over 600 cows that are in constant need of attention. The first thing that happens is we bring them down off the mountain where they have been feeding and getting fat all summer long. We do this the old fashioned way, using horses and moving them down in a series of cattle drives.Â We hadÂ to a couple of guests help us all week long and they enjoyed themselves a lot. We then bring them to the corrals and start separating them. When the mama cows get separated from their calves, you can hear them mooing for miles. We get the calves ready to sell by feeding them 3 times a day! The Black family(owner’s of the Rockin’ R) have been running cattle in this valley for over 100 years.Â There is a feeling that comes over you when you are pushing cows out of the hills and down into the valley. Knowing that you are experiencing something that few people get to. It’s aÂ feeling of going back in time, a time before cars, television, cell phones, and all the modern conveniences of today’s hurried and rushed life. It’s a good feeling.
There is a lot that goes on with the cows (especially when they check the cows to see if they are pregnant) so come on out to the Rockin R and learn about the American West.
Rockin R Manager
December 1st, 2009
Welcome to the Rockin R Ranch Blog. We are really excited about doing this so all you folks can see the day to day life of our ROCKIN’ R life. Not only are we a Guest/Dude Ranch we are also a working Cattle Ranch. As you can see on our website we are into having a ton of fun. But if you don’t believe me you can check out the season opener of Little People/Big World. They came out to the Rockin R and had a blast. In the episode it shows them riding horses, ATVing, mutton busting, and going to Bryce Canyon(which is located only 45 min away from the Ranch). They had a great time!
The Ranch is a great place to live and is located in beautiful Antimony, UT.Â The population is only about 150 people or so.
We hope that if you have been to the Ranch that you will post some comments on here. We want to hear from all our past guests, employees, and friends.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Brandon & Brandi Hanks
Rockin’ R Ranch Mangers