Time Away

It seems to take an armies effort to leave the ranch for a length of time. Which is precisely why we so rarely leave it.

It isn't so much that we feel incapable of submersing ourselves into life and culture outside of the ranch but that it takes so much planning and favors from others to do so.

Arrangements need to be made for a capable someone to check on a few hundred sheep, four cows and three horses. Guardian dogs need at least a slice of attention from a human each day. And to be fed. Food, water and shelter need to be set for the cats. Three herding dogs need to be dog sat - in three different places because dumping the three of them on one individual is, well, just a bit much.

This is what I am thinking about as I relax in a hotel room, feeling gratitude for the opportunity yet missing dogs and ranch at the same time.