Jackson Hole here I come!
I recently received an offer from Goosewing Ranch to join their team for the 2013 summer season. It is a herd of horses, pack of dogs, flock of sheep but what do you call a bunch of cowboys and cowgirls-Wranglers, and wranglers are what we are!
It is my pre-conceived idea that Wranglers grew up riding horses, and dreaming of being a cowboy on a dude or cattle ranch. Why would anyone want to do anything else? However, life didn’t lead me down the road to the West, only in my thoughts. Marriage, corporate life, and children temporarily changed my focus. However, I always kept a horse and stayed active in a few events when the kids didn’t have something going on.
As the kids grew, I at least got to enjoy a Western life style. They competed in youth, high school, college and pro rodeos. Barrel racers, goats, breakaway and the boys rode bulls. Kept putting them on horses but they liked riding bulls. As a family we traveled and made wonderful, long-lasting friendships and memories. But there was always a part of me that wanted to be the one on the horse, not the spectator, cheerleader, chauffeur or rodeo secretary. When my daughter headed off to college she took my barrel horse to compete in college rodeo. That was about twelve years ago and I’m still waiting to get the horse back!
Now, the kids are grown; independent, hard workers with families and careers of their own; spread all over the country. For me, retirement is fast approaching. To supplement my income I could work part-time in the office that is so familiar. Then out of the blue, the idea to follow my own dreams, try to recapture fantasies of riding the range alongside people with the same interest. So I took a leap of faith and started applying, Wrangler, cook, housekeeper, just give me a chance. Goosewing Ranch is giving me that chance and I could not be more excited. The opportunity to work at the ranch will fulfill a lot of my bucket list goals but it has given me a lot more to add. Guest Ranches have opportunities to employee all types of individuals, old, young, experienced horseman/women, cooks, novice horseman and more, just apply and find the dream job you have been waiting for. Jackson Hole is an area that is full of adventures just waiting to take place with both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in the local area.
To my surprise/delight, I have actually had a couple of ranches contact me but none compare to Goosewing. Reviewing videos, talking to the manager, looking at the history, I feel privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of this quality outfit. Friendliness, caring and a genuine commitment to the guests, show in the comments from visitors and staff. I look forward to sharing experiences, the beauty of the location, friendships and being a part of fulfilling not only my dreams but those of the guest.
Now the down side! I’ve got to get in shape, lose some weight so I don’t look like I am scaling Everest getting on my horse. Besides my daily job, I run a stable of 12 horses, which require attention before and after work. So even though I am in pretty good shape, a little more preparation won’t hurt. Read up on the history of the country, the native plants and wildlife. Get my first aid and CPR certification. Like I said, my bucket list just keeps growing with more challenging and exciting adventures. Looking forward to my Wyoming Guest Ranch experience.