is the Lake Ranch ... okay, maybe not really. It is only a rough draft
which presents the approximately position of the ranch and the pastures.
This drawing is really not true to scale, the ranch itself is not in the middle of the area but more in the east, the most biggest pastures are in the northwest of the ranch. And of course there are no gaps between the pastures ;-)
Once again for people who
did not read the first page:
There are three or four small mountains (the buttes) in the east
of the ranch. They are, beside Devils Tower, the only mountains
in this whole area, therefor they are very useful as guideline to find
the way back to the ranch. Devils Tower is situated ca. seven miles away
from the ranch.
Nearby the ranch is a beautiful small lake. Unfortunately the swimmers have to step through some mud before reaching the water.
The ranch itself has an old ranch house (a for this area typical simple wooden hut), a stable, some paddocks, a barn and a new building, which is special build for the guests. It has eight rooms, a saloon and restaurant and a big kitchen. Furthermore they did build a new round pen and an arena for horseback riding, roping, cutting and things like that.
Around the ranch are some "smaller" pastures - each of them still bigger than the pastures we have in Germany.
The branding corral (where the calves are branded in spring) is some miles away from the ranch since the cattle stay on the pastures around there in winter time. That way they do not have to be driven so far for branding.
The a little bit more light colored pastures on the drawing are owned by neighbors. You can horseback ride there too but as a guest you do not always know, if the neighbor likes that - some neighbors are not happy about City Slickers between their cattle ...
Some pastures are signed with ??? - I do not know if they are Lake Ranch pastures or neighbors pastures.
|The "main street"
is a good built gravel way (is this the right English word???) which
brings you after 10 miles to the next public main road. Using this street
you reach Hulet after 7 miles or Moorcraft after approximately
20 miles in the other direction. There is nothing more. Here or there one
lonesome house or a lonesome ranch.
Hulet has a small shop, a simple restaurant and a saloon - this is the nearest place for shopping for the ranch. If you just want to buy a beer or a postcard you have to drive seventeen miles ...
The next airport is situated in Rapid City (South Dakota), approximately 160 miles away from Lake Ranch. This is the only place for "bigger" shoppings too.