Summertime at Long Hollow Ranch seems a bit more mellow this year than in the last two. Temperatures have been relatively comfortable for outdoor activities, and our guests are enjoying riding, hiking, bicycling, fishing (and the fishing is great this year!), hot dog roasts, dinner on the porch, hummingbird-watching and meeting new friends from around the world.

A few weeks ago our son and his family came for the weekend, bringing two of our grandsons’ high school friends along. The boys decided to go fishing one evening, and in a little over two minutes, each one had caught a fish! You may recall that the ranch has two fishing ponds; one is stocked with trout and has some bass as well. The other pond has bass only. The trout pond is catch-and-release, barbless hook only but the bass pond is open to general fishing.

The horses are in good condition and are traveling the trails regularly. The summer sky is providing some spectacular scenery for the riders, along with the Three Sisters mountains. Our skies are wide open here, and there have been a few storms, making for some impressive sights. The horse trails traverse the length of the ranch and they are also suitable for hikers. Of course there are a number of great hiking trails within a few miles of the ranch as well. Again, our three teenage boys drove to Smith Rock one afternoon and hiked up Misery Ridge, returning with stories of the beautiful scenes available from the top of the Rock.

This is also the season for County Fairs. Central Oregon fairs begin with the Jefferson County fair in Madras on July 27 through 30. This is followed by the Deschutes County Fair in Redmond from August 3 through August 7. Then comes the Crook County Fair in Prineville on August 10 through 13. Going farther afield you could enjoy the day at Fossil, Oregon, attending the Wheeler County Fair from August 9 through the 14th. The Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond is probably the newest in the State with a beautiful layout and very up-to-date venues. It also features a Rodeo, and it is the closest of all the local fairs to our ranch.

Best of all though, is the opportunity to unwind right here at the ranch. Sit on the porch with a glass of lemonade, reading, visiting, or snoozing….. you will return home refreshed after enjoying summertime at Long Hollow Ranch!