Deschutes_River_at_Cline_Falls_State_Park,_OregonCan you believe the weather this winter? There have been plenty of records set all over the country, I think. Ninety degree weather in March in Phoenix, Arizona, where we came to escape the winter up north. Sixty and seventy degree weather up north, with very little snow or rain. And it’s usually in the forties or fifties at best.

But, I can still remember a winter at least twenty years ago when Oregon’s ski resorts did not operate until Easter weekend, so we could still have a chance for winter this year, too.

Speaking of Easter, have you ever wondered how the dates for Easter are determined? Inquiring minds want to know, so I Googled it. It turns out that the first day of spring, March 20th, is called the Vernal Equinox. The date for Easter is on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox. However, when the first full moon occurs on a Sunday then Easter is the following Sunday. Who sits around thinking all these things up? But anyway, this year the first full moon after March 20 is on Saturday, April 4th, so Easter is on Sunday, April 5th. Funny, my grandson actually learned that at his high school about the same time I found it on Google. They never taught us that when I was in high school.

So, back to spring. The fruit trees are blooming, daffodils and crocuses and tulips are in their glory. Does it mean that we will have an early spring and a long summer? Who knows? But life goes on, and Long Hollow Ranch is preparing for a busy summer season. We have some plans in mind to make your stay at LHR more comfortable, enjoyable and entertaining this year.

One of the things we are working on is an expanded horse program, which includes ground work in addition to trail riding. We are also preparing to host guests who bring their own horses and use the ranch as their base. They can keep the horses in our “horse hotel,” which is a series of stalls and corrals. There is also plenty of space for stock trailers. After a restful night in our comfortable rooms, they can take their trailers out for day trips in the area. We serve them breakfast before they leave and dinner after they return.

Very often our women guests are avid horse lovers, but their men would rather golf or fish. So at Long Hollow, the girls can ride one of our great horses to their hearts’ content while the men go a few miles off to enjoy a day at the links. Our resident golfer, Ron, has negotiated “stay and play” packages with some of best courses in the area. As for fishing, we have it available at our ponds, as weather conditions permit; if the conditions aren’t great at our ponds, then the Deschutes River and other good fishing streams are nearby.

So you see, there is plenty going on in Central Oregon – something for everyone, as they say. Stay tuned for new developments at Long Hollow and in Sisters country. Then come and see us. You’ll be glad you did!