Wow! This is shaping up to be a great summer at Long Hollow Ranch. Weather has been unusually nice this April, allowing us to work outside comfortably. The place is looking better every day: lawns are greening up, garden plots are tilled and waiting for planting time, the horses are getting ready, the pond has been restocked, our main kitchen has been upgraded to be roomier, and we have a great staff ready for a busy summer.
Several new people are on board with us this year in addition to Ron and Pat Jacobson, Karen Jordan and Trever Schutte.
Alison Wallace is a young lady who grew up in the Powell Butte area not far from here, riding horses and doing what country kids do in Central Oregon. She and her sister were home-schooled, and their mom also taught them to do many other things like sewing and cooking and helping their neighbors. Alison has been busy working the ranch horses and checking tack in preparation for the coming season. We are very pleased to have her on our staff.
Kerrie Wallace is Alison’s mom, and she comes to us twice a week to cook breakfast and bake cookies, rolls, pies or whatever we ask for. Yum! She is also a local person and talented in a variety of areas. Kerrie is very smiley and willing to help. I’m sure she will be a great addition to the Long Hollow team.
As the season progresses, we will also be welcoming a few young people from other parts of the world. These are our Workaway volunteers who come to experience western ranch life, immerse themselves in the English language and meet people from all over the globe. Over the years we have been fortunate to have a number of these young people not only to help out but also to acquaint us with their corner of the world. They are a valuable part of our staff during summer at Long Hollow Ranch.
The afore-mentioned Trever Schutte lives next door and comes to help wherever he is needed. He attends Sisters High School and is learning to fly airplanes! Something tells me he will be enjoying Kerrie’s home-baked goods.
Karen Jordan has been putting absolutely fabulous lunches and dinners on our tables for two seasons already and is back again. Not only will you love her tasty food, you will also enjoy her whistling and singing as she works.
Ron and Pat Jacobson are here for the third season also. Ron takes care of all the lawns and he truly enjoys meeting guests and making them feel at home. Pat takes care of bookings and makes sure that guest quarters are clean and comfortable. She also coordinates events. The two of them make a great team and their help is invaluable.
Dick and Shirley Bloomfeldt have been at the guest business here for fifteen years. Dick spends a lot of time at the computer and on the phone taking care of the nitty-gritty parts of the business. He’s happiest outside, picking up sticks and checking things out. He loves chatting with guests, finding out who they are, what they do and how they got here. Shirley is the gardener. Her plan is to use homegrown vegetables as much as possible to put on our tables this year. She also helps with breakfasts, and makes sure that the rest of the house crew have what they need.
We are looking forward to a wonderful season of summer at Long Hollow Ranch this year. Come join us – you’ll be glad you did!