We’ve been away for a couple weeks. One to go to Wyoming and interview for a couple jobs and one because the danged computer took a dump. That was expensive and I’m still re-loading programs trying to get to my taxes.
The real news is; we are selling out here in Jordan Valley and moving to Wyoming. Owyhee Design is no more. It died for want of interest from the buying public. On Sunday, two fellows will be by to look at my machinery with the intent of buying it. If they don’t take it, I have a nephew who might. If that doesn’t work it goes in a storage unit for about the next 5 years. It’s not that we went bankrupt. It’s just that there is no business. I refuse to put any more money into this business. I’ve determined that it would take a pile to do the job. I have to say, listening to the members on this site has saved me lots of time and money. Hearing your experiences is a great insight. Thank you so much for your friendship and willingness to share your time.
On the plus side, Carleen and I are both employed by The Padlock Ranch with headquarters at Dayton, Wyoming. This is north of Sheridan, Wyoming. If we want a big city we will go to Billings, Montana, so look out Todd. We’ll be by to see ya. We are in the process of moving at this time.
We will be living at the Ash Creek cow camp on the Wyoming-Montana border. I will be responsible for 800 cows and calves, 2000 yearling replacement heifers and be head wrangler for the Wolf Mountain Lodge. Carleen will be cooking and cleaning in the lodge and about anything else that comes along. The pay is excellent, the benefits are great and so are the people. With the economy in the shape it is, we feel blessed to have this opportunity.
The Padlock is one of the largest ranches in the US. It runs over 12,000 cows and quite a bunch of yearlings. The ranch employs 55 people scattered over a half million acres of rangeland in Wyoming and Montana. The ranch has a website where you can see where we are going. I, quite frankly, feel privileged to have a job in these troubled times. I made a five year commitment to these people but also to myself. It is not a contract except by word but it is important none the less.
At the age of 62 and 65 we are starting out on a new adventure. The working ranch vacation business is new to the ranch and while dude work is not new to Carleen and I, I’ve never tried to do a full job of cowboying while trolling a bunch of guests behind me. Life will be interesting. I think the main job will be to”Bring ‘em back alive”. I would love to have any of you come out and spend a week with us. I can promise you a great experience on one of the greatest ranches in North America. The website has more information about the lodge.
The main reason I’m selling the machinery is that there is no place to put it at our new home. The company is remodeling it for us but outside of a back porch where I will put some of the saddle shop, there is no shop. We are discussing a shop in the next budget but I doubt if there will be time to do much in one. Interestingly, the cowboy running the camp next to mine is a saddle tree maker who closed his shop. It seems that many of us who left the ranch to try the business world are returning to our roots. I moved to Oregon from Wyoming nearly 20 years ago. It is good to be returning to the nearest place I can call home. It is a bitter sweet time for me. We invest a lot of ourselves in these shops and it is not easy to let go. I still have a couple projects to finish and post so I’m not gone yet, but soon. We don’ t have the internet at our house yet but as soon as we do you will hear from me. Lurking is free and it will let me keep up with all of my good friends here at Lumber Jocks. Thanks a heap for all the good times. Drop in any time, the latch string’s always out and the pots on.
-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon