Day 2 - Wednesday August 1, 2018
Our morning began with a bit of a late start as we all settled into our accommodations followed by an Orientations of the Ranch including Do's and Don'ts during our stay. We took a quick driving tour of the ranch roads and trails which gave us a good sense of the beauty that would unfold as the weeks progressed. The driving tour was followed by a quick trip into Saratoga, about 15 miles away to buy provisions (mostly chips and alcohol)! The real artists personalities are starting to come out. (Smile)
Lunch is provided daily which was followed by working in our studios but there is no set schedule or requirements. Walking the man trails is encouraged as well as time to relax, meditate and just be inspired by the beauty and workings of the ranch lifestyle.
Dinner was shared again family style, followed by another hour around the campfire then Steve and I walked up to where we thought we heard a concert, but mostly to photograph the horses along the fence line at sunset. The long walk proved to be mostly uphill as we gasped for air at the 7,500 elevation our bodies hadn't quite adapted to too say the least! The warm hues of amber and radiant green fields were just what we needed to capture some initial images to "get us out of the gate" with Steve's Brush Creek Collection. We had some fun posing with our cowboy hats for our social media posts as we took our thermos full of wine along on our evening hike! My favorite photograph remains our shadows complete with cowboy hats, walking DOWNHILL! Whew!