Continuing on the theme from Ella's post ... what a difference a year makes! In the photo above, that's what the drive looked like this week. A year ago this week, here's what we were doing:
Here's the view south past the horse corrals today:
This next one is a more typical view this time of year of the same area ... this shot was from two years ago, on March 30, 2008:
This is the earliest spring we can recall having out here in 10 years ... we're almost a full month early. Of course, we are delighted in one sense because it makes everything easier in terms of chores -- but it doesn't bode well for stream flows, irrigation, and the fire season this summer. That we are almost entirely snow-free right now is due mostly to this being an El Nino winter. What we will need more than ever to make up for it is a lot of rain over the next few months.
Please keep voting for the ranch in the Shelter Challenge -- and you can vote every day! We're currently in fourth place and still on track to win $3,000 for the animals, but every vote counts! We just slipped from third place to fourth, so please help round up as many votes as you can so we can stay in the running for the $3,000. Ask your family and friends to vote for the ranch, too!
Enter "Rolling Dog Ranch" and our state postal code, MT, for Montana, and it will bring up our listing.
Last year we won $3,000 in the first round and then won the $20,000 Grand Prize in the second round, so your votes really do add up and make for a wonderful gift for the animals here.