Alaska to Montana to where?!

Vrbas DSC08517 I absolutely love having friends from our past come to visit!  We were so lucky to have a family from my high school days travel through and stay a night with us out of the blue.  It really worked out perfectly, and thank gosh for Facebook keeping us in the loop with what our friends and family are doing.  They had been in the car/boat/hotels for nearly a month in their trek across country….with TWO little boys! Brad and Lindsey Steinbach were driving through on their move (Brad is in the Coast Guard) from Alaska to Montana clear over to North Carolina, making stops along the way of course, and we got to be one of the stops!  I think the kids were even more excited than their parents to have some space to run and people to play with.




When Lindsey and Brad were explaining that they were going to go to stay at a ranch, their oldest, Tavin (4) asked, “Ranch? Why are we going to stay in a Dip?”  Tavin and Corbin have been raised in Kodiak, Alaska.  Talk about cool!  They got to experience things most of us will never have the opportunity too, and here they were ecstatic about seeing “Mr. Cows” and riding the 4-wheeler with my kid’s Grandpa Albert…I think Brad might have had some 4-wheeling fun too!



First time seeing a cow in real life….much less a bunch of them!  So much fun to watch these two explore the ranch with our little people!



During their one night stay here, they actually got in on cattle trucks coming into the place,  and the kids thought that was pretty awesome, we drove them up to the Tipi pasture, through the cows, horses, picked wildflowers, and of course a lot of playing for the kids, and 12 years worth of catching up for the adults.  What a blast!  Can’t wait to see you all again, whether in Montana and North Carolina, we will have to make it happen.  There are more pictures on our Facebook page!

Travel safe friends!



Memorial Day: Tanner O’Leary


It is Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those fallen serving our country.  We were lucky enough to go and visit The Battle of The Little Bighorn over the weekend with my family and spend some time learning about that battle.  I am hoping that as the kids get older we will spend our Memorial Day weekend together learning about those who have served our country and visiting areas such as this.  Please remember that as much as this weekend has formed into a celebration of a 3 day weekend, it is not about camping, fishing, playing around.  It is about those who served and are gone now and especially those who died in the line of duty.

In our families The Rancher and I both have many people who have served and lost their lives serving.  We have many men and women who are still serving today and fighting for our freedom.  Every year we remember all of our family and friends who serve and have served over the years.   This year, and every year we remember our dear friend, cousin, and brother, Tanner O’Leary.  He lost his young life in early December 2007 fighting in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division, leaving behind a huge family that loved him, and his little girl.


Today Tanner, we remember you and your brothers and sister’s in arms who have served, and are serving.  Thank you for your sacrifice, to your family as well as friends for their sacrifice and loss.  The Rancher still talks about your crazy tales, your fun way of life, and your sense of humor, you were a brother to the Kougl family, and it is still hard to believe you are gone.  God Bless you and those who are still serving as well as their families.  We wish for a safe return home for all those who are fighting for our country.

Do you have anyone specific that you are remembering today?  I would truly enjoy hearing the stories.