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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

West Pawnee Ranch B&B

October 7th, 2014 · No Comments

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Six years ago during my first trip to the Pawnee National Grassland of northeastern Colorado I visited the West Pawnee Ranch Bed and Breakfast. I met Louanne and Paul Timm, who own the ranch, and they showed me around. ​

I decided then that I would return to stay in the Prairie House, which is adjacent to the ranch house. This two room house with separate bathrooms is ideal for traveling with a friend. Last week I finally got to stay there for two nights accompanied by Sharon, my friend and hiking and birding buddy. During our visit we were the only guests.

West Pawnee Ranch is a working ranch four miles from the Pawnee National Grassland. Paul told us that they have 8,000 acres of land. I forgot to ask Paul and Louanne how many head of cattle that they have, but he told me that each cow and calf need 35 acres and he would like to have even more land than they have now.

This is big country. The ranch is isolated, about 13 miles from the nearest paved road. The ranch is 4 miles south of the Wyoming state line, and Cheyenne, 35 miles distant, is the nearest city. The ranch’s address is Grover, Colorado, where a total of 137 people live at the time of the 2010 census 22 miles east of the ranch.

​As we came within view of the ranch this sign welcomed us. The last line of the sign is the ranch’s brand. Paul told us that they call it a “lazy C 5,” since the C and the 5 are lying down.​

​The Trees in the Distance Show that We Are Near the Ranch​​

The Trees in the Distance Show that We Are Near the Ranch

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​The photo below shows Foxy, Louanee and Paul’s sweet little dog, and a bit of Sharon’s car parked next to the house that Sharon and I had all to ourselves.

​​Prairie House, Our Home Away from Home​

Prairie House, Our Home Away from Home

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This Honey Locust tree stands between the Prairie House and the ranch house.

​Sharon Watches Birds from the Ranch House​ Steps

Sharon Watches Birds from the Ranch House Steps

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​I walked around the back of the ranch house, where I found this Western Kingbird.

I Think It's Saying "You're Too Close"​

I Think It's Saying "You're Too Close"

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​At dusk a Northern Harrier made at least three complete loops around the ranch house in search of its dinner.

​​This Raptor Is on the Prowl Around the Ranch

This Raptor Is on the Prowl Around the Ranch

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A few minutes later the sun set on the prairie.

​A Sunset Like No Other I Ever Saw

A Sunset Like No Other I Ever Saw

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​Then it was time for our dinner with Louanne and Paul, wonderful hosts who went out of their way to make our trip a great success. Of course, each of us had steak with all the trimmings.​

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