Weekly Roundup Report 7/27

TASKS ACCOMPLISHED

Monday, July 23

  • groomed south Paddock trail
  • painted Plum Creek bridge
  • spot-painted metal railings

Tuesday, July 24

  • Team Leader strategy trail ride

Wednesday, July 25

  • groomed Pine Hollow trail
  • groomed Wildfire Gulch trail
  • groomed Sunset Ridge trail
  • groomed Six Gun Draw trail

Thursday, July 26

  • groomed Paddock Ridge trail
  • groomed Hideout Hollow trail
  • groomed Wild Horse Mesa trail
  • groomed Owl Hoot Ridge trail

Friday, July 27

  • painted Plum Creek bridge
  • scouted Ed Young trail
  • final grooming of all other trails
  • indoor campfire with US Secret Service Agent, Derek Booth

 

HIGHLIGHTS

A NEW WALKING OPPORTUNITY.  BMREC owners decided to limit gator driving to very few people in order to increase safety standards.  Although we could look at this as an extra burden, we are choosing to see it as an opportunity to help us slow down and focus on "final" trail grooming that is actually easier when we are forced to walk the trails.

8-DAY PLAN.  We only have eight days left before the Ranch Hand Leadership Academy ends.  Our two team leaders, Zane and Logan, spent a day with Jerry riding and assessing the trails, discussing where we are at in meeting our summer objectives, talking about how we can motivate each team member during these final days and even sharing ideas to improve the program for next year!  We met the next morning with the team and Zane and Logan shared their thoughts with the group.  With successful buy-in from their teammates, the two teams began implementing their plan.  A new daily "ice cream award" is now given to the hardest workers in both teams as a way to motivate everyone (chosen by secret ballot for each team).  Zane and Logan will also be giving out "special" awards at the graduation breakfast for those team members who have gone beyond expectations to help the team in some way.

Logan, Jerry and Zane spent all Tuesday strategizing and planning our last 8 days of work.

Logan, Jerry and Zane spent all Tuesday strategizing and planning our last 8 days of work.

Zane wasn't feeling too well that day.  Here he is simulating what he felt like doing while we were on the trail!  (upchucking)

Zane wasn't feeling too well that day.  Here he is simulating what he felt like doing while we were on the trail!  (upchucking)

TRAIL INSPECTION DAY.  Jose and Jerry drove and walked the trails to begin "end of the year" inspection of trail grooming.  Overall, the inspection went well with very little need for teams to re-groom a trail.

Jose, after adjusting a crooked sign.

Jose, after adjusting a crooked sign.

Jose groomed some of trails during inspection so the teams wouldn't have to come back to do it themselves!

Jose groomed some of trails during inspection so the teams wouldn't have to come back to do it themselves!

SCOUTING OUT ED YOUNG.  Gavin and Jerry spent some time on Ed Young Mountain with Amy (board stakeholder) to define the trail that we should cut and groom next week.  It was an exhausting few hours trying to keep up with Amy as we marked the trail with ribbons and cut a few branches.  The most exhausting part was walking back to the gator from the opposite side of the mountain...fortunately, Tim Penrod kindly picked us up and transported us toward the end.

Gavin, king of the mountain...

Gavin, king of the mountain...

The long walk back to the gator.

The long walk back to the gator.

GARDEN CART ASSEMBLY.  Jose and Jerry spent a few hours reading instructions and assembling a garden cart to be used with the new food truck.  Jose is good with his hands and figured things out pretty quickly.

Jerry tightening a hex nut on the garden cart.

Jerry tightening a hex nut on the garden cart.

Jose with the finished product!

Jose with the finished product!

SPOT PAINTING.  Nate and Jane spent some time spot painting the metal railings around the ranch.  

Nate and Jane did a great job making some of our railing fences look like new!

Nate and Jane did a great job making some of our railing fences look like new!

CAMPFIRE WITH SPECIAL US SECRET SERVICE AGENT DEREK BOOTH.  We were privileged to spend some time with and hear a presentation by Derek Booth.  Derek Booth has been assigned to protection details for every U.S. President since Bill Clinton and spent 4.5 years permanently assigned to President George W. Bush and his family. He has also been assigned to Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates Al Gore, Joe Lieberman, Barack Obama, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Bernie Sanders, and most recently Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  But with all the celebrities and leaders he has spent time with, Derek honored his grandfather for the leadership trait of humility.  He also told us that the most important people in his life were the four sitting in the room with us (his wife and two kids) as well as another son who just began serving a church mission.

US Secret Service Agent Derek Booth addressing the team.

US Secret Service Agent Derek Booth addressing the team.

Derek with the team (spotlight on Derek!)

Derek with the team (spotlight on Derek!)

Jerry Van Leuven