In 1984, we bought our first horses and began riding all over the Ruby Valley. Every day off and every vacation, we were riding horses, hunting or fly fishing ' often taking friends along to share in our adventures. In 1985, we purchased 20 acres with Erwin's parents, Tom and Johanna Clark. We now owned a raw piece of land without a road! The sellers, our friends Bill and Linda Larson, cut in a rough road with a Caterpillar tractor. In 1986, we hauled in gravel and spread it ourselves with hand shovels to improve the road. We cut down huge trees to make the bridge and Bill placed them for us with his ' Cat'. We hired a contractor to complete the toughest part of the project ' the road on the hill. In May 1986, we started construction of our cabin and completed it in August. It was a 24' x 24' wood frame structure with a front room, a kitchen, three bedrooms, and a bathroom. This area is now the front room with two bedrooms used for storage and one used for guests. In 1997, we added an additional little cabin next to the lodge for our Montana lodge staff. The hot tub used to be in this cabin and it is still referred to as the ' Hot Tub House'. In 2002, we moved the hot tub to the front porch. We built our Montana lodge in June of 1993 and opened for business in 1994. We now have seven guest rooms ' two have private baths and three extra bathrooms accommodate the rest. We have a lot of domestic animals at our Montana lodge in keeping with our country lifestyle. We have 17 horses and 8 mules that are great, hardworking animals between 5 and 22 years old. In the lodge you'll meet our black lab, Kena, and our two cats ' Mittens and Daisy Duke. Hilda and Turkey are two turkeys that we raised in addition to the goose and ducks that hang around on the river. In 1997, we hired a contractor to dig a pond which is now stocked with 200 Rainbow trout that are 12-14 inches and up. We have a crew of a wrangler or two, a cook, and a housekeeper for the summer. For the hunting season, we employ two guides besides Erwin. For the fly fishing season we have several guides we work with, including Erwin and Sherry. Sherry is the breakfast cook and bookkeeper. Our son, Chris, works with us and is a top guide. Hanna has been with us for a year and a half, she is the dinner cook, but is never limited to that. She may be out on a horse, cleaning house, or taking guests to the airport. She may even accompany guests to Nevada City and Virginia City during a Deluxe Dude Ranch Vacation.