We kicked off summer Memorial Day Weekend! I am just now getting around to updating ya’ll on the fun we all had!! Most activities were small and self guided but it worked out well! The biggest activity was the “Mini Golf Makeover and tournament. Owners refurbished all 18 mini golf holes with their own supplies and tools and time! The results were amazing! If you have not played a round of mini golf you must go check it out! Please everyone play nice , remember to supervise your children, lets try to keep it as nice as we can for as long as we can!!
The Tournament winners were
1st place Salami 46pts
2nd place Moni 47 pts
3rd place Steve Barr & Jonathon Sanger 48 pts
4th place Ryder 51 pts
The Mini Golf Makeover Winners
1st place # 5 the 49ers
2nd place # 10 the Tiki Hut
3rd place # 3 The Golden Gate Bridge
Once again a big Thank You to everyone who took the time to make the mini golf great!!
Four Barrel entertained us Saturday night and as usual they did not disappoint .
We had a 50/50 raffle to help raise money for the resurfacing of the mini golf course. The winners Melanie & Ben won $430.00 ! They graciously donated there winnings back to activites ! So we raised $820.00 from the 50/50 raffle and with the money earned from the spaghetti dinner we are at a grand total of $1370.00 raised . Our goal is $3,000. What other kinds of fundraisers should we do?
Sunday we had 2 creative children participate in the build a pool noodle float contest. Cheers to them!
Sprocket had a pretty busy week ! He was found in some pretty good hiding spots!
Of course the pool was the highlight for most ! The pool was packed all weekend. I know activities have been small this year . I would like to give a shout out to all the adults I saw entertaining ranch kids with water balloon play, whiffle ball fun and even baseball in the campgrounds!! It was awesome to see.
All in All it was a fun weekend. Really the only issues were golf carts! PLEASE,PLEASE remember to slow down. Speed limit is 10 miles per hour. I know golf carts don’t have speedometers and you may not think you are going so fast but many of you are! Cars and RV’s as well please for the safety of everyone on the ranch slow down!
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It’s almost summer! Memorial Day Weekend is only about 2 1/2 weeks away. The first big weekend of the summer season! With that being said there are some things we all need to remember when we are at the ranch!
1st thing is please drive slow! In a vehicle or a golf cart the speed limit is 10 mph! Remember this is a kid free range zone! Things get pretty relaxed here in the winter but is drastically different once school lets out!
2nd Any person under the age of 16 must wear a bicycle helmet while riding bikes! No skateboards , roller blades or roller skates are allowed on the ranch.
3rd All Owners, Associates and Guests
must be issued a wristband prior to being granted entry to R-Ranch. Wristbands must be worn at ALL
times and may not be altered. If a wristband is broken visit the ROA office as soon as possible and
you will be issued a replacement at no charge.
4th You must be 15 years old to drive a golf cart! Please drive responsibly everyone!
5th Pool rules….Glass in the pool area is strictly forbidden. Any glass brought into the pool area will result in an immediate $500.00 fine charged to the Owner’s Share. Chairs, tables and lounges which have items on them that are left unoccupied for more than one-half (1/2) hour, may be used by other pool occupants. Other pool occupants are advised to carefully remove and put aside the items found on the chairs, tables and lounges and notify Pool Staff of their actions, and the location of the items, to avoid a confrontation with the previous user.
The Ranch assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged personal items brought to the pool.
Water balloons and chewing gum are not allowed in the Pool area. Water guns may ONLY
be used IN the pool. Music is provided by the ranch via speaker system. Any other music may be
used only with headphones.
Pool attendants are on duty during the summer months and at other designated times.
When on duty, they are in charge of the pool area and their directions must be obeyed. If an Owner
has any type of issue with a Pool Attendant they should report the problem to the Ranch Manager. The
Ranch does not provide Life Guards. As such, caution should be exercised by all swimmers.
All minors must be monitored by their parent or guardian who is ultimately responsible for
their health and safety. Minors under the age of 14 MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian at
all times when inside the gated area of the pool. If it is discover that a minor under the age of 14 has
been dropped off at the pool without adult supervision that minor will be returned to their parents and
a fine will be imposed.
6th No one under the age of 18 in the lodge pool room!! This pool room is for adults only please keep your children out of there at all times!!
And last the store parking lot is only for people coming to the store and has a 10 minute parking limit. Anyone going to the pool or lodge must park in the upper parking lot, that is cars and golf carts. This parking lot must be kept clear in case emergency vehicles are needed! We have already experienced this this year and it was very difficult to get the needed trucks in and out of the parking area.
That is all ! Now lets get on with all the fun that is to be had on the ranch! Join us Memorial Day weekend for our Pool Noodle Palooza ! Fun for everyone, Pool Noodle art in the park , Mini Golf tournament , Pool noodle obstacle course, make a pool noodle raft or float to be judged at the pool! And a Pool noodle golf cart parade!! As usual watch on our social media pages for more info and Constant contact emails!
Weekend re-cap from R-Ranch at the Lake
Hi everyone! It was such a great Presidents Day Weekend at the ranch! The weather was perfect during the day and a little chilly at night, ok a lot chilly. Many families grabbed the Nature scavenger hunt from the store or office, many “littles” were reported to be running around the campground looking for nature items. Saturday night we got to dance the night away with D.J. Charles. Sunday and Monday were absolute beautiful days! At one point Sunday there must of been 15 kids playing in the creek! The kids owned this ranch this weekend just out enjoying nature! There were groups of older kids playing basketball and volley ball! It was still quiet enough that you could hear the giggles and screams of kids running around and playing! R-Ranch at the lake was a happy place this weekend!
Kissie the Bear had a very adventurous weekend ! He went from the store to a tree by the creek to the lodge firepit and also to the firetruck then bathhouse 5 and several other places ! He was busy! Look for the reel on Facebook and Instagram to see the happy kids who got to find and hide him! Kissie will only be here until February 28th so I hope you will look for him if you are at the ranch.
Now for the not so happy stuff! We received reports of possibly underage drivers in golf carts and crazy driving by others. We know things get a little more relaxed in the winter since we are not as busy please follow the speed limit and age requirements and be respectful of others. Spring break is right around the corner and we will gradually get busier and busier here. For everyone’s safety please follow the rules: Speed limit 10 mph and 15 with a learners permit or drivers license to drive a cart.
We only have one Housekeeper at the moment, please be respectful of her and her time. Give her time to clean a bathhouse when she is there. Please wait or go to another bath house if she is cleaning. Making sure your cabin is clean when you leave. If you are cooking in the lodge kitchen please clean up after yourself and do all your dishes! If you use the Blackstone make sure you empty and clean the grease tray on it.
Keep a watch out for St Patrick’s Day weekend info and Spring Break is right around the corner! Please make sure you are signed up for Constant Contact email blasts as well . If you are not please text 22828 and follow the prompts to keep up to date for info. Also please follow us at R-Ranch at the lake official page at Facebook and or @rranchnapa for Instagram!
See ya soon
I will start with some random mice facts! Did you know that mice can produce up to 75 droppings a day? They can fit in a hole the size of a pencil and they don’t care for cheese. Mice eat 15 to 20 times a day and they have supersonic hearing.
Kind of cute as long as they are not in your RV or house. Since the weather is rainy and cold this is the perfect time for a mouse to come looking for a dry warm home. Prevention is the key, keep them out once they get in you have a war on your hands! There is no new tricks to prevent mice, however if you are consistent and diligent you have a chance.
Bottom line if you don’t have any rodents now and they don’t smell food and can’t find a entry point they will move on and not bother your rig. Once they do get in however and find a warm comfy spot with food they are not gonna vacate the premises very easy. What are your options once they make entry into your camper?
First get the whole camper cleaned up especially before you leave. Pack away anything a mouse might eat or use to make a nest. Then get some traps. Traps can be tricky for our campers since you are not here daily. Trap options :
Live traps, a trap to catch a mouse without killing it and allowing you to release it . It is recommended that you release it a few miles from where you caught it ! If you release it right in your yard it is coming back to your nice warm home.
Next up, snap traps & glue traps! Snap traps can be very effective, if you have no issues getting rid of dead mice.
While I am not a fan of these options sometimes you might have no choice! For those creative handy types you can build your own traps like these.
Hopefully you don’t have to use any of these methods and prevention is enough for you !
If you’ve played mini golf at the Ranch recently, you know it’s in need of repair. It’s been several years since its last redevelopment, and sadly it has deteriorated.
We are asking for your help and while doing so hope to add a bit of fun. We would like to challenge our ranch members to a makeover competition. Any owner, family, group or committee can pick one mini golf hole and rebuild it in a theme of their choice.
You must provide all the materials, design, build, and install your hole between December 1st and Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day weekend we will hold a mini golf tournament. The top 3 winners will choose their top 3 favorite mini golf holes. The makeover winners will have a plaque placed on their winning holes.
Again to sign up click here…..https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B054AA8A929A6FF2-mini
Did you know…………
There you have it, do you have any “did you knows” that you feel are important to pass on? Email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know we now have a RC Track at the ranch? It is true, thanks to Randy Cohn & Dan Frost for the donations and time building it! You may have noticed it across from the playground. If you have a RC Car, feel free to bring it with you to the ranch and use the track. Please note no gas cars or trucks are permitted at this time.
If you don’t have a RC car you may ask, what is it? Radio-controlled cars (or RC cars for short) are miniature model cars, vans, buses, trucks or buggies that can be controlled from a distance using a specialized transmitter or remote. The term “RC” has been used to mean both “remote controlled” and “radio controlled”, where “remote controlled” includes vehicles that are controlled by radio waves, infrared waves or a physical wire connection (the latter is now obsolete). Common use of “RC” today usually refers only to vehicles controlled by radio. There are several different types of RC Cars, you have toy grade, hobby grades which you can get ready to run or buy a kit and build it yourself!
Sound like fun? Are you interested in having your own RC Car? Click the link to check out the best cars for beginners Best RC Cars For Beginners – The Ultimate Guide  as well as a video to watch!
If you already have a car, we would like to invite you out August 13th for some racing fun! We will have a parent vs child race at 10 am, followed by an open race for all at 10:30. Fun for all, children as well as adults, if all goes well maybe we can do this monthly! Hope to see you at the track!
We know when we are tent or cabin camping it takes alot of work packing and getting everything together for a weekend! Then when you get there you have to unpack and set up a kitchen. You will almost always forget something that you might need! If you camp frequently you should have a tote or two ready to go with essentials for your kitchen as well as a pantry. Better yet get yourself a storage locker at the ranch and then you can leave several totes right here ready for you arrival!
Camp Kitchen Essentials
You can get a free print out of a essentials camp kitchen list here https://thewalkingmermaid.com/blog/camp-kitchen-essentials-organization
The storage lockers are located in the same building as the teen center. The lockers are 2x2x4 ,that sounds small but if you are a good packer you can store a lot in there. You could store your kitchen tote, maybe a small grill , chairs, a tent and so much more! Please only store the mini propane bottles & or butane and no food other than can goods!
A storage locker is only $50.00, $25.00 of that is returned when you turn in your key! Stop by the office to rent your own storage locker. It will make heading up to the ranch a lot easier !
What’s new happening at the stables? I am glad you asked!! Friday June 17th is the first Open Invitation Rodeo! Open Invitation means anyone can join! Khloe says if you can stop and turn your horse you can rodeo! Ages 7 and up welcome to sign up, but you have to hurry! The deadline is tomorrow June 15th. Call the ranch office at 707-252-0140 before 5 pm to sign up! And if you are not signed up for the rodeo be sure to head down to the arena and cheer them on!!
In other stables news, have you met Captain Yet ? Captain is a 13 yr old 17Hh Percheron Gelding. He is the sweetest biggest horse I have ever met! He loves carrots and attention! He will give you a great big smile if you can find his happy scratching spot on his neck! Captain use to be a cart horse, now he is training to be a trail horse! He should be ready to hit the trails in the next few weeks! Next time you are at the stables be sure to say hello to Captain and give him a little love! Better yet check out our Amazon wish list here and send him some treats!!
Summer Stables Ride Times are as follows
Trail rides – 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30 and 1pm
Arena rides – 10am and 12pm
Trail card rides – any time between 8am and 2:30pm no reservations needed.
The max # of people on rides is 8
The max # of people on arena rides is 4 People should arrive AT LEAST 15 minutes before their ride time. Rides LEAVE at the scheduled time.
Upcoming Stables Activities ! Mark your calendars, make your reservations the first Painted Sky Ride will be Saturday June 25th , 7:30 to 8:30! Follow a experienced guide on a evening horseback ride, while watching the sky change colors over the mountains! Beginner friendly ,ages 7+ $10.00 pp. Call the Ranch office to book a reservation. Please be sure to arrive at least 15 min before departure time!
That is all for now! See ya at the Ranch!