Hello from R+D Ranch! We are so excited to host all of you coming for the 2017 total solar eclipse! We would love to keep you posted on how we are preparing as well as give you an idea of what life on our ranch is like!
First things first, you are probably wondering who the Foss family really is! So let us intoroduce ourselves:
Rick Foss aka “Pistol Pete” aka “Boss Man” aka “Old Crusty Cowboy” was raised on the big GI Ranch south of Paulina, OR near Brothers, OR. In his younger days, he rode bulls and saddle bronc horses. Nephew, Austin Foss, is continuing the rodeo tradition and is recognized as one of the top bareback riders in the world. Today, Rick owns Industrial Concepts LLC, a constriction and fabricating business located in Prineville, OR.
Dawn Foss aka “Mama Foss” aka “Boss Lady” aka “Officer Dawn” was raised in Harlan, OR on a small cattle ranch. She would spend her summers logging with her dad alongside her four brothers. She started as a police officer for 15 years before she followed her dream of being a school teacher. Dawn married Rick 3 years ago. Together they have six kids and a handful of grandchildren with one more on the way.
Jordan (Reeher) aka “Jordy” aka “fireman” is Dawn’s youngest son that is living on the ranch while he fights wildland fire for the Prineville BLM. Jordan grew up in Prineville, OR before continuing his education at Concordia University. There, he studied Business Administration and ran track as an All-American athlete. Jordan also has a new-found love for rock climbing at Smith Rock.
Erin (Reeher) aka “Farm Girl” is Jordan’s wife also living on the ranch. She grew up in Pasco, WA and also chose to further her education at Concordia University. She studied Exercise Science and played soccer for the women’s team winning their first national title in 2013. She is learning how to farm like the Foss family and climb like her husband this summer.
Glen Felix aka “Gleen” aka “future farmer” is one of Jordan and Erin’s college friends who is also fighting fire for the BLM and staying at the Ranch this summer. He too ran track at Concordia leading the team in the 200m sprint. Glen is one of the nicest people we know and loves helping on the farm as much as possible on his days off. You may also find him backpacking anywhere in the PNW.
There is the crew so on to the update…
Today is cattle moving day! Yes, we love our cattle but we figured y’all would appreciate camping cattle-free. Eddyville will be their temporary home where the feed is endless.
Our irrigation is up and running so we are working on keeping our fields green and dust free. Rick is installing a pivot in the lower field on Monday so the fields will have plenty of water to quench their thirst! It is starting to get pretty warm out here so bring your summer clothes!
Dawn has also been working hard to get everything squared away with the city so that we can make your stay as easy as possible. The fire department has visited and approved, we have been added to the city website, and we have been communicating with the local event coordinator. We were happy to hear that the coordinator loved our website and said we are doing everything we need to provide a fun and relaxing camping experience.
Meanwhile, Erin is weed-eating until her hands can’t take it anymore. We are working hard to get this place ready!
God Bless you all! More to come.