When Laurel and I were married in 1994, and I moved from Wahoo, Nebraska, near Omaha, to a cattle ranch in northwest Kansas, I knew I had found my Paradise, In 1880,Laurel's grandparents Enoch and Rebecca Fox, homesteaded the first 180 acres of Goddard Ranch where they raised corn and started buying cattle. Now Goddard Ranch consists of over 3,500 acres of pasture and farm land and ,in the same tradition of Enoch and Rebecca, is still a working ranch. When I first came here, I found the open prairie, rolling pasture land, wild flowers, creeks, ponds and wildlife filled my soul with serenity. I loved the ranch so much that I wanted to share the experience and told Laurel what we needed was a guest house for friends and relatives when they came to visit. One Christmas I had a Christmas card on the tree from my stepson, John. Inside I found a picture of a very old, ugly house with the caption, "Your next project. Merry Christmas!" John moved the old, ugly house to our ranch and we started the renovation. That was 10 years, two additions and many gallons of paint ago. Now we can boost of a very beautiful lodge that sits on the side of a hill, with beautiful trees surrouonding it and pasture land as far as the eye can see. Inside is a very spaceous great room, 20x32 feet, that is off from the kitchen and dinning room. There are two bedrooms with a twin bed and bunkbed in each bedroom. A new couch that pull out to a queen size bed with a 7inch mattress in the great room. There are also 2 twin size air mattresses and one queen size mattress available. There are 2 bathrooms, laundry room with washer/dryer and a cabinet with a double sink. All bath towels, linens, dish towels and laundry supplies are included. The kitchen has a stove, refrigator, microwave, dishwasher all pots and pans, dishes, silverware and the cabinets are stocked with the all staples. Cable TV and wireless internet is supplied. Out the front door from the porch, you can watch the horses in the pasture and the cattle grazing over the hill. If you walk up the hill from the back yard, you will find the fishing pond or go about 5 miles down the road to Antelope Lake to fish. You can follow the creek and look for deer antlers, hunt for arrowheads, hike, ride a horse, watch the sunrise and sunset and at night see the panorama of stars while enjoying roasting hotdogs and marshmellows over a campfire. You will never see as many stars shinning at night than out in the open prairie. If you are traveling with horses, we have a fenced in pasture and a barn to board them. If you are a history buff, we have the Indian effigy,Penokee Man, on our land and will take you to see where he lives after almost 1000 years. Near here is one of the last Indian/Calvery shootouts and our museum in Hill City is full of the vast history of this area. My husband, Laurel, loves to tell the stories of the land when his grandparents homesteaded the first 180 arces. In the last 8 years Seven 2 Bar has hosted people from India, Ukraine, Italy and from all over the United States. Our lodge is available for weekend get-a-ways, vacations by the week or month, hunting in the spring and fall, family runion, class reunions, or just to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We offer guided turkey and pheasant hunts. Our guides are very experienced and have trained hunting dogs for your pheasant hunt. I offer home cooked meals and make everything from scratch.
Come and visit us and see the living history of Goddard Ranch at Seven 2 Bar Adventures.
Goddard Ranch is located 60 miles east of Colby, KS on Hwy 24 or 70 miles west and north of Hays, KS. If coming from the West, exit off of the Colbly exit and go north to Hwy 24. Turn east and continue on Hwy 24. You'll go through Hoxie, and by Studley and Morland. After Morland, KS go 2 miles and turn north at 170th Avenue. Go 3 miles north and Goddard Ranch will be on the west side of the road. A sign at the drive will say, Goddard Equipment and Seven 2 Bar Adventures. Coming from the east on I-70 exit at Wakeeney, KS and go north to Hill City,KS, turn west and go 10 miles on Hwy 24. Turn north on 170th Ave and continue to the ranch.
Keywords: hunting lodge, vacation get-a-way, women's groups, quilting, family reunions, bountiful wild life with beautiful scenery, woods, ponds, lakes for fishing and boating near by, Penokee Man, former Indian campground, exploring, working ranch, homemade cooking,small community, friendly people, hometown cafe,open spaces, large front porch with swing, away from the maddening crowds and traffic, PARADISE!
I've always been a small town girl. My hometown is Grand Island, Nebr. and that's the largest city I've ever lived in. For many years Ilived in Wahoo, Nebr. and that's where my children were raised and where I owned and operated a very successful beauty salon. In 1993 I had the good fortune to meet Laurel Goddard, I sold my salon to on one of my stylists and in 1994 married Laurel and moved to northwest Kansas where his cattle ranch was located. From Wahoo, Neb. 36 miles west of Omaha, to a ranch 4 1/2 hours from any major city was quite an adjustment, but I had found my paradise. I found out the business of ranching and farming is not only a job, but a way of life. The people who live here take care of their land and are fiercely protective of it. I learned to ride a horse, move cattle, bottle feed a calf, and fix fence. I went from one house cat to 15 farm cats, give or take a few, and our dog Nacho. We raise a garden,can fruits and vegetables, and make homemade jams from wild sand plums and grapes. I love the small town of Morland, 7 miles from the ranch where you can really get a homemade meal at the Prairie Junction Cafe. I work in the beauty salon, Charlene's Cut and Curl, a couple of days a week. That salon has customers from every town in a 30 mile radius. Morland refuses to die and the people of the town work together to keep it alive. We are just a few months from re-opening our country grocery store which will have a taste of the past and convinces of the modern day. We know our neighbors up and down the country road and are happy to see them pull into the driveway. Some people would find it difficult to live 4 1/2 hours form any major airport, but not me. I go to Italy almost every year to see my cousins, or San Francisco to see my daughter. We can get anywhere from here and here is where life is good.. We are free here and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Come and see what I'm talking about. We're waiting for you. Mary
Clean air, beautiful scenery, homemade cooking, wildlife, friendly people, area churches, 2 fishing lakes minutes away, boating lake less than an hour away, Jayhawker Rodeo the last of July, Bill Goddard Trail Ride the third week of September, Cotton Wood Ranch Cookoff, country life un-interrupted,