Ep. 106: Harvest Hosts – Starry Hollow Ranch | Utah RV travel camping

Hey folks, welcome back to GrandAdventure! I'm your host Marc Guido, and we're trying out something different onthis trip: we're going to break in our membership with Harvest Hosts here atthe Starry Hollow Ranch, so stick around! So in case you're not familiar withHarvest Hosts, they're a membership organization that costs $79 per year andin exchange for that you have the ability to spend a night overnight at741 locations around the US and Canada.

Those locations range from vineyards tofarms and ranches, even museums.

They even have a separate Golf Plus membershipwould that includes golf courses.

It's a wonderful way to spend the night whileyou're traveling and not have to sit in an asphalt parking lot at the local WallyWorld.

We're at the Starry Hollow Ranch, which is in Tooele County innorth-central Utah.

This is a beautiful place!Owners Shayne and Genny have opened up their doors to let us stay on theirproperty.

We're parked right next to the barn.

They have a wonderful collection ofanimals here, almost all of which are rescued, and we'd like to show you arounda little bit.

The Starry Hollow Ranch is located just above tiny Rush Valley, anagrarian community in the West Desert of north-central Utah, population 447.

Thispeaceful, bucolic ranching area sits about an hour southwest of Salt LakeCity.

That's Big Hollow, and at the top of thedead-end road that leads up Big Hollow sits Starry Hollow Ranch.

Our hosts Gennyand Shayne, formerly full-time RVers themselves, purchased their twenty acreranch three years ago and just recently signed on to be hosts in the HarvestHosts system.

While they have space for up to three rigs, we're their only gueststhis weekend, and we're spending the night on a nearly perfectly level gravelpad next to their large barn.

As the ranch has grown, Genny and Shayne havetaken in rescued animals including horses, alpacas, avicuña, goats and, of course, dogs and cats, who are all now living out a comfortableand loving life on the ranch.

So I wanted to take the opportunity tointroduce you guys to Genny and Shayne, our hosts here at Starry Hollow Ranch.

What is Starry Hollow Ranch to you guys? Starry Hollow Ranch is 20 acres in theWest Desert of Utah that is kind of a little bit of an anomaly.

When you thinkof the West Desert of Utah you think of the Salt Flats, but we live at 6, 400 feetand it's green and lush.

We're up in the mountains.

For us it is peace and quiet, and a place for us to build our dreams.

And animals.

And rescue animals.

Grow ourown food, try to be self-sufficient, have solar, live off the land.

Yes, homesteading somewhat, as much as we can.

You've got an absolutely beautifulspread.

Now, what made you guys decide to to become Harvest Hosts?So, when we wereliving in San Diego we decided that we wanted to move out of California, and wesold all of our stuff and bought an RV and decided to travel around so we couldfigure out where we wanted to move to — which is how we found this location — andso we were members of Harvest Hosts.

We stayed at several locations when we weretraveling, and then when we got here and got set up.

I felt like I really enjoyedit so much and the people that we met, and the experiences that we had becausethey're so unique where you're going.

Like, if somebody comes here they'recoming to our home.

We went to wineries and we went to cheese factories, and youcan go to breweries, and just .

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it's so much fun! Interesting stuff, and you meetgreat people, that I felt like I wanted to give that back and experience that .

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you know, helping other people experience that from the other side.

And then noteverybody's gonna live on a farm in their life, but when they come here theycan do it for a day or two and see what it's like.

We've really appreciated youshowing us the animals and showing us the property, and now you folks arerelatively new to the Harvest Hosts system, right?Oh yeah, we just signed up I thinka few months ago, yeah.

And how's it been going so far? Great! We love it.

We love having people out.

We did it right at the right time because we did have a verylong winter here, and finally when the snow melted we decided, let's sign up! Andwe started getting people right away.

I thought maybe because we're remote andI don't think at this point there's a ton of locations in Utah that are partof Harvest Hosts, that maybe we'd get a few people now and again, and we have had so many people calling it's been fantastic! So I'm really looking forwardto meeting everybody that wants to come by and I hope it remains busy.

We're really grateful to you for letting us into your lives for this weekend andallowing us to share it with Grand Adventure! Thank you very much!Thank you.

Thank you.

Hosts who volunteer to be Harvest Hosts receive no compensationfor welcoming overnight guests onto their property.

As a Harvest Hostsmember, the protocol is therefore to spend a little bit of money to returnthe favor.

Genny and Shayne offer mountain spring-fed water for $5 per fill-up, and a 20 amp electrical service for $10.

We took them up on both, and also picked up a couple of dozen farm-fresheggs from their chickens.

Are you being our guide, Winston?Making sure we're protected? Shayne spent the afternoon of our arrival touring mearound the ranch, explaining in detail how everything comes together.

A year anda half old now.

The old girl here in the corner is one of the old mamas, we don'tknow how old she is.

She was found on the side of Bangerter Highway with this girl, with wire and rope wrapped in her hair, wrappedin her horns.

And then mama, the other mama, the third one we adopted them from the.

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from the Salt Lake Animal Shelter, and they.

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we didn't know this, but she camepregnant.

There we go, so those are about a month old right now.

These are called Nigerian Pygmies? Nigerian Dwarfs.

Dwarfs, excuse me.

Luna! You are a friendly one.

donor and Juliette they're sisters and a And Juliet, they're sisters, both came pregnant and they had babieswithin 24 hours of each other.

The first set, and this is the second set.

Now what gives Ursa that beard that the others don't have?I'm not exactly sure, I don't know that.

Some of them do, why some you get a beard and some don't.

Curious little things, aren't they?Oh, they're so much fun! I stopped watching TV, I come out here and sit.

I can understand why.

Those horns are impressive!They really are! Not like Comet's, Comet just looks like .

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I don't know.

In quarantine are the new ones that we justrescued, and you can tell that they're, they need to put some meat on their bones.

Werescued them from West Valley City and the guy there hadn't fed them for quite along time, so.

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So sadThey are, they're currently on a high-protein diet to putsome meat on their bones.

And this one closest to you, the brown one , it's notactually an alpaca — it's a vicuña.

What that is, is in Chile, Argentina, Peru .

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those, those Southern Alp areas, really high, high areas down there, the vicuña is a wild deer equivalent.

So they're not really a domesticatedanimal so much.

They are here, but they're very few and far between.

Most everything that you have here are alpacas.

So when we got him, neither ofthese three have ever been sheared, not one time.

And so they were wearing like 34-year, 4 year old fur coats and basically roasting in the sun.

And so we couldn't tell how skinny they were until we got everything off.

Heactually collapsed and we almost lost him because he didn't havemuch energy, and the stress from moving him, and stuff like that.

We took him to the vet and they pumped him full of good vitamins and dewormerand everything, and for about a week we had to hand feed him and bottle feed himwater, and get him going.

Now he's up and on his own, and doing pretty good.

That's wonderful to hear! Yeah, one breed is called Huacaya andone breed is called a Suri, and it, and it's basically the difference of howtheir fleece grows.

So Huacaya is more like a sheep's wool, and the Suri is morelike I, I always say it looks like dreadlocks.

Makes sense to me.

Our six healthy alpacas here are, we have two Huacayas in there and four Suris andthey came from a ranch in Eden in northern Utah, Huntsville.

And sothey are those, are the ones that we've had forever.

They're the most amazing animals.

They, they're from the camel family, so they don't eat very much.

They don'tdrink a whole lot.

They all poop in one spot, the whole herd will poop in oneplace, so when you clean it up I only have one spot to go!I wish I could teach my dogs to do that!I know, I know.

Wish I could get all the animals, youknow.

So what are their, what are theirpersonalities like? So, they're very docile.

They can, males can get aggressivetowards each other when they're, when they're fighting a little bit.

And itkind of looks, it's the funniest fight, it looks like two giraffes going fighting, but other than that they're they're very quiet.

They're herd animals, so they basically stay herded up together.

They don't moveoff.

I mean, if I could let them all out and they wouldn't leave the property.

They just kind of stay.

These six that we have have not been very friendly, sovery rarely do they let you touch them.

The other three are veryvery friendly, and you can get a lot more closer to them.

Madeleine, the white oneright here, she is the most friendly out of these ones, and she might just comeright up to you check you out.

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She's like, “Yeah, okay, okay.

“”Got what I needed to know.

“That's about it.

These two are rescues.

Dominic here kind of camefrom a bad situation we.

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see, he's got scars down both sides.

I'm doubting atthis point that I'll ever be able to trail ride on him.

He was a stud for 16years and treated accordingly, and when we got him we had to get him fixed andthen spent the last, basically year and a half working on him gaining thetrust of humans again.

I am good with him.

My wife's gettingbetter with him, but other people .

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he just doesn't have the trust at all.

Elsieis a, was a wild mustang from the Onaqui wild horses right on the otherside of the hill here.

And she is old now, she's 19.

She was brought in when she was just a colt.

Are you waiting for me? Oh, youneed to get your hooves done.

Ready for some carrots? Afternoon carrot time? She doesn't want her bangs tucked behindher ear, she's not like Shakira! Make it look all pretty.

No, she's fine if it's in front of her eyes.

So this is an argument I'm witnessingright here.

Yeah, this is an argument and they will spit at each other.

Yes they do have that camel in them, don't they? Yep.

The one of the right is like, “What did I do?” Eventually milking goats and making soapfor goat's milk soap, a lot more natural soap.

And we'll have a little shop herein the corner of the barn for selling eggs and alpaca dryer balls.

I'll show you those ina minute.

And just multiple things that we produce here on the on the farm.

Alpaca fleece right here, and we have made it into spinnable yarn, we've made it intoroving, and made them into stuff.

This stuff will essentially become alpaca dryerballs.

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babies and we didn't get them all in astraight run , so, but he's .

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he's the king right here, and he's the sweetestrooster we've had.

We've had some really mean ones that are no longer with usanymore.

And we got some absolutely beautifuleggs from you guys! Farm-fresh.

So what we do is, we compost in these threebins and the chickens basically turn it for us.

And then from there thecompost will go over to, I'll show you the garden next.

But that's basicallywhat all of our conditioning soil and everything goes to.

So the alpacasactually are, they don't.

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their poop doesn't have to be composted at all.

Itis garden ready right when it comes out.

And it's because they have fourfour stomachs, and when it comes out it's not what they call hot and has to bebroken down a little bit, so the pH balance is perfect.

We can normally take fresh ingredients for the compost andturn it into useable dirt when it's hot in the summer in about 18 days, and putit right into the garden.

So this breed is a French Black Copper Maran, andthey're actually really hard to get hens.

We got five, the first fivechickens we've ever had were French Black Copper Marans, and two didn'tmake it from young, and the other three ended up all being roosters.

And theywere mean roosters.

This is one that we just bought, this little silver one andhe ended up being a rooster.

A skier in Cottonwood Heights .

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I love that! .

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made that for us.

Much better than an Adirondack chair! This old tractor is actually from 1949.

That's back when they made stuff that lasts, so yep .

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it still runs.

On Saturday eveningit was snack time for the animals as some of Genny's and Shayne's friendsstopped with their family for a visit.

When they're like this, then they can't kick you.

Yeah! That's Luna Tuna! This is ourfavorite girl.

So if you'd like a little moreinformation about Harvest Hosts for yourself, we'll put a link to theirwebsite down below in the description of this video.

We encourage you to checkthem out.

We're already impressed.

This is thefirst time we've stayed at one of their places, and it certainly won't be thelast.

We'd like to thank Shayne and Genny fortheir wonderful hospitality.

Shayne spent about two hours touring mearound their ranch property today, and I really genuinely enjoyed it.

It was a lotof fun learning about how they run their operation here.

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