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THE 9 LINES JULY 4TH SPECIAL EDITION

JUNE 30TH, 2011 A WEEKLY PUBLICATION!

Cloud 9 Ranch Club

Special Points of Interest: • Live Music Playing at the T-Top on July 2nd • What is all the excitement about? See Page 9 • July 4th Souvenir T-Shirts Available at Trading Post

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"ADVANCE NOTICE - GET YOUR TEAMS TOGETHER (5 to a team - 2 must be female) July 16th, 2011 Mud Dog Day was such a success and we saw so many kids, adults, young and old, loving the mud. One impromptu event on Saturday was some tug-o-wars that was a lot of fun to watch and many wanted to participate. So, we’ve put on our thinking caps and have come up with a plan to organize a tug-o-war competition. Anyone can enter with a team (asking each team to pick a name) with 5 team members-2 members must be female. Cost for each team is $25 entry fee. It will be an elimination bracket type competition where the overall winning team takes a percentage of entry fees. No limit to the number of teams. Youth Bracket competition with 3 on each team ($10 entry fee) and even a one on one challenge for any age ($5 each). There will be food booths and as always great door prizes! We hope to see you having fun in the Mud! For more information please contact ranchoutfitters@gmail.com

FISH FRY AT FOGGY JULY 9TH

CRAFT HOUSE NEWS– LET’S MAKE SOMETHING!

Cloud 9 Ranch is making a great effort for you, our members, to get the very most out of your Cloud 9 Membership. This sumLooking for a way to mer has been packed with lots express your of fun and entertainment for the creative side? whole family. One special event weekend that you do not want The Cloud 9 Ranch Craft to miss out on is July 9th. House offers Craft Classes. The Conservation Committee • July 6th-10AM Make at 4 will be hosting a Fish Fry right piece tile and cork on the creek down in Foggy! coaster set. Cost is only Everyone is invited to come out $4. Great souvenir or for dinner and enjoy music and gift for someone special. fun times on the creek side! Stop by for a visit at the Make plans to attend, you will Craft House. be glad you did. We have something for Story Continued on Page 3 everyone!

Inside this issue:

Geostash

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Conservation

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Relax at Cloud 9 5 Kids Korner

6

Poker Run

7

Event Calendar

8

The Next Mud Bog

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GOSPEL BLUEGRASS SUNDAY JULY 3RD, 2011 The Cloud 9 Ranch Chapel would like to invite everyone to the Chapel to hear the Music of “Unashamed”. On Sunday, July 3rd this Gospel Bluegrass group will be performing at the Ranch Chapel. This is a great opportunity for the entire family to come out and enjoy some good music and the fellowship of Cloud 9 Ranch Members.

HESPERUS PHOTOGRAPHY Where the Focus is on YOU CUSTOM PHOTO SESSIONS available onsite at BEAUTIFUL Cloud 9 Ranch July 3rd & 4th Limited availability. Call or e-mail to schedule your session today! 618.520.6288 / kari@hesperusphotography.com Check us out on Facebook or online at www.hesperusphotography.com!

“Unashamed” Gospel Bluegrass Sunday July 3rd 10AM Ranch Chapel

Do You Like Your Country WHAT IS GEOSTASH?????????????????????????????? Music with a Little Kick? Then Don’t Miss This…. “Art Bentley” Rockin’ The Ranch August 27th 8PM Voted Male Solo Artist of the Year for 7 Straight Years by 417 Magazine Get Your Rockin’ The Ranch T-Shirts and CD in the Trading Post! Don’t Miss this Event

In September 2000 a game called Geocaching was started worldwide. In 2005 several members of Cloud 9 Ranch wanted something similar on Ranch property. Geostashing was born with the first Geostash named Brad’s. Since then several more have been added and a few lost. As I am writing this there are 23 active Geostashs and 1 that is missing. There are 8 that have been declared lost. Geostashs are containers that are hidden in various places on Ranch property. Each Geostash has a set of coordinates, these coordinates are a Latitude and Longitude. You will need a GPS receiver to play this game. You might get lucky and find a few Geostashs without a GPS but it would be pure luck. In the original Geocaching the containers are hidden and never moved, and usually are placed on public property. Geostashing is a little different, the containers are moved after several finds or after they have been in one place for an extended time. This was done to keep the game interesting and to keep from wearing path’s to the Geostashs. Due to the differences our game is called Geostashing instead of Geocaching. Originally the movements of the Geostashs was tracked on the forum site www.cloud9ranch.net. Since then a dedicated site has been set up by me. This site is for Geostashing only and nothing else is allowed on it. This site is www.kroutonline.com. There is a link to a forum for tracking movements of the Geostashs. You will need an email address to register on the forum. I suggest setting up a gmail (or something similar) account if you don’t like using your main email address. I have to authorize you before you can start posting on the websiteforum, this is done to keep the posts for Viagra and other items to a minimum. I also will not allow any posts that are not directly related to Geostashing. Any other posts will be deleted or edited. Geostashing is a family friendly game and I want to keep it that way. Some of the Geostashs have disposable cameras in them and there are also links to pictures that have been taken on those cameras on the site. In June 2011 I placed a new white notebook in the clubhouse on the book shelf. It is clearly marked for Geostashing. Continued on Page 4


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CLOUD 9 RANCH CONSERVATION COMMITTEE The Cloud 9 Ranch Conservation Committee is on the move! As we do this hopefully we will have more and more folks getting involved with Ranch Conservation.

“Why should I join?” • Do you enjoy the outdoors? • Do you love the Ranch wonder what’s being done to take care of this beautiful resort? • Do you enjoy the fishing and wildlife in this area? • Would you like to do more to promote resource management for the greater good of the Ranch? • Are you concerned about your environment and want to do something to help? If you can answer “Yes” to any of these questions then maybe this group can help you answer other questions you might have about conservation efforts or recreational opportunities in and around the Cloud 9 area. Join the Conservation Committee (by the way did we mention the membership is FREE), and you can learn more about how to take better care of our natural resources'.

Wedding Invitation:

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Ranch Members George Sears and Fernita Harmon July 1st 6PM C9R Chapel Reception Information: Potluck & Party to follow wedding ceremony. The reception will be held at the Melody Lane 68 fire ring. BYOB

MESSAGE FROM RANCH RIDERS Please Do Not Remove or Change the Flagging Ribbons on the Poker Run Route! The Poker Run Route has been chosen with care for the safety of the riders. Removing or Changing of the flagging could send riders on an un-safe trail. The Flagging will remain on the route for several days after the poker run for those that would like to ride it again. Thanks, Chuck

Race Schedule 417-257-2112

ACTIVTIES PARADE COMMITTEE Would like to announce: Parade Grand Marshall Bill Dickens Ranch King and Queen Chuck & Marylou Ruckdeschell

Parade Theme: 39 and Holding Parade Route Line Up-School House Lonesome Pines Spring Hill Hill Country Return to School House Judging For Floats will be at the School House. Everyone come out to the parade and join the fun! HELP NEEDED

Cake Walk July 2nd at 2PM The Cake Walk on Saturday is being hosted by the employee appreciation committee. If you would like to assist in making cakes or working at the cake walk, please Contact Judy Please be aware that the trash dumpsters can not be used for the following items: Electronic waste, paint, liquids, auto batteries, motor oil, Freon fill components, construction materials, dead animals, medical waste, hazardous waste, whole tire. Full list of items posted on dumpsters.


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GEOSTASH CORDINATES * STORY CONTINUED Name

Latitude

Longitude

Placed

Arrive Alive

N36 38.610

W092 08.871

6/21/11

B-M-1

N36 39.454

W092 10.194

Missing

B-M-2

N36 40.997

W092 09.452

6/22/09

B-M-3

N36 38.763

W092 08.571

6/21/11

BCHMN5

N36 41.376

W092 09.725

6/19/10

Brad’s

N36 38.338

W092 08.058

6/20/10

Camo Me

N36 37.969

W092 08.932

6/22/09

CMA-2

N36 40.388

W092 07.176

6/20/10

F.D. Search

N36 40.375

W092 07.869

3/25/10

ICU

N36 39.327

W092 07.480

4/15/11

Jeepers Creepers

N36 41.308

W092 09.585

6/19/10

Kids Stash

N36 40.294

W092 09.826

10/31/10

Krout #1

N36 39.973

W092 08.572

6/21/11

Krout #4

N36 39.625

W092 08.442

6/21/11

Krout #5

N36 40.849

W092 09.060

6/21/11

Krout #6

N36 39.943

W092 09.929

6/21/11

Krout #7

N36 39.755

W092 08.774

6/21/11

Leodler #1

N36 40.176

W092 07.963

4/14/10

Live2Stash #1

N36 37.472

W092 07.832

6/20/10

Piddle Tree

N36 40.206

W092 08.828

6/21/10

Post-It

N36 40.646

W092 10.154

3/25/10

Sick-Lid

N36 39.437

W092 08.178

6/20/10

Todd 4

N36 41.438

W092 09.209

6/22/09

What the Heck

N36 40.001

W092 09.901

8/25/09

Cloud 9 Ranch Conservation Committee Brats, Dogs and Burger Cookout 6PM July 2nd Find Us By the Big Top!

If you don’t have access to a computer while at the Ranch you can look in that book and get the coordinates. For this to work anyone that moves a Geostash will have to write the new coordinates in that book. I also ask that you post the move on the forum on the site or send me an email at webmaster@kroutonline.com and I will post the new coordinates. Most GPS receivers will work well enough to find the Geostashs. The ones used in cars or on cell phones may not get as good of reception in the woods so you may have to do a little more looking, but you should be able to get close. Please remember GPS receivers are not perfectly accurate. You may not find the Geostash exactly at the coordinates I have found them up to 40 foot away but usually it is much closer. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at webmaster@kroutonline.com , I will do my best to answer any questions. Lee Krout Member # 5978

CAMPER STORAGE INFORMATION Cloud 9 Ranch staff would like to remind you to have your membership number clearly visible on ATV’s, Campers, RV’s, Trailers and other items that are on a campsite or in the storage compound. Please double check your belongings to insure your membership number is posted correctly and is legible. If you need more information, please call the Ranch Office. 417-284-7321

CRUISERS CLUB WELCOMES YOU TO CLOUD 9 RANCH FOR THE HOLIDAY

NEW TO THE RANCH OR JUST WANT TO LEARN SOME GOOD TRAILS TO ENJOY RIDING? Guided ATV/UTV Trail Ride & Outdoor Potluck sponsored by The Cloud 9 Cruisers Club Monday July 4th, 2011 Meet in back of Lonesome Campground by MiniStageStop by 5:15pm Ride Begins @ 5:30PM—Potluck to Follow around 6:30PM

Come Ride with the Cruisers & enjoy meeting other members


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LIVE MUSIC AT CLOUD 9 RANCH ON JULY 2ND If you are getting geared up for the holiday weekend then you need to mark July 2nd on your calendar! You may remember from last year “The Band” that played in the T-Top…...well they are coming back again this year as “The Wretched”. This local band has been playing Rock Music for the last several years. “The Wretched” will be playing in the T-Top again this year. The music will begin following the Fireworks Display. There will not be a cover charge to attend but you can show your support by making a donation into the tip jar while you are there. Bring your friends and come have a dance party at the T-Top !

CELEBRATE LIFE, LIBERTY AND LEISURE THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND! Cloud 9 Ranch wants you to do something special for yourself this holiday weekend! We have invited a licensed massage therapist to be on site for a few hours July 1st—July 4th. When was the last time you did something for yourself? Let’s be honest, most of the time, we’re so busy taking care of everyone else, we rarely have Book Your time to take care of ourselves. Well this is the time to change that! Take the time to relax and enjoy something for yourself. Massage is Appointment Today! refreshing for your mind, body, and spirit. Appointment time is limited so book your appointment today! Special pricing for Ranch 417-257-4710 Members and your guests. Swedish Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Hot Stone Massage. 1/2 hour to 2 hour Sessions are Available. To book your appointment or find out more information about how Limited Bookings Available you can take advantage of this exclusive offer call 417-257-4710.

Pool Side or Private Setting Available!

1/2 Hour $20 1 Hour $55

HORSEBACK RIDES AVAILABLE Would you like to spend time at Cloud 9 Ranch really getting back to nature? If so, why not book a horseback trail ride? Cloud 9 Ranch offers 3 trail ride times each day. We have horses available to accommodate your horseback riding level. Our skilled wranglers will take the time to match you with the perfect horse for your trail ride. No matter if you ride horses on a regular basis or if you have never rode a horse at all, we will be glad to do our best in making your trail ride a family experience that will hold great memories for years to come. Trail Ride Booking Schedules Available in the Trading Post!

Happy July 4th! The Ranch Riders Club would like to remind you to use Caution While out riding the ATV Trails!


TICK TIPS!!

The Ranch Riders Club is raffling two deluxe mountain bicycles, that will be drawn for after the poker run. Stop by Powder Mill 77 and look them over. The RRC also are selling tickets for the big 50 / 50, the winner will receive $599. The drawing will be held when $1200 worth of tickets are sold. The propane tailgate stainless steel grill will be drawn for Labor Day weekend. The RRC will have their table at the flea market on Saturday morning and all day at the Sunday poker run. Please stop by. The Ranch Riders Club is working on repairing many of the trails to make them safer for your enjoyment. Please Ride Responsible Thank you for your support of the Ranch Riders Club.

Don’t let ticks spoil your outdoor fun! Cloud 9 Ranch is a natural area that comes with some discomforts at certain times of the year. One is ticks and there is an abundance of them this year. They carry diseases and can be dangerous when left attached or bites untreated for an extended time. To help with handling those pesky critters: *Wear insect repellants with 20/50% DEET on skin and clothing (Children over 2 mos. use 30% DEET or less) Do not use DEET on newborns. *Check frequently for ticks on your body, especially on head, underarms, waistband, undergarment areas. *Apply alcohol to spot where tick is attached. This will cause most ticks to release. *Use fine-tipped tweezers to grab an attached tick close to skin by head of the tick (not the body) and pull straight up with a steady motion until removed. *Treat the spot where attached with alcohol or other insect bite products until redness/itching subsides. * If redness increases or you develop sudden fever, headache and body aches, consult a physician immediately. Better safe than sorry!!!!

Rental Reservations Reminder to Members and Guests In order to avoid Cancelation charges: Your reservation needs to be canceled or Changed 48 hours before your Arrival Date. Cancelation Charges: No Show reservations will be charged for the first night of the reservation.

Attention Campers If you have an emergency and need medical assistance, please call :417-284-7321. State your location and give a brief description of emergency. In case of extreme weather conditions, storm shelters are located in: *Youth Center (pets allowed) *Chapel basement (no pets)

Special Thanks to Jeff Collins and West Plains Marine for the donation of the aerator for the Family Fishing Pond.

Severe Weather Information: Thunder Storm WarningSirens Sound 3 short blasts. Tornado WarningContinuous Running Sirens


Saturday July 2nd

Sunday July 3rd

Fishing Opens at Dawn

Thursday June 30TH Card Bingo 5:45PM-9PM Patio Room Jam Session Live Music Located at School House 6:30PM

Friday July 1st Youth Center Silent Auction Bidding Mascot Voting Begins at 9AM Conservation Committee Fish Stocking TBA Youth Center Come Build a Float! For Kids of all Ages! 2PM Bingo 5:45PM-9PM Patio Room Back Yard Bluegrass 6PM-8PM Under the Big Top Bring Lawn Chairs C9Ranch Jammers Music 7PM Club House Movie Night Enjoy a Family Movie on the Big Screen Under the Big Top Movie Begins at Dusk Popcorn, Drinks and Snacks will be available at the New Pool Side Snack Shack! Bring Your Lawn Chairs.

Craft House Flea Market (no pets allowed) T-Top 8AM-Noon Kidz Korner & Sand Art Booth Mascot Voting T-Top 8AM-Noon Cloud 9 Jail 9AM-1PM Front of Big Top Youth Center Minute to Win It! 10AM Craft House Bake Sale Held at Craft House Sugar Free Items Available Noon—Goodies Go Fast! Pony Rides Kids 8 and Under 1PM Ranch Stables Family Bingo 1PM Patio Room Cake Walk 2PM Patio Room School House Children’s Story Time 2PM-4PM Parade Celebration Big Top 6PM Watermelon Slicing Big Top—After the Parade Conservation Cookout Big Top—6PM Cloud 9 Ranch Fire Works Celebration Music-Food-Fun Bring Your Lawn Chairs 6PM-10PM

Live Band Enjoy Live Band and Dancing T-Top After Fireworks

Chapel Service 10AM “Unashamed” Gospel Bluegrass Music Everyone Welcome ATV Poker Run Registration 10AM T-Top Youth Center Pizza Party 12 Noon Youth Center Craft Class 1PM Family Bingo 2PM Patio Room School House Children’s Story Time 2PM-4PM Bingo Adult Bingo 5:45PM Patio Room Ranch Member Firework Display Dry Gulch Road Begins at Dusk

Monday July 4th Family Bingo 11AM Patio Room ATV/UTV Guided Trail Ride Meet and Greet @ Lonesome 5:15 PM—return to Lonesome for Outdoor Potluck 6:30 PM Ranch Member Firework Display Dry Gulch Road Begins at Dusk Bring your Own Drinks, Snacks, Fireworks and Lawn Chairs! RANCH FIREWORK SALES

Tuesday July 5TH

Ranch Clean up 9AM ALL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Wednesday July 6TH Pokeno 6:30PM-9PM


Without a doubt the Mud Dog Day event drew a much larger crowd than expected. Ranch Members came from near and far to play in the mud or at least watch while others did. One couple from the Memphis area told us personally that the Mud Dog Day was the only reason they were at Cloud 9 that weekend. Mud Dog Day was in the planning stage for about 6 weeks. Because this type of event had never been approached on the Ranch before, we jumped head first into the unknown. Overall, the day was a huge success. There was a great response from Members. Close to $900 was raised for the Ranch Volunteer Fire Department. Over all the Mud Dog Day was great. Spectators and participants are already phoning and emailing us wondering when the Ranch will host another mud bog. So as answer the crowd……….

Cloud 9 Ranch will host the next MUD BOG AUGUST 27TH As expected, the weekend was also a learning experience for everyone involved. There are several aspects of the event that will be changed and improved on for the next mud bog. We knew going into the event that we would not get everything right the first time so we planned the best we could for what we hoped to be a crowd pleasing day. Now that we have our trial run out of the way, we have started drawing up new ideas and changes that will make the next Mud Dog Day even better…….The pit will be changed, 50/50 on prize money, more area for spectators …. If you loved Mud Dog Day…..Then don’t miss out on

MUD BOG AUGUST 27TH J and D Photography from West Plains and Unforgettable Moments was on site taking pictures at Mud Dog Day. Both places are owned and operated by Ranch Members. They have been kind enough to take pictures for the “CloudNine RanchOutfitters” facebook page. Be sure to check out the pictures! Special Thanks To: Mega Motorsports, The Rooster 99.3 and Caulfield Rodeo Arena for the help and sponsorship Cloud 9 Ranch Mud Bogs!

Cloud 9 Ranch Jail Open 9AM-1PM Located in Front of Big Top Want to get someone out of your hair for a while on Saturday? Send them to Jail! Purchase your arrest warrant at Hill Country 86! Think you might have someone throw you in jail? Better pick up your get out of jail free card. Cost for the card is only $3 for a all day pass the cost is $6.

KIDZ KORNER AT THE FLEA MARKET ON SATURDAY AT THE T-TOP 8:00AM—NOON & on the hill behind the Pavilion before and during the Fireworks BE THERE!! Lighted sunglasses, wands, headbands, flashlights, bracelets, glow in the dark items!! Too many items to list them all!! COME AND BROWSE AROUND ITEMS FOR KIDZ OF ALL AGES


CLOUD 9 RANCH CLUB FIND US ON THE WEB WWW.CLOUD9RANCH.COM PHONE: 417-284-7321

HOURS OF OPEN FACILITIES: YOUTH CENTER Sunday –Wednesday 1PM-9PM Thursday-Saturday 9AM-10PM Chapel Sunday Services

10AM

Accounting Office Monday – Friday 8AM-4PM Closed on Saturday and Sunday Trading Post Sunday - Thursday 8AM-8PM Friday & Saturday 8AM-10PM Gas Station Open Everyday 8AM-8PM Hours for July 1, 2, 3 8AM –10PM Restaurant Hours CLOUD 9 RESTAURANT IS SMOKE-FREE Sunday-Thursday 7AM– 8PM Friday-Saturday 7AM– 10PM Restaurant is Now Serving Pizza ! Swimming Pool Sunday-Thursday 10:30AM-10PM Friday-Saturday 10:30AM-10:30PM

Cloud 9 Ranch Management and Staff would like to Thank You for visiting The Ranch. It is our sincere desire to make sure you and your family have a wonderful summer vacation. We appreciate all of you who took the time over Memorial Weekend to fill out the survey forms. We have worked hard since then to make even more improvements. You will be happy to know that we are now showing “Family” movies on Friday nights. The new location for the big screen movie is at the Big Top. We have also opened a new Snack Shack at the family swimming pool. To all Cloud 9 Ranch Members…….Have a great time at Cloud 9 and a safe July 4th holiday!

Get Ready for Fireworks! Cloud 9 Ranch Has Fireworks At The Pavilion Buy Now! Proceeds from the Firework Sale go to help support the C9R Volunteer Fire Department

Craft House Tuesday-Saturday 1PM-4PM Closed on July 4th Enjoy Your Stay At Cloud 9 Ranch!

Craft House Bake Sale begins at Noon on July 2nd. There will be Find Us on Facebook Sugar Free Items available too. ranchoutfitters@gmail.com This Bake Sale Will Be Held at the Craft House. Please bring your donated bake Family Movie Night goods to the back door of the Craft Friday July 1st * At Dusk House between 10AM and Noon to Under the Big Top! be dropped off.


9 LINES KIDS KORNER That Just Stinks!!!!!! A dime at a time is how Cloud 9 Ranch kids will be getting their very own Ranch Mascot. The idea of having a Ranch Mascot to speak to kids about Ranch Activities, Conservation Ethics and various other topics has gain even more momentum. Concerned Ranch Members have donated 1/3 of the needed funds to purchase the approximately $1000 professional quality mascot costume. Building a connection between the Mascot and the kids will go along way in promoting a bond that help promote good sportsmanship, kindness, respect for others and teach kids to be all they can be! We hope you will support this endeavor as well.

That Darn Ol’ Skunk is Out in Front! That Old Skunk Hasn’t Won Yet! It is not too late to Vote! Ballot Box is located in the Youth Center & During Fleamarket Winner to Be Presented on Labor Day Weekend! VOTE FOR THE C9R MASCOT AMOUNT DONATED: ______________

Received by: ______________________ 10 Cents per vote = #______________ Deer __________ Eagle _________ Frog __________ Horse _________

KIDS CONSERVATION COLORING BOOKS

Raccoon _______ Skunk _________ Squirrel _______

The Cloud 9 Ranch Conservation Committee has a limited supply of kids coloring books available. These coloring books are located at the information station that is located in front of the Trading Post. While supplies last, these coloring books are free of charge. Also available for kids is a pamphlet called “ An Introduction to Fishing”. This guide is a helpful tool in teaching kids to love the sport of fishing. The booklet features information about the need for clean water, how and where fish live and teaches kids how to fish responsibly. We encourage you to stop by and pick up your copy today! Packed with information about casting, baited hooks and simple fishing rules, this resource is great for the beginner. While you are visiting Cloud 9 Ranch , fishing is a great way to spend the day. Kids fishing permits are available at the Ranger Station. Now go Catch a Big Fish!


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