Here is our story…
We learned of central Oregon when we were living on Mercer Island in Washington, so we rented a week at Sunriver in 1974. We had a great vacation and were so happy that we booked the next year before we left Sunriver.
Later, two of our friends who did not know each other, independently, suggested we try out BBR, after all it was an hour less driving time which was appealing.
So, we canceled Sunriver and booked BBR, and stayed in 1975 at the Country House Condos(see photo), We never looked back to Sunriver. We have come to BBR yearly since 1975. In 1977, we bought a lot on Glaze Meadow as an “investment”. By 1979 our dream got bigger and we built a vacation home in ‘79- ‘80.
Our sons, Chip, Tom, and Dan have spent many summer and winter days in this paradise; skiing at Bachelor, hiking up South Sisters, Black Crater and BB Mt, biking everywhere, tennis lessons and the junior golf clinics by golf pro, Bunny Mason.
We moved here permanently in 2015 and rebuilt our home. Our 8 grandchildren so enjoy coming here.
300 days of sunshine a year, no mosquitoes, low humidity and 18 miles of paved bike trails are very appealing.
Dick and Faye McCollum
- The chipmunk photo was on the top of Black Butte
- The rainbow with bird house is on the Glaze Meadow
- The eclipse collage was put together from a series of images taken over an hour during the eclipse on 8/17/2017 and taken on the Glaze Meadow with my D7100.
- The red wing black birds were nesting in the reeds along the bike trail as one enters the Glaze Meadow
- The lupine and Black Butte mountain scene is just in front of our home here in Glaze Meadow.
- This was our first year at BBR in 1975 at Country House Condos: Dan Faye Chip Tom Dick McCollum
- Faye and Dan, 1976
- Faye and Tom canoeing Phalarope Lake BBR, July 1977
- Tom Dan and Chip atop Black Butte Mt, 1977
- July the hike we made it, 1977
- July Faye and Tom canoeing Phalarope Lake BBR, 1977
- Dee Wright Observatory:Chip Faye Tom Dick and Dan, 1978
- Tom Dan Chip at BM 14th tee, August 1979
- Tom Dan Chip at BM 14th tee. alternative, August 1979
- Original walking trail across the meadow, 2008
My memories of Black Butte Ranch began in the early 1970s. No, we didn’t own a home on the Ranch.
Instead, we had a tiny cabin in Tract C Summer Homes in Camp Sherman. I grew up in Portland, and my
family spent many weekends and summer vacations in central Oregon, creating countless memories.
While we had plenty of activities on or near the river (hiking, fishing, inner-tubing), it was quiet. Almost
too quiet for a 11-year-old! I remember looking longingly at Black Butte Ranch with its pools, tennis
courts, horses, and especially its bike trails, which were so smooth compared to the red rock roads at
Camp Sherman. On rare, special occasions, my parents would pack my brother and me in the car to
head to dinner at the Lodge. It was always a fantastic experience – the setting, the views, the food. I’ll
never forget the menus presented on the wooden boards – so cool!
In the mid 1980s, my parents sold our cabin on the Metolius, but soon realized they missed the beauty
of Central Oregon and, in 1988, purchased a home (GH-22) at Black Butte Ranch. Their vision was to
make it their retirement home. “God’s Country” was how my father referred to the area, and I think he
Since then, our family has held a wedding on the ranch (my brother’s) and celebrated my parents’ 40th
wedding anniversary with a friends and family golf tournament (18 years ago!), but most importantly we
have raised our two boys – now 24 and 22 – to love the ranch and the area as much as my husband I do.
It has been a real treat for them enjoy all the activities that I had dreamed of experiencing. Nearly every
Christmas has been spent at that same home my parents purchased in 1988, and we have established
holiday traditions on the ranch that trump anything that we have at our home in northern California. It’s
not Christmas if we aren’t at BBR!
It was a silly moment when, years ago, I stumbled across an old sign on the burn pile at the dump that
was immediately recognizable to me:
I couldn’t help but grab it! One (wo)man’s junk is another’s treasure, right? Bringing back so many
memories, it now resides at our home, a little piece of BBR history that reminds my family of the early
days when we visited the ranch.
In 1976 our family returned to Oregon after 3 years in the Military in the Philippines.
Friends took us to Black Butte Ranch.
Our kids ages 3, 6 and 9 had their first experience in snow boots crunching around the meadow.
As soon as we could, we bought a lot on Mountain Clover. We built our house there in 1979. We slept on the foundation under the stars as we waited eagerly for the house to be built.
As our family grew from 5 to 17…with 9 grandchildren, we packed in tight for holidays,summers,ski trips in our beloved number 9 on Mountain Clover.
On a bike ride one summer day in May 2015 we saw that one of our favorite houses on the ranch was for sale.
We polled the kids. Are we ready for more bedrooms and more importantly more bathrooms?
Their reluctance turned to enthusiasm as they visited the new Boyd Black Butte gathering spot.
So after 34 years at the ranch with memories too numerous to count, we are still celebrating summer, snow and each other at 206 Glaze Meadow.
Thank you from all 17 Boyds for many years and 3 generations on the “Ranch”
Hal and Judy Boyd