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Get the Ponderosa Park weather forecast. Access hourly, 10 day and 15 day forecasts along with up to the minute reports and videos for Ponderosa Park, AZ. Ponderosa junior Blake Wilton was one of the state's strongest swimmers Wilton finished second at the Class 5A state swimming meet on May a man in the murder of Kiowa High School teacher Randy Wilson. Answer 1 of 8: Has anybody visited the Ponderosa (El Eden) cenote in the summer months? I've been doing Jun 7, , AM. Has anybody . Facilities: None. Swimming: You can dive into cenote from m (15 ft) tall ledge. . I am so ready and also excited to meet you and Ledbetter what a fun trip this will be!.
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Ken and his wife Jorene have set up the lodge as a private destination for family reunions, weddings, and church or business retreats. Ken points out that the New River Gorge is a fairly central point for folks who live east of the Mississippi, so it works well as a meeting point for even far-flung families. The lodge was originally built in as a zoo; it later became a roadside motor lodge and restaurant. Wall mounts of bear, deer, and cougar that once lived at the zoo still decorate the walls of the Great Room, which is just inside of the lodge's front entrance.
The Great Room also features a big stone fireplace, lots of comfortable seating, and a huge wagon wheel chandelier.
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Ken and Jorene bought the property inand they quickly jumped into renovating the lodge and clearing land where they could raise vegetables and animals. They've had to clear lots of pine trees, which they've put to good use, either milling the lumber to use for building or using the wood for heating the lodge come winter.
Opening up the forest has also allowed Ken to install solar hot water and electric panels, and he plans to install more. Most of the renovations required for the lodge were fortunately cosmetic.
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Ken and Jorene replaced the lodge's flooring, for instance, using recycled hardwood flooring from a local roller skating rink. They also renovated the kitchen completely, updating appliances and making it open and bright. Guests who would like to cook during their stay may rent the kitchen as a separate rental from the lodge. Ken also offers catered lunches or dinners, featuring a seasonal menu of food that's raised right on the farm or bought locally.
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Ken and Jorene were looking only to buy a cabin for themselves when they found the listing for Ponderosa Lodge. Even though it was much bigger than what they had envisioned, they fell in love with the property and decided to buy it. As Ken tells me, "I'm really not a city person I've always wanted to farm," so it suited him to leave his job at the Naval Research Lab to move full-time to West Virginia.
Jorene still works as an attorney, spending week days working in Falls Church, a suburb of DC. Since Ken and Jorene's son Liam was born inhe has become an integral part of the welcome crew at the lodge. Liam loves to help with the animals, and Ken has modified some of the animal feeders so that Liam can help out more.
Says Ken, "Liam learned what animals say before we started teaching him that. He doesn't say 'baah' for goat, he says 'waaah,' since that's what our goats really sound like. The Farm Ken and Jorene have been farming at Ponderosa Lodge for three years now, and Ken tells me that it just keeps getting better. The shallow topsoil and steep topography are challenging for growing vegetables, which is one of the major reasons they decided to get animals.
Raising poultry and livestock provides not only meat but also manure, allowing Ken to improve the soil fertility and grow lush vegetables on even his marginal land. Ken shows me his chard, with its ruby red stem and vibrant green leaves, and he says, "This is my favorite vegetable of the year.
It's just a powerhouse of nutrients. I can put it on a pizza, chop it up and put it in an omelet, and Liam eats it Ken also experiments with companion planting and intercropping -- he plants a Three Sisters Garden of corn, beans, and squash, a traditional planting combination used by American Indians.
Jorene has also planted beautiful perennial gardens around the lodge. The Animals Says Ken, "We have 16 acres here, which seems like a lot, but I'm already starting to feel the crunch. Ken also keeps around six ducks, a handful of rabbits, 16 turkeys, and 80 layer and broiler chickens inside of portable electric fencing that he can easily move around as the poultry need new grass to graze.