In Search of St. Eligius Ranch

Photo of a small white house in a field with trees.
Photo by Marina Martindale

The new year has a way of making people feel nostalgic. I guess I’m no exception. The high point of my year was a road trip I took to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in July.

I passed through Steamboat Springs for the first time back in the 1990s. Famous for its ski resort, ranching is still a part of the area. So, when I wrote The Reunion, I decided to set the fictitious St. Eligius Ranch about twenty miles away from the town. It’s a former cattle ranch turned horse sanctuary It’s also the home of Laura Palmer, ex-wife of leading man Ian Palmer. A number of key scenes in the novel take place at St. Eligius Ranch, including the story’s final climax. Later on, when I wrote The Journey, I also set a number of scenes at St. Eligius Ranch.

Photography, like writing, is one of my life’s passions. So I photographed scenery that closely matched some of the descriptions of St. Eligius Ranch. It was a wonderful trip. One I’ll remember fondly for many years to come. I also hope to revisit it someday. In the meantime, please enjoy this scene from The Reunion, as Gillian, the leading lady, visits St. Eligius for the first time.

Happy New Year

Marina Martindale

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Before long the horses were saddled and they mounted up. Will stayed behind, explaining he had work to do. Laura rode a young buckskin gelding she called Fred.”He’s Miss Mollie’s son,” she explained. “He was a young foal at her side when we adopted them two years ago. I think he’ll turn out to be a fine horse, but he still has some rough edges to work out.”

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