Once we had decided to retire here in Colorado, the search for the perfect place began in 2006. We had heard about a small community, Salida. A town on the Arkansas River. We spent many weekends walking properties in Salida looking for the perfect acreage for horses, near the river. After 2 yrs, we still had not found the right property. One day while looking at the base newspaper, we saw an ad for a house on 35 acres east of the Springs. We decided to look at it and fell in love when we walked into the under-construction house. We weren’t in the mountains, but have a fabulous view of them, including Pikes Peak. About 1 month prior to closing on the house there was a prairie fire that burned right up to the house. Thankfully due to the construction it was only dirt surrounding the house and the house was safe. We moved in June of 2008 and spend many of our days adding to our “little piece of heaven”. Hence the name of the ranch!