Digital Disconnects

I led a horseback trail ride down to the Klamath River years ago, guiding a grandmother traveling with her grandson. As we moved downhill towards the river, the majestic and expansive Klamath River valley was slowly unveiled before the young boys view. He excitedly... read more

They Put It in a Song

The iconic American cowboy is a famous figure. Who hasn’t heard of a cowboy or at least seen someone dressed like (or trying to dress like!) one of the good old boys? There are plenty of things that make cowboys great. But in my mind, the most famous and... read more

Dude Food

The American Cowboy lived a lifestyle that has since been watered down and romanticized through repeated retelling and reformatting. And over the years, one essential part of the cowboy lifestyle has been lost and literally left in the trail dust; their cooking. The... read more

A Season Of Harvest At California’s Dude Ranch

Autumn has always been my favorite season. It is a time to celebrate the harvest and life’s bounties during this season. Our ancestors celebrated this time of year with traditions such as the Thanksgiving holiday, Halloween and other harvest festivals. It is a time... read more

The Liberation Of Saying “NO”

As is the case with all adventure holidays, dude ranching is also filled with inherent risks. The city dwelling visitor to a dude ranch hopes to excitedly step up and climb atop a horse that is wholly unknown to the rider. This ranch horse is a living soul with a... read more

Advanced Extreme Cowboy Wardrobe Thrill Seekers

One of the most common questions asked by first time dude ranch vacationers is, “What do I wear at a dude ranch?”   Naturally, this will depend on factors such as season, climate, geography, intended recreational events, etc. But there are some basics that... read more

Millennial Dude Ranching

A lot of things have been said about the millennial generation, which consists of those individuals born between the years 1980 and 2000. Many have claimed that this is the greatest generation of young adults ever to have lived. Others state that this is a selfish and... read more

Family Bonding Through Ranch Work And Ranch Play

There is a famous saying that I am sure we have all heard. It goes something like, “You can’t choose your family. But you can choose your friends.”   Hearing this as a child typically solicited a wide eyed nod, as if to say, “Yes, sir! And I... read more