Ranch Hour On The Dark Side

“Ranch Hour” – is that last hour prior to serving guest dinners when kitchen schedules succumb to the laws of dude ranch entropy. It is that dark hour from the parallel universe of ranch chaos, rearing it’s nefarious head to incite, agitate, perturb, and to utterly... read more

Head, Cars, Trees and Toast

The beginning of the year is a vital time to seasonal dude ranches. It is during the late winter and early spring that we begin to accelerate our efforts to prepare for the arrival of the coming season’s guests. It is during this time that in ordinary years, we... read more

Some Boots are made for ranching

They say that the eye is the window to the soul. As a shoe lover, I have often found some satisfaction in changing that phrase just a wee bit to The eye is the window to the sole… this is a long standing internal joke of mine. Maybe you can’t judge books, or people,... read more

Kids Allowed At The Ranch

One of the many joys and challenges of raising a young family is finding memorable family vacations.  If your family has a variety of ages and skills it can be extra challenging to find fitting vacations for everyone’s needs. This can be a major hurdle for... read more

Dude Ranch Luxury Treatments

by Cierra Sorensen Recently a friend of mine boasted that she was going to spend her entire Saturday morning getting a professional massage at a fancy spa. When she told me, my reaction was twofold. The “city girl” half of me said, “Um, purrrrrrrr.... read more

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