Teenage Dude Ranchers

“Is there enough for my teenage kids to do while at your dude ranch?”  Whoa Nellie!   A better question might be “Can you get your teenager to put away their electronic devices long enough to look up into the trees, look to the sky and down the river canyon?”   The...

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Dude Ranching Urban Lock-Ups

“Urban Lock up” is a slang phrase commonly meaning incarceration in a city jail. “Urban Lock-up” could also be applied to those living in a metropolitan setting without access to contrasting rural life experiences. In this case, Urban lock-ups either voluntarily or...

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How NOT to pack for a dude ranch vacation

There are some fairly trendy infusions into the travel industry lately. The simple relaxing vacations that once motivated people to temporarily abandon work stresses is giving way to an increasing emphasis on high-end luxury and upscale entertainment. In a lot of ways...

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Will Trump’s Travel Bans Affect Tourism In The U.S.?

There are those that are predicting a “Trump Slump” in travel to the U.S. (http://www.travelweekly.com/North-America-Travel/Data-suggests-Trump-slump-in-travel-to-US) Politically motivated refusal to target the U.S. is projected to have a dampening effect on inbound...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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