In all its simplicity and adventurousness, you do three things on your vacation: Eat, Sleep and Be Active. It might seem like an unusual way to frame your experience, especially since you’re obviously getting so much more than that. And yet, those three things go a long way in capturing exactly what should be our most important focus as owners, managers, staff, etc. You deserve great eats, great sleep and great activities. Period.
At some time or another, I’ll end up addressing all three, but of those, it’s worth me spending a little extra time letting you know why being active is an important part of what we do.
I’ve always told folks that if you want to sit on your porch all day, curl up with a book and cowboy coffee, then by golly, do it. It’s your vacation, and you should do exactly what you like. And yet, I’m not sure I’ve ever had anyone completely take me up on that offer. By its very nature, dude ranches seem to attract those wanting to be active. Dude ranchers set fun and adventurous schedules, with varying levels of flexibility, and the guests dig it.
But why? Why be so active on a vacation when you could be lying on the beach listening to Kenny Chesney? I’ve wondered the same thing myself. And the only thing I can come up with (other than my preference to listen to George instead of Kenny) is that the activity we do at a guest ranch, being so pivotally different than what you do every day with work, exercise at the gym, grocery shopping, commuting, etc., gives you the mental and physical stimulation that you just can’t get at home.
We throw you into a more natural setting with smells of horse manure, sweeping views of the Zirkel mountains and the feeling of cool, crisp mountain air as it passes over the river. We give you tasks to learn and improve upon with the horseback riding, archery and above all, a little boot scootin’.
There’s nothing quite so special than to feel like you’ve found a part of yourself within the horse that lives its life for you, carrying you to new heights, new views and experiences. It’s when you truly discover what it is that makes you feel so good in nature. It’s when, for the first time in years, you see, hear and feel things that have been around you, but have been almost lost in your hurry. Then you know.