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I have always wanted to take a vacation some place where I could drive cattle on horseback, set up camp and cook on the campfire and then get up early the next day to do it all over again. I just think that experience would be so cool. To my excitement, there is such a thing. It’s called a Dude Ranch.

Dude Ranches

As I have done some research online, I have found that there are many different types of dude ranches out there. They are located all over the US and range from a more authentic feel, meaning camping and sleeping outside by the fire to only going on day trips and sleeping in cabins at night. To me, I would want to experience the authentic version. Now, the thoughts cross my mind about certain things. What if we come across snakes or some other kind of wild animal? How would I feel about that? Or, how would I feel about going to the bathroom outdoors among the people I am with?

If I’m going to go for the experience, I want it to be real. I want to get up early, head out on horseback and drive the cattle from one point to another. I want to stop at the end of the day and set up camp. Sit around the campfire eating and then rolling out my sleeping bag to sleep out under the stars. Then, in the morning, wake up early once again, and do it all over again. That just seems to cool to me. I can’t explain why or what interests me but if just does.

Will this realistically ever be something I will do? Probably not. I know the part of me that will chicken out of a lot of things or find excuses why I can’t. But, that inner cowboy in me is constantly poking me about it. When I think about planning a trip some place, that thought will arise.

Here is a list of some of the dude ranch trips I would love to go on.

Just reading the information on each of those websites has me all excited again about going. Who knows? Maybe one day. I can dream right?

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