I get to this time of the year and begin to reminisce. As a very young girl, we would get in the car and travel for what seemed like days and go to a "Dude Ranch". I am sure this must have been my Daddy's idea. My Mother was such a "Girlie Girl" that I cannot imagine her wanting to do this! Her idea in later life of a vacation was something like a spa where they waited on you hand and foot for a week. I DIGRESS AGAIN!
My memories of the "Dude Ranch" include horse back riding and hours in a swimming pool. Always a believer in the "Rough Life", Momma took along a baby sitter to care for her three children. I am certain I got BLISTERED beyond belief since I have always had this LILY WHITE complexion. That was also in the days of "Coppertone" suntan lotion and NO sunscreen.
Meals were served "Family Style" and since I was a VERY picky eater, I am certain I ate very little. The cowpokes spent plenty of time trying to keep the "Green Horns" entertained including branding your blue jeans with white paint.
I remember other marathon trips to South Louisiana, Biloxi, and Padre Island, but this sticks out in my memory the most. I even remember the name-Mission Valley Dude Ranch. I looked on the WWW today and saw that there are still Dude Ranches out there. You should load up and try one-I remember it being LOTS OF FUN!