S: Majestic Dude Ranch, Mancos, Colorado
FC: Majestic Dude Ranch July 2011
1: Dear Leona, I can't thank you enough for such a wonderful vacation! It was full of many laughs both on and off our horses and will be forever a great memory! You are an amazing friend! Love, Normie
5: Greetings from Mancos, Tiff and I arrived in Durango about 1PM today to begin our week of camp. We were picked up by the breakfast chef and a wrangler and managed to stuff ourselves and our bags in the back of a 2 door coupe for the hour drive to the ranch. We checked into our bunk room and spent much of the afternoon exploring the area. Late afternoon brought with it steer roping (with sawhorses), hatchet throwing, a trip to the log cabin liquor store and an introduction to camp and the other campers. We enjoyed a BBQ feast of burgers, hot dogs and ribs followed by ice cream sundaes. Finishing off the night with line dancing lessons, a walk to the lake (Jackson Gulch and Reservoir at Mancos State Park) and a glass of wine in the porch rocking chairs. Tomorrow will bring riding (bike and horse)! Will let you know how that goes. Good night!
6: Where to ride? Around the lake, Casper's Cabin, or Chicken Creek
8: BBQ Lunch during Chicken Creek Ride | Reno | Mancos | Seattle
10: Greetings, We survived our rides today! Started the morning with a short loop into the hills in order to acquaint ourselves with our horses. Tiff and Kiowa are a team and I have Handsome for the week. Our afternoon ride was guided by Garrett who took us to Chicken Creek. Along the way, he entertained us with stories of the Sleeping Indian mountain and various cowboy poems. We made it back as the thunder and lightning began. Spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing, enjoyed a Mexican feast and after dinner hiked around the lake. We spotted several deer along the path and were amazed by the continued lightening show just off in the distance. Off to bed now. Tomorrow will be sure to bring some more adventures.
11: Greetings, Survived another day at camp. We started our day with trotting lessons in the arena followed by a trail ride, which took us to a cookout lunch deep in the woods along a stream. We opted for an afternoon ride around Lake Jackson instead of attempting mountain biking at Phil's World (a top 10 riding spot). This evening we headed to Durango for the Lucky 7 Rodeo. We got the chance to see mutton busting, bull riding, barrel racing, team roping and bareback horse riding. Hope you are all well. Tomorrow brings more riding and an afternoon of white water rafting!
13: Durango Rodeo
16: Casper's Cabin and the Ice House
19: Greetings, We started our fourth day with a wonderful trail ride down a dry waterfall to see Casper's cabin (a log cabin with no windows and doors that was built in the early 1900's when ghosts were thought to be the cause of tools disappearing) and to see an old ice house (a house with 12" thick sawdust insulated walls used to store ice and snow during the winter so that it could be sold in the spring). Between houses, we got to lope through the fields and streams along the valley floor. Both horses did well, until Tiff's horse took a sharp turn around a tree! No worries! She held on but widened her turns from then on. After lunch, we headed to Durango to raft down the Animas river. It was a beautiful and 90 degrees so a little splash by the 52 degree water felt pretty good. Our guide said that the river was running about 1000 cubic feet/sec giving grade 2-3 rapids. Returned to the ranch for an Italian feast and a quiet evening at the lake. Tomorrow, we start our longer rides (4+ hours)!
20: Whitewater Rafting Animas River Durango, CO
22: Patty Was A Cowgirl Them girls who made them patties Were Pat and Dot and May Them girls who made them patties Won't feed on winter hay The boss got in the buyer and he sent the girls away And now my wee pie makers Are pies themselves today
23: Some of our rides were glittered with cowboy poems! Thanks to Garrett
24: Greetings, I cannot believe it is Thursday! The kids had their rodeo competition this morning so Tiff and I went about creating our own adventures. As I may have mentioned earlier in the week, the ranch is 5 miles (uphill) from Mancos along a dirt road. We headed to town by foot! Mancos is a very quaint place with town hall, a restaurant, a bakery, an art gallery, a hair salon with gift shop and an espresso bar. We settled on a latte at the coffee shop once arriving. We wandered along the single block and purchased bottles of water and headed back up the hill. We managed the 10 miles in 3 hours making it back in time for lunch. This afternoon, we ventured down into the canyon where Chicken's Creek runs with our horses for a nice 4 hour ride. We crossed the stream back and forth and loped through the trees. I managed to almost lose my boot on an alder in the path. After dinner (shellfish feast except the chef fixed me an individual fillet of salmon and halibut), we took a hayride and returned for s ‘mores by the campfire. Tomorrow is our last full day of camp. We have signed up for the 5-6 hour ride! Will let you know how t that goes.
25: Greetings, Our last day of camp today. We gathered for breakfast, pack lunches and then headed out on the trail for many hours. We went down in 1 canyon and then made our way back up, stopped for lunch in a meadow and then went down another canyon to finish our 5 hour ride! Will tell you that bike shorts under jeans is a saving grace for that many hours in a saddle. We said goodbye to Handsome and Kiowa and headed for some relaxation at the pool. After dinner, everyone gathered at the baseball field for a lively game of softball and kickball. As the sun disappeared, we moved to the campfire pit and watched the kids perform skits for everyone. Great way to end a great week! Back to reality tomorrow
26: Besides rides with Handsome and Kiowa, we teeter-tottered, roped, learned to throw a hatchet and just relaxzed