As promised part 2 of my day and night staying at Bar 10 Ranch in Arizona visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. So after having a bit of down time and settling into my wagon it was time to learn how to Skeet shoot (clay pigeon shooting to you and I).
I have had some experience shooting before and really enjoyed this even with the kick back it gave. I also tried shooting with a pistol which really made me feel like an extra in a western film but found the pistol was impossible to hit the target, or maybe it was just I was terrible at it:-)
Getting some 1-2-1 tuition with the cowboys that afterwards showed us how it’s really done, god these dudes were brilliant!
After an amazing dinner again with the most mouth-watering steak your ever likely to come across thanks to their organic beef also sold at Bar 10 it was time for an evening horse ride. I didn’t do this but did get up close and personal with such beautiful and well treated horses. Instead we got a special tour of the original ranch that started the whole Bar 10 off about 40 years ago.
I can’t even begin to explain how peaceful it was out here in the absolute middle of nowhere. The cowboys were telling me that their nearest neighbours are 50 miles away – wow! With the sun setting no pictures can possibly demonstrate how beautiful this place is and how quiet. There was so much about this place that sang to my heart but also being totally off the gird instead of being scary was so great. Getting the chance to be back one to one with nature was breathtaking. I had found my happy place in the hot desert what a contrast from my other happy place in the Arctic Circle where it was -35 degrees.
We got back just in time to see the cowboys unsaddled the horses and let them go and roam free for the night. When asked how do you find them again they told us as it’s the desert they will always go back to a man-made water pool and true enough that’s where you find them all the next morning. I haven’t been around horses much, they kind of freak me out as they are so big. These horse were insanely beautiful and not at all intimidating. You can just tell how well they are treated.
After dinner a fire was started in the fire pit and just like you would expect we all gathered around the fire-place where these super talented cowboys and cowgirls started signing us songs accompanied with their guitars and violins. Never will I ever hear a more genuinely rendition of ‘The Devil Went to Georgia’ in my life. It was one of the most amazing evening and experiences I have ever had. It was simple but so brilliant, we toasted marshmallows, and all under a blanket of the most amazing stars you will ever see. Had you asked my that night if I would stay I think I would never ever leave there. Even now thinking back to such an unexpected and wonderful experience I would go back in an absolute heartbeat. I think everyone should have an experience like this in their lifetime.
That experience extended to an evening out sleeping in a wagon, I won’t lie it was not the best nights sleep I had and making my way to the toilets in the pitch black well was interesting. Here was a fellow resident that caught my eye on one particular trip to the restroom.
As the night wore on I actually looked forward to waking to visit the restroom because once your eye got used to the darkness you looked up and well it was breathtaking the stars where just out of this world – literally. Then when the sunrise I had fun taking photos with my big camera of very friendly Jack Rabbits that came real close to my wagon.
This part of my trip just blew my mind away, I hadn’t been sure if it at all you know just not knowing what to expect but it was everything and more. We speak a lovely mid morning whilst it was still super hot lying under this tree watching the leaves move with the slight breeze. I love this memory as we sorted the world out together under this tree with my best friend – my happy place was truly found.
I hope you’ve enjoyed me sharing some of my amazing memories staying on a cowboy ranch, it was a trip in a lifetime with memories that will last with me forever!!!
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