kids on winter vacation

My winter ranch vacation: Poppy’s 5 perfect days at VVR

It has been fun to ask different guests about what their 5 perfect days at the ranch look like to them. Twelve-year-old Poppy represents the age that I want to be at the ranch–when you get to enjoy all the fun, but don’t have to foot the bill! I interviewed her when she was at the ranch over the holidays, and here is how she broke down her perfect 5 days of a winter vacation at Vista Verde.

Day 1
Definitely need to start the trip off right with a tubing party with the kids and the kid wranglers. What makes it even better is a break in the middle of the fun for hot chocolate and apple cider.
Poppy has figured out that the best way to play out her time at Vista Verde is to spend some time enjoying the kids program mixed in with sharing experiences with her family. So, in the afternoon, she would rally her mum, dad, and brother to go out on a family snow shoe tour with a guide. There are so many places to explore, that she would leave it up to the guide to pick the best spot where the powder is the most fresh that day.

Day 2
After breakfast with her family, Poppy would head over to the indoor arena to join the kids and play games, and learn how to stay on her horse. This is a big deal for Poppy, as she has been a little nervous about riding. Zip is her main man, and despite his tall size, his gentle spirit shines through and comforts her a bit. After some instruction as well as horseback games, she starts feeling a lot more comfortable on Zip and the smile gets bigger and bigger on her face.
Once again, following a hearty lunch in the dining room with the staff, other guests, and her family, her parents and brother strap on skis with her and they go out to explore the back country with one of the ranch guides.

Day 3
Today Poppy is going to start off the morning with an invigorating ski with her folks. A stop to build a snow pit and make a fire only make the adventure even more fun. Hot chocolate again? You bet!!
After burning all those calories skiing, everyone in the family is hungry so they make sure not to miss the lunch bell and warm up by the fire.
Next up is a trail ride with the kids program crew, followed by grooming Zip and braiding his mane and tail. It’s nice to get that time to pamper her horse, and Poppy enjoys making Zip look fabulous.

Day 4
It’s been a while since she’s been on the tubing hill, and it is such a highlight for a kid who likes to giggle, so she heads up on the snowmobiles with all the other kids joining the kids program that morning. The squeals of delight are heard all the way down at the lodge as the kids sail down the hill on the tubes. And, the icing on the cake is that Poppy gets a ride back up the hill on the back of a snowmobile after each trip down. Hot chocolate and apple cider again mid-morning? Yep!
Following lunch, Poppy heads back up to the kids hut to join the kids in making ice sculptures and snow treats. What, you haven’t made a snow treat at Vista Verde before? Well, you might need to track down Poppy to find out the secret recipe.

Day 5
Oh boy, it’s the last day….how hard it is to pick the grand finale! Poppy decided that a snowshoe with her family in the morning would be a great way to wrap up a wonderful family vacation. Of course, stopping for treats along the way is a must.
Just because it is a family vacation, and Poppy knows she has a great family, she is going to opt for a trail ride all together for their last afternoon. Even better would be to order up some light snow falling from the sky to mute the sounds and make the ride even more peaceful and enjoyable.

Dude Ranch Life: Observations from a ranch baby

This past month we were joined by Cori and Dan Ford, two of our ranch alum who met at the ranch and are now married. Cori and Dan have come back over the years, during breaks in Dan’s medical school schedule, to help out during busy times. We always love having them at the ranch, and they always jump right into the mix and help out in so many ways. This holiday season we had the extra special fun of having 4 month old baby Tyler along for the ride. We’re all pretty sure Tyler is the cutest baby ever…..ok, well maybe right in there with Saoirse. And Eamon. And Wy-Guy, Scotlyn, and Coulton. Oh, and Althea. And Maggie and Ella. Ok, the list goes on and on. Maybe it’s just fun having ranch babies!?

Having Tyler cruising around the ranch in various arms, we’re pretty sure he came to some conclusions and still has some questions about spending the holidays at a dude ranch. They most likely go something like this:

  1. What is with the forest inside a building? I thought big trees belong outside?
  2. I will never learn to walk as the people here just hand me around all day long. By the way, has anyone seen my parents lately?
  3. When those furry creatures breath on me it tickles.
  4. Why is everyone here so nice?
  5. I like celebrating New Year’s Eve on East Coast time, as it was already long past my bedtime and the dancing was exhausting to watch.
  6. Wow, those desserts look REALLY good, but I can’t eat them yet.
  7. Wow, that dinner looks REALLY good, but I can’t eat it yet.
  8. Oh look, another person just took me and carried me away. By the way has anyone seen my parents lately?
  9. Wow, that bacon looks REALLY good…….are you sure I can’t just gum it for a little while?
  10. What’s up with Beka’s belly? It’s so round.

Hmmm, did you see how I slipped that one in there? In case you all hadn’t already figured it out we’re expecting another ranch baby soon! Beka and Michael have a little one coming in March. So, even though Tyler is heading back home this weekend with his parents, we won’t have long to wait for another ranch baby to show up! And maybe there will even be more right behind……but that story will have to wait until next time.

Dude Ranch Life: Wrapping up and Saying Goodbye

Looking back on photos from this summer it seems so long ago that we opened the doors for the season in early June. But, then again, the time just flew by too fast. Here we are in our final week of the season, and with that we prepare for sad goodbyes as some of our great staff head off for new adventures in life. Notably, we have two folks heading off who we’d like to recognize as they have been instrumental in the VVR family for a long time.

Brandon was being recruited to come work at the ranch long before he even realized we had our sights set on him. As Ben’s nephew and based in Colorado Springs for his military service he came up to visit often. After completing his tours in Afghanistan, we finally were able to get Brandon and Rachelle to come join us at the ranch in 2012. With high expectations for his competence and performance, the poor guy was getting signed up for responsibilities before he even arrived. Well, he rose to the challenge, and even took on more. Over the past 5 years Brandon has been a critical player in helping us fulfill the mission of the ranch. He took on running the fly fishing program, led the charge for the ranch hand crew, launched the snowmobiling program as well as was the lead rock star of the Farwell Mountain Boys. The number of man-crushes that have been had for Brandon are countless, but nonetheless we can all agree that we wish we we could be like Brandon.

After starting their family while here at the ranch, Brandon and Rachelle fulfilled their promise to move back home to Pennsylvania to be closer to their families. Wyatt (Wy-Guy), Scotlyn, and Coulton will never know how lucky they were to start their lives in the mountains of Colorado, but we’re rooting for them to be applying to work here sometime around 2027. Until then, we’re pretty sure we’ll still get the chance to see this great family from time to time, as the pull of VVR is pretty strong. Thanks to Brandon for being such a great part of our team, and thanks to Rachelle for supporting him being gone on those late nights playing bass guitar and those early morning grooming ski trails. We have loved having them and their sweet family here, and will miss all of them dearly!

Right on Brandon’s heels is another great person, but one who had a more quiet role in the operation. Trish first came to the ranch to cover some massage work for our therapist at the time. It only took us a short while to know she belonged here as part of our team. Over the years, she grew the massage therapy program, and then, because every massage therapist is a perfect fit for accounting, she added bookkeeper to her role at the ranch. We all knew when Trish was here in the office, as there was always a zen vibe that arrived as soon as she walked in the door. She heads out this fall to move closer to her folks in Rhode Island, unfortunately further away than her arms can reach to continue to provide our guests relief through massage therapy!

As Brandon and Trish, and the many younger staff head down the drive for the last time this week we give our most sincere thanks for their contributions to making the ranch a better place. Happy trails, until we meet again!!

obstacle course

Dude Ranch Life: Dancing and history and Pilates, oh my!

With opening day nearing quickly, we are putting the finishing touches on all the old favorite aspects of the ranch, but also some “new and improved” features. It’s an exciting time, and a little frantic. The summer season of 2016 is going to be a launch pad for a few new activities and opportunities for our guests. From the horse and bike-friendly obstacle course to the dance lessons, Pilates, history on wheels, and the new Confidence Course, there are a lot of new additions.

  • History on Wheels- Join Charlie for a drive around the Elk River Valley to learn some of the history and a lot of great anecdotes about the area surrounding the ranch. Wait, yes, you did read that correctly. Charlie is hosting an activity. Hold onto your hats–the Suburban is going to fill up quickly!
  • Pilates- This is one for the early birds who aren’t ready to sleep in and relax. Devyn will lead an all-levels Pilates class early one morning for those looking to sneak in one more activity during their stay. Get your core fired up and ready to go for the day!
  • River Read- This activity developed organically over the past couple years, and we decided to formalize it as an option. If you have a friend or family member heading out to fish, and would like some time on the river, but have no interest in casting a line, then the River Read is for you! We will have a nice outdoor chair for you, a cool drink, and a beautiful setting for you to relax, read, and watch the river roll by you. You just need to provide the book.
  • Dance Lessons- You’ve asked, we are delivering. Get some in-depth instruction prior to all the dancing that MIGHT ensue during the week. We’ll teach some couples dances, some line dances, and who knows what else. You’ll be ready to show off your new tricks at the Barn Dance or Music Night.
  • Confidence Course- As our old horse obstacle course started to fall apart, and our mountain bike skills park needed some TLC, an idea sprung. Why not build one that can accommodate both bikers and horses! Crazy, right? We don’t think so. As we speak we are moving rocks, chainsawing logs, and creating a playground for both bikers and horses to gain confidence and skills. It doesn’t hurt that the location is in an idyllic setting right by the river and just a short ride from the ranch. This will be a work in progress, and we look forward to adding to it as the summer goes on and in future years.
  • Round ’em Up- Our fall cattle round-up weeks might look a little different this year, as we have some new cows to work with. The ones we’ve had the past several years are just a little too scrappy and wild, which made rounding them up so challenging that there were still some left out in the forest at the start of winter time. Since that is not good for the cows, the forest, or a cattle rancher’s pocket book, we’re starting out this year with some cow-calf pairs. Rounding up the gals may be a bit more tame, but should also be a lot more successful. We’re also looking to plan a unique all-day ride during those fall cattle round-up weeks to get out and explore some new terrain.

Whew, it looks like those of you coming to the ranch this summer might want to extend your stay for an extra week. So much to do and so little time!


great dude ranches for skiing

Equitrekking- February 2016

Jocelyn from Equitrekking.com put together a round-up of “7 Guest Ranches that offer Top-Notch Skiing” with a nice list of ranches that are open during the winter months. If you are looking to combine a dude ranch vacation with a ski vacation, take a look at her recommendations. Read the article….

romantic cross country ski vacation

XCSkiResorts.com – January 2016

According the article titled “Glide your way to Romance with XC Valentine’s Day Getaways” cross country (XC) skiing and snowshoeing are some of the most romantic forms of recreation and Valentine’s Day is coming. So get away with your loved one to a winter wonderland of memories for some outdoor recreation and pampering that you deserve. The folks at XCSkiResorts.com put together a great list of options for romantic getaways this Valentine’s Day weekend. Read the article….

Sweet Potato Gnocci with Short Ribs, prepared by the chefs at Vista Verde Guest Ranch.

Chef’s Corner: Bison Short Ribs with Sweet Potato Gnocci

If you want a fun fall dish to impress all your friends, try this one from Chef Cholly!
Red Wine Marinade:

2 carrots

1 leek

1 yellow onion

1 small celery root

1 tablespoon salt

1 bottle (750mL) red wine


1. Clean and roughly chop the vegetables.
2. Cover with red wine and simmer for 4 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and cool together, then strain and discard vegetables and reserve liquid.


Marinated Short Ribs:

Red wine marinade (recipe above)

2 pounds boneless short rib

1 head garlic, halved

1 yellow onion, quartered

2 carrots, peeled

8 quarts beef stock, hot

1 rosemary sprig

2 tablespoons salt


1. Pour cold red wine marinade over the short ribs and let sit for 2 days, rotating meat twice a day.
2. After the second day, remove the beef from the marinade and place in a roasting pan with the garlic, onion, and carrots. Cover with hot beef bouillon; add rosemary and salt. Place a sheet of parchment paper over beef and weigh down slightly with a 10” plate. Place in a 250° F oven for eight hours.
3. Once beef is fork tender and almost breaking apart, remove from bouillon onto a draining rack. Save bouillon for a great soup or your next beef braising dinner.


Sweet potato Gnocchi

1 ½ pounds Roasted and Pureed sweet potato

6 ounces “00” Flour

1 egg


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil on the stove. Peel and Cut the sweet potatoes in half, season well and roast until tender.
2. Dry the sweet potatoes thoroughly and run through a food mill or potato ricer.
3. Sift the flour and incorporate with the egg into the sweet potato and taste for seasoning.
4. When the water has come to a boil, roll the dough out into a long cylinder about a half inch in diameter and with a knife cut one inch long pieces and plunge into boiling water until the gnocchi begin to float.
5. Skim the floating gnocchi off the water and into an ice bath to stop the cooking.
6. Drain all the gnocchi onto a towel to dry.
7. Heat a sauté pan on the stove, sauté the gnocchi in olive oil until crisp on all sides.
8. Serve.


After our wedding March 4th, my time would be spent with the person that has chosen to spend the rest of their life with me.

Name: Grace
City: Colorado Springs
State: Colorado

Dreams of Winter

Dear Vista Verde,
In a humble, agricultural community in Central California, there lives a quiet man and wife. In this little town, the man works in a local hardware store, encouraging others with humor and advice. His wife works at a local high school as a nurse, giving students smiles and care. They loyally earn their keep to provide for their daughter’s university education, as well as call and support their son, who fights for a career miles away in New York City. Their lifestyle is simple, full of long workdays and quiet dinners together. Every night, before they drift off to sleep to recharge for another day, they dream about a time of relaxation—of a temporary break from it all. And they deserve it.
As their daughter, I deeply appreciate their guidance, and admire their strength to provide for our family. I also know about their secret desire to briefly escape to the outdoors, and their beautiful love for each other. I have seen them sigh over the photos of Vista Verde, dreaming about its comforts but honorably pushing it away to fulfill priorities. Now that the dream can be a reality, and you ask, “How would THEY make most of your Vista Verde winter vacation?” Well, this is what I envision…
Their gasps as they take in Colorado’s winter wonderland.
Joined anticipation of time in your lovely cabins.
A snow trek in the morning, a sleigh ride in the evening.
Clinking glasses at a dinner not made by their own hands.
Skiing and spa time, horse-back riding and exploring.
Joy and rest, that before was impossible.
A trip away from all they have ever known.
To a place they cannot, but would love to forever call home.

Name: Dani Corona
City: Visalia
State: California

Dream 30th

I would love to do something so very special for my wonderful wife for her 30th birthday! Not only has she given me 5 amazing years of marriage, but our little girl was born in October 2012. Now I want to give her something that she’ll remember for the rest of her life. I want to show her that I care and adore her like she deserves to be.

We both love the Colorado winter and love being in the mountains, especially so near “Dreamboat.” There just isn’t any other place we’d rather be. Skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and relaxing are all on a list of our favorite things to do. And what about a romantic sunset snowmobile tour? I think so.

Please help me make this dream 30th come true.

Name: Harry Krewson
City: Fort Collins
State: CO


we would come to your ranch to spend some quality family time. take in the beauty of your state, city and countryside.
frolic in the snow, drink some hot chocolate, and cherish the memories that fade so quickly

Name: steve dunlap
Company: pegsat communications
City: austin
State: TX

The flight from the east coast

Twas the week after Christmas
and on the East coast
I was fighting a cold and munching some toast,
When what on today’s email list should appear
But an invitation to a Vista Verde vacation
I might win.
The mountains were snowy, the horses looked fit,
And I knew in a moment I must enter it quick.
How lovely to win and breathe fresh Western air
So I wrote out this poem and sent it off with a click.

Name: Kate Pennebaker
City: East Hampton
State: NY

Snowflakes on my Nose!

I used to look at the sky
to catch a snowflake from on high
and wonder why it choose
to make its home upon my nose.

The crisp cold of the air
kept my crystal treasure sitting there
to capture the precious diamond from God
a perfect creation of his love.

Each flake likened to our people
the same as they float pass the steeple
but each one create to be it own by his hand
and then grouped with strength united we stand.

To reflect in the mountains so serene
on the greatness of the master’s scene
a dream to come true in the mountain pass, by chance my longing fulfilled at last.

Name: Barbara Cardinal Sorge
City: Belton,
State: Texas

My husband needs a vaca

My story is simple – my husband needs a vacation! So the entire stay would be doing whatever he likes to do best! Eating is very high on his list. And, chilling out. The Vista Verde would be a perfect place for us to relax together and enjoy the ranch life!

Name: Cindy Bean
City: Sarasota Ranch Club
State: FL

My perfect Vacation.

I would arrive at a lovely ranch with a beautiful barn. I would be greeted by friendly people and happy horses,grazing in there pasture, but curious enough to come over to greet me. I would settle in to an old fashioned room with modern conviences. I would have a wonderful meal that night. The next morning I would meet my perfect horse, he would be an older gentleman, perfectly trained , he would be happy to meet an old cowgirl ready to see the country side. We would ride for hours with a guide that would tell us the history of this land. As we arrive back at the ranch we could smell supper cooking. I would consider it a pleasure to brush my new friend and make sure he is confortable for the night.I would maybe relax in a hot tub before supper, and enjoy good conversation with other guest before bed. What a wonderful day in be in Gods country and enjoy his gift of the horse to man.Sweet Dreams to all

Name: Brenda Casteel
Company: Retired
City: Denton
State: North Carolina

Winter Love Renewal

Hi. I am in the process of looking for a great winter love escape for my husband and I. We were high school sweethearts, got married when we were just 18 years old and have now celebrated our 34th year of marriage. We have been through a lot of hardships and joy over the years and continue to build memories each and every day.
I am a retreat coach and specialize in taking women, couples and families on horse retreats. My husband, Bob, has been such a trooper in supporting me in this business. He comes with me when I do couple’s retreats because it wouldn’t be right to do a couple’s retreat without a couple leading it! Since we have been together so long, we feel like we should share with others some of the lessons we have learned about marriage and making it work.
I truly love what I do and feel it is a gift from God to be able to offer my life changing retreats to others. There are times, however, when I feel like I need to renew myself just like my participants renew themselves after attending one of my retreats. This winter vacation would do just that because it has all the elements I love: my husband to share it with, snow and cold, horses and a beautiful lodge to stay in.
Bob is in the real estate business and the last few years have been extremely tough. The stress on both of us as a result of this downward spiral of real estate has been enormous. We feel like we have been run over by a truck! We are trying to stay strong and positive, but it is difficult in this uneasy economy.
If we were chosen to be the winners of this awesome gift, we would take the time to just be with each other to renew our love, passion and excitement about life. Our escape from the outside world is sorely needed. We would focus on abundance, not scarcity. We would spend time cuddling by the fire just "being" instead of always "doing," We would go outside to experience the beauty of the snow and feel the strength of a horse underneath us. Bob and I both grew up in snow country but have been living in Atlanta that last 20 years and now miss the snowy landscape and the power of a horse plowing through the snow.
Bob and I would love to be ambassadors for your ranch while basking in the treasures of the dead cold of winter. I hope you can help us renew our relationship and love for each other through this fantastic gift.

Name: Teresa Wolf
Company: Soul Discovery on Horseback
City: Acworth
State: Georgia

I’ll be back

As a young college student from Indiana I was very lucky to get a job as a U. S. Forest Service fire fighter based in the heart of the Rockies in Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado. I left to attend my Grandfathers funeral and told everyone “I’ll be back” That was 1980 and after meeting my wife while completeing my education I have yet to show her the beauty and majesty of our Rockies. My three sons could practically recite all of the stories that I have told them of my days out there. This would be an amazing anniversary gift for my wife of 33 years in March. Thanks for a really cool contest. What a great way to promote this amazing vacation spot.

Name: Gerald “Jerry” Wilson
Company: Racers Heating and Cooling
City: Mooresville
State: Indiana

Southern Winter

Southern winters range from summer to spring. Everyday is a flip flop day for me. Born and raised in the south even when I was in the military I was stationed in Florida. I just always wanted to experience a season other than summer for once in my life. My dream vacation has always been nestled in warm cozy cabin on a nice brisk winter night. Just for once I would like to experience fresh crisp air instead of a muggy humid day. The weather is so confusing in MS you have to wear a hoodie and shorts. The saying goes its never to cold for ice cream; that’s a year round thing.

Name: Amanda James
City: Pascagoula
State: MS

I need a getaway.

I have never been able to take an honest to goodness vacation. When my wife and I went on our honeymoon,we had to take the oldest son with us. Our life right now is like a living hell,what with the problems and struggles we are going through. A much needed getaway would do wonders for our sanity.

Name: Larry Slaughter
City: Oak Hill
State: WV

One Dream

Dream! One has to do that. Life doesn’t ‘necessarily hand out wonderful experiences like Santa gives out candy. Going to Vista Verde would be like the most wonderful Santa present ever.
It would be our country lifestyle but without the work!!! and experiences we have only dreamed about. It would be the wonderful trail horses that are so quiet as you go down that snowy road and watching the reining horses do their magic! It would be snowshoe trails with new vistas opening before our eyes and sleigh bells ringing, calling us to come for a ride. It would be enjoying wonderful meals and giggling over a glass of wine in the evening as we remembered the days adventures. It would be three days that would take us away for a wonderful, once in a lifetime, experience. One that would be written in our hearts forever and be a light and delight for us to remember when we return to our "real lives".

Name: Toni Wilhite
City: Cranbrook
State: British Columbia

Snow for Sand

Being a Horse Ranch owner in the tropics certainly has it’s high points. No more blankets or clipping winter coats, sometimes I miss those days. However, it has its own set of challenges… We miss the days of getting up, breaking up water buckets, trekking miles through the snow in the mountains and then falling asleep next to the fire place. It’s all the things we turned in from horse life and careers in the United States to be here in Costa Rica with the rescues (we now have 10). It would be an amazing experience to go back, if only for a few days. I know we would enjoy that break and a nice walk down memory lane.

Name: Jennifer Dalton
Company: Tierras Nativas
City: Bejuco, Guanacaste
State: Costa Rica

Wintertime in Colorado

Oh, winter time in Colorado
My heart is there, and there I should go
Yes, Vista Verde, majestic glower
So much like heaven, just a little lower
Both places, some day I want to be
In Colorado and eternity

Name: mike morgan
Company: Yellowstone River Music

Bringing back memories.

Hey Vista Verde, It’s me Lexie Carie. I was blessed enough to have meet you all through U of M. I came to your resort two summers ago. It was the week of my birthday. I enjoyed myself a lot and all the staff I miss dearly, you are all fabulous. If you dont remember me I was the one who wanted to ride the horses so badly but could not because of my hip. A few months after arriving home I went to ER because I had the start of pnemonia. When I got to the ER they took my tempature and I had spiked a really high fever just on the way to the hospital. They took some blood tests and my bone marrow transpplant doctor came in. He had tears in his eyes..He told me "it was back" at first I didnt believe it but thinking back me and my mom saw signs when we were at the ranch. The hip was one and I was having trouble walking sometimes. I am currently still in treatment but I will be done in November. One thing I will never forget about Vista Verde is even though I couldnt ride a horse Steve King took me on my very first dirt bike ride, It was so amazing to view Colorado that way. I told my mom the minute we got on the plane that we had to come back..I had to ride that horse. Not any horse because I can ride horses somewhere by home. I had to ride THAT horse. Months before we knew about the trip I would tell my mom about all the things I wanted to do when I got there and the only thing that made me the most excited was to ride one of your horses. I have pesterd my mom about taking a 3 day winter trip because they were cheaper and she said it probably wasnt going to happen, I was pretty bummed but I understood. So from that moment on I decided Vista Verde was going to be my honeymoon destination if you were still up and running. Thankfully I am friends with you all on facebook and realized this great oppertunity! I love to write and I was going to write a story but I feel it may end up being too long to read. I have never been to Colorado in the winter but I LOVE THE SNOW, winter is my absolute favorite season. Mainly beacuse of all the activites. Plus in december I got a hip replacement and hopefully will be able to enjoy life a little more, like riding horses and I really like snowboarding! I was looking at all the things you offer for the winter and I saw you offered sleigh rides, I think that is so cool. I have always wanted to go on one, In a way I find them magical! and what a great way to spend time experiencing Colorado. My stay would consist of a lot of horseback riding, sledding, sleigh ride and snowboarding if it is offered, I love being outside in the winter and I would love to seey you all again and experience Colorado in a whole new way! I understand that because I have already been here you probably will give the prize to someone else and thats fine, everyone deserves to have a trip like this, its once in a lifetime but when i saw this offer I thought hey maybe twice in a lifetime…IT COULDNT HURT!! I have already thought about the other person I would bring if I won. My Dad. My mom wouldnt probably like that but my dad really likes winter too and he would really enjoy it. My dad was supposed to come with me and my mom that summer but his job was really bad and he didnt have any money so he had to go to work, It was hard to have him miss out because I know he would have enjoyed it. He played it off like it was no big deal but inside I could tell he knew he just passed up a once in a lifetime oppetunity. I would really love to give him that oppertunity again. He really deserves it, He works hard and doesnt do much for himself. He never has the money too. I would love to come back to the ranch with my dad and see all of you and spend some good quality alone time with him. I think it would lift his spirits a lot, It has been a rough year. I really appreciate you taking the time to read this. It does mean a lot and I hope someday I will see you all again!
Ps. I attached some pictures of when me and my mom came.

Name: Lexie Carie
City: Chesterfield
State: MI

Our vacation

Our time at Vista Verde would be a time of romance for us. We’d spend time renewing our love for each other. We;d do some outdoor activaties such as learning to snow ski.

Name: Robert Bridges
City: Jacksonville
State: NC